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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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The White Trash Cowboys of Father and Son

The White Trash Cowboys of Father and Son

(p.58) The White Trash Cowboys of Father and Son
Larry Brown and the Blue-Collar South

Thomas Ærvold Bjerre

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter offers a reading of Larry Brown’s 1996 novel Father and Son within the context of a literary and cinematic tradition in Mississippi. Father and Son is a story of honor, justice, violence, and “what it means to be a man,” a morality play set in the South of the late 1960s. The chapter argues that Brown first adopts conventions of the Western—the indomitable landscape and a “distinct set of moral codes” among them—before ultimately subverting them to suit his own purposes.

Keywords:   violence, Larry Brown, Father and Son, Mississippi, justice, morality, South, Western, landscape, moral codes

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