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World War I and Southern Modernism

David A. Davis


When the United States entered World War I, parts of the country had developed industries, urban cultures, and democratic political systems, but the South lagged behind, remaining an impoverished, agriculture region. Despite New South boosterism, the culture of the early twentieth-century South was comparatively artistically arid. Yet, southern writers dominated the literary marketplace by the 1920s and 1930s. World War I brought southerners into contact with modernity before the South fully modernized. This shortfall created an inherent tension between the region’s existing agricultural socia ... More

Keywords: World War I, Southern modernism, Southern Renaissance, Southern literature, African American literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781496815415
Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496815415.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David A. Davis, author
Mercer University