The Southern Literary Journal

A peer-reviewed journal of scholarly articles on literature. Published biannually by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of English.

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 2, Spring

Allen Tate and the Metaphysics of Metaphor
"But we shall not know the world by looking at it; we know it by looking at the hovering fly." --Allen Tate, "The Hovering Fly," (117) I. The Challenge of the Chicago Criticism John Crowe Ransom and Allen Tate both claimed that poetry is a...
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A Louisiana Swamp Doctor's Diagnosis: Romantic Fatality and the Frontier Roots of Realism
Throughout the first half of the nineteenth century, scientists, social theorists, and artists tended to dichotomize all facets of physical and social life. In his study of nineteenth-century medical practices and social attitudes regarding medicine...
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A Splendor Never Known: Walker Percy and Historic Preservation
Did you know that the South and for all I know the entire USA is full of demonic women who, driven by as yet unnamed furies, are desperately restoring and preserving places, buildings? --Walker Percy, Lancelot, 103 No one, not even Faulkner,...
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Edgar Allan Poe and Elias Canetti: Illuminating the Sources of Terror
In The Torch in My Ear, the second volume of his four-volume autobiography, Elias Canetti recounts an episode from his university days in which he passed an uneasy morning in chemistry laboratory with a fellow student, Eva Reichmann: "I talked about...
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Knowing Their Place: Three Black Writers and the Postmodern South
The year 2002 must have been an enigma to professional Southwatchers. On December 5, celebrating South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday, Mississippian Trent Lott uttered words that soon led to his resignation as Republican majority...
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Reanimating the Trope of the Talking Book in Alice Walker's "Strong Horse Tea"
In a 1970 essay, "The Black Writer and the Southern Experience," Alice Walker qualifies her refusal to "romanticize the Southern black country life" of her upbringing, recalling that while she "hated it, generally ... no one could wish for a more advantageous...
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The Birth of Tragedy and the Awakening: Influences and Intertextualities
I For decades, scholars of Kate Chopin and her works have indirectly, or at least without much elucidation, acknowledged the Nietzschean strain they have observed in her canon, particularly in her masterpiece The Awakening (1899). One recent example...
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