The World Is Our Home: Society and Culture in Contemporary by Jeffrey J. Folks, Nancy Summers Folks

By Jeffrey J. Folks, Nancy Summers Folks

Because the early Seventies southern fiction has been more and more conscious of social matters, together with the continued struggles for racial justice and gender equality, the lack of a feeling of social group, and the decline of a coherent nearby id. The essays in The international Is Our Home specialise in writers who've explicitly addressed social and cultural matters of their fiction and drama, together with Dorothy Allison, Horton Foote, Ernest J. Gaines, Jill McCorkle, Walker Percy, Lee Smith, William Styron, Alice Walker, and so on. The individuals supply priceless insights into the transformation of southern tradition over the last thirty years and probe the social and cultural divisions that persist. the gathering makes a massive case for the centrality of social critique in modern southern fiction.

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You listen to him now, and you won't even have this"' (174). Sheriff Mapes's assessment, "you want to keep them slaves the rest of their lives" (175), suggests that Candy's desire to help the black people is combined with a desire to control them and take responsibility for them that is reminiscent of nineteenth-century planters' paternal roles. 4 Standing up first to white injustice and then to Candy's paternalism is not enough to make the old black men feel like men; rather, it takes an act of physical force to certify their manhood.

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White people believe that they're better than anyone else on earth-and that's a myth" (190-92). With the first two words Grant challenges Jefferson to fulfill his potential, to become both friend and hero. Grant's definition of "hero" matches Gaines's: "It occurred to me one day that the only black people I knew as a child were heroes .... My hero is a person who will get up and go to work every damn day, and see himself not accomplishing much that day or maybe the next day, but will get up anyway and try it again, against the odds, to make life a little bit better" (Gaines, "Southern" D2).

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