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Southern Frontier HumorNew Approaches$
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Ed Piacentino

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617037689

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617037689.001.0001

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Morphing Once Again

Morphing Once Again

From Jack to Simon Suggs to Aunt Lucille

(p.154) Morphing Once Again
Southern Frontier Humor

Winifred Morgan

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the legacy of southern frontier humor beyond the southern local color tradition by focusing on the trickster. It shows the reemergence of the trickster as con artist in contemporary southern literature, thus continuing the legacy of a Euro-American counterpart, a literary cross of the traits of both Jack and antebellum southern rogues such as Simon Suggs and Sut Lovingood. The chapter looks at tricksters in John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces (1980), Mark Childress’s Crazy in Alabama (1997) and Georgia Bottoms (2011), and Clyde Edgerton’s Walking Across Egypt (1987), Killer Diller (1991), and The Bible Salesman (2008).

Keywords:   southern frontier humor, southern literature, rogues, tricksters, John Kennedy Toole, Mark Childress, Clyde Edgerton, Walking Across Egypt, Crazy in Alabama, A Confederacy of Dunces

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