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Rough South, Rural SouthRegion and Class in Recent Southern Literature$
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Jean W. Cash and Keith Perry

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496802330

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2017

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496802330.001.0001

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Twenty-First-Century Writers: The Rural Southern Tradition Continues

Twenty-First-Century Writers: The Rural Southern Tradition Continues

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(p.210) Twenty-First-Century Writers: The Rural Southern Tradition Continues
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Rough South, Rural South
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Jean W. Cash

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496802330.003.0021

This chapter focuses on twenty-first-century writers who carry on the rural southern tradition in their work. Since 2000, several young southern writers, nearly all born after 1975 and from middle-class rural and lower-class backgrounds, have begun to publish fiction. Both portraying the areas where they were born and grew up and transcending those settings to address more universal themes, they have produced a significant body of praiseworthy work. Most were born into rural families but received the benefits of post-secondary education, but all seem committed to presenting the working-class South with realism and empathy. Among these new novelists are Joe Samuel Starnes, Peter Farris, John Brandon, Wiley Cash, Skip Horack, Barb Johnson, Michael Farris Smith, and Jesmyn Ward. Clearly, novels that address southern characters in southern scenes will continue to be written, whether of the Rough South variety from writers like Johnson or from writers like Ward, Horack, Brandon, Cash, and Smith.

Keywords:   southern writers, South, Joe Samuel Starnes, Peter Farris, Skip Horack, Barb Johnson, Michael Farris Smith, Jesmyn Ward, novels, Rough South

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