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ENG 272 - Southern Literature: Welcome

This course provides an analytical study of the works of several Southern authors. Emphasis is placed on the historical and cultural contexts, themes, aesthetic features of individual works, and biographical backgrounds of the authors.

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Southern Literature

Southern literature consists of writing about the American South—the South being defined, for historical as well as geographical reasons, as the states of South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Kentucky, West Virginia and Arkansas. However, many famous Southern writers headed to other parts of the United States once they were able, thus the geographical birth of the author is not a defining factor in Southern writing.

Common themes that appear in southern writing might include slavery, the American Civil War, and Reconstruction. The culture in the South has also produced a strong focus within Southern literature on the significance of family, religion, community in one's personal and social life, and the use of Southern dialect.  The South's troubled history with racial issues also continually appears in its literature.

Periods in Southern Literature include:

  • Early & Antebellum (1600 to 1865)
  • Reconstruction (1865-1915)
  • Renaissance (1920-1944)
  • Post World War II (1945-)

Read North Carolina Novels

In its original form, the Read North Carolina Novels website included only novels set in North Carolina that were readily available in bookstores or libraries. The site was meant to help readers identify novels set in the state that they could easily obtain for their own reading pleasure.

This blog now has a broader scope. It includes novels by the full range of publishing houses, and even self-published novels as we became aware of those works. We have added information on older novels set in North Carolina so that the blog can function as a source of information on North Carolina novels across the decades.

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Home Grown Books

Home Grown eBooks pulls together eBooks from eight North Carolina publishers and makes them available to all of the NC LIVE libraries across the state.  The collection of more than 1,200 fiction and nonfiction titles are part of NC LIVE's permanent collections (they are yours forever!), and can be read simultaneously by an unlimited number of readers as part of the pilot project.

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