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By Jane Smiley

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They do not ‘‘accept’’ the Writing Southern Cultures 17 contemporary South; they take the measure of it by being a part of it and apart from it, and working at the consequent tensions. Writing both in and about their culture(s) and the changes, people like the author of Edisto – and there are many of them – dramatize what it means to be a Southerner now. In the process, they tell us what it means to live in history, Southern or otherwise, and potentially out of it; they offer the possibility of experience with understanding.

Athens, GA. Bassett, John E. ) (1997) Defining Southern Literature: Perspectives and Assessments, 1831–1952. Cranbury, NJ. Batteau, Allen W. (1990) The Invention of Appalachia. Tucson, AZ. Berlin, Ira (1998) Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America. Cambridge, MA. Black, Earle and Black, Merle (1987) Politics and Society in the South. Cambridge, MA. ) (1981–4) Perspectives on the American South: An Annual Review of Society, Politics, and Culture, Vols. I and II. New York.

New York, 1988), p. 13. See also, Lee Smith, Oral History (New York, 1983), p. 292. 11 Harry Crews, Florida Frenzy (Gainesville, FL, 1993), p. 55. See also, Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia (London, 1974), p. 235. 12 Connie Z. Atkinson, ‘‘ ‘Shakin’ Your Butt for the Tourist’: Music’s Role in the Identification and Selling of New Orleans,’’ in Dixie Debates: Perspectives on Southern Cultures, edited by Richard H. King and Helen Taylor (London, 1996), p. 154. See also, p. 155. 13 Sam G. Riley, Magazines of the American South (New York, 1986), p.

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