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A Companion to the Regional Literatures of America by Charles Crow

By Charles Crow

The Blackwell spouse to American neighborhood Literature is the main complete source but released for learn of this renowned box.

  • The so much inclusive survey but released of yankee neighborhood literature.
  • Represents a large choice of theoretical and old approaches.
  • Surveys the literature of particular areas from California to New England and from Alaska to Hawaii.
  • Discusses authors and teams who've been vital in defining neighborhood American literature.

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This [Portland] is too busy a place. I stand it very well. It doesn’t make me nervous. It’s just that it’s superfluous. Any Kansan knows that Oregon is a little too lavish” (Stafford 1987: 235). If there is a unity to Northwest writing, Stafford says, it is attributable less to “scenery and a mystique” and more to the kind of company writers keep. “If Theodore Roethke hadn’t moved to Seattle,” Stafford says, “the scene would be the same, but the literary scene wouldn’t be the same. I think he had a great effect on that.

It does not imagine “place” in literature as a conceptual index of social attitudes, or a receding backdrop for the actions of isolated selves in the foreground, but rather as a form of depth perception. Less a formalized movement in recent American writing than an impulse or a turn of mind, bioregionalism represents, in Gary Snyder’s 18 Michael Kowalewski words, “the entry of place into the dialectic of history” – but not “place” defined in exclusively human terms. “We might say,” Snyder asserts, “that there are ‘classes’ which have so far been overlooked – the animals, rivers, rocks, and grasses – now entering history” (Snyder 1990: 41).

And because it seems to deal faithfully with the minute matters of everyday life, regional writing has been considered somewhat staid, even, according to some of its critics, formulaic. Yet it is partially because the production and the subject-matter of regional writing (associated with non-normative persons) and the formal attributes of regional writing (associated with a predictable and delicious kind of nostalgia) are so apparently contradictory that regional writing has been able to develop its most powerful cultural strategies of mediating cultural difference.

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