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Larry Brown and the Blue-Collar South$
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Jean W. Cash and Keith Perry

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781934110751

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781934110751.001.0001

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Hard Traveling

Hard Traveling

Fay’s Deep-South Landscape of Violence

(p.73) Hard Traveling
Larry Brown and the Blue-Collar South

Robert Beuka

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter offers a reading of Larry Brown’s 2000 novel Fay, arguing that its pervasive violence is a defining characteristic of the postmodern South. A gripping and violent tale of a young woman who escapes an abusive home life and travels alone through Mississippi, Fay associates the road with violence, danger, and gruesome death. In handling this dark environment and its effect on his characters, Brown summons the Southern Gothicism of William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor as well as the school of literary naturalism. Moreover, he creates empathy for his characters that is in stark contrast to stereotypical depictions of the Southern poor whites.

Keywords:   violence, Larry Brown, Fay, South, Mississippi, road, danger, death, Southern Gothicism, literary naturalism

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