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World War I and Southern Modernism$
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David A. Davis

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496815415

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496815415.001.0001

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The Forward Glance

The Forward Glance

Modernity, Southerners, and Interregional Contact

(p.19) 1 The Forward Glance
World War I and Southern Modernism
David A. Davis
University Press of Mississippi

Contact between southerners and non-southerners during World War I was one of the crucial processes that led to the development of distal modernism by southern writers. This chapter describes the dynamics of contact during the war as a foreign conflict initiated a rapid sequence of domestic exchange and analyses the ways that interregional contact affected how writers represented the South. Interregional contact affected how writers from outside the South portrayed southerners, as illustrated in the work of F. Scott Fitzgerald and John Dos Passos, and as William Faulkner’s first novel Soldiers’ Pay demonstrates, it changed the way southerners imagined the South. Over the course of decades, Allen Tate developed a theory of how World War I affected southern writing, and his extended thought process is both an explanation of and an example of the impact of interregional contact on southern modernism.

Keywords:   Contact Zone, William Faulkner, John Dos Passos, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Allen Tate

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