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Regionalism and the Reading Class$
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Wendy Griswold

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226309224

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226309262.001.0001

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Place, Regional Culture, and Regional Literature

Place, Regional Culture, and Regional Literature

(p.3) 1 Place, Regional Culture, and Regional Literature
Regionalism and the Reading Class

Wendy Griswold

University of Chicago Press

This chapter considers what exactly a place is and how people make one. It focuses on cultural expressions of place, both in the more passive form of regional culture and in the more assertive form of regionalism. It then turns to literature and the aesthetic structure of literary regionalism, rooted in classical pastoral and encountered most often in the contemporary regional mystery. Examples of these genres will flesh out the understanding of how regional literature operates and why its appeal is so strong.

Keywords:   cultural expression, place, regional culture, regionalism, literary regionalism, regional literature

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