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:
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