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Representing Urban Appalachia: Fred Chappell's <i>The Gaudy Place</i>

Casey Clabough

in Inhabiting Contemporary Southern and Appalachian Literature

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780813041735
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043944 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813041735.003.0004
Representing Urban Appalachia: Fred Chappell's The Gaudy Place

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In The Gaudy Place, as is the case in novels such as Ivo Andric’s The Bridge on the Drina and Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio, the book’s setting also serves as its dominant character, with the various personalities contributing distinct aspects and avenues of interpretation to the collective identity of Braceboro. Like Mary Lee Settle’s Blood Tie, the book frequently switches characters and perspectives which, in turn, episodically construct the small Appalachian municipality that serves as both the novel’s backdrop and its central subject, defining and defined by the people and objects that exist in its space.

Keywords: Character; Appalachian municipality; Space

Chapter.  8190 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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