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Cowbirds in America

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/9780226309262.003.0004
Cowbirds in America

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Drawing on an Internet survey sponsored by the National Geographic Society, this chapter explores the relationship between residential mobility and regionalism. It shows that literary regionalism is persisting, and that mobility itself is helping to reproduce it through the “cowbirds” that move into a region and catch up with those born there in terms of their local cultural knowledge. The conclusion argues that a dynamic social context, far from chipping away at enduring regionalism, actually produces it.

Keywords: regional literary culture; residential mobility; literary regionalism; local cultural knowledge; cowbirds; regionalism

Chapter.  10415 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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