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Place, Regional Culture, and Regional Literature

Wendy Griswold

in Regionalism and the Reading Class

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780226309224
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226309262 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226309262.003.0002
Place, Regional Culture, and Regional Literature

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This chapter considers what exactly a place is and how people make one. It focuses on cultural expressions of place, both in the more passive form of regional culture and in the more assertive form of regionalism. It then turns to literature and the aesthetic structure of literary regionalism, rooted in classical pastoral and encountered most often in the contemporary regional mystery. Examples of these genres will flesh out the understanding of how regional literature operates and why its appeal is so strong.

Keywords: cultural expression; place; regional culture; regionalism; literary regionalism; regional literature

Chapter.  11147 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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