In The South, Railroads Have Two Meanings They Are An Economic Force That Can Sustain A Town And They Are A Metaphor For The Process Of Southern Industrialization Recognizing This Duality, Joseph Millichap S Dixie Limited Is A Detailed Reading Of The Complex And Often Ambivalent Relationships Among Technology, Culture, And Literature That Railroads Represent In Selected Writers And Works Of The Southern Renaissance Tackling Such Southern Renaissance Giants As Thomas Wolfe, Eudora Welty, Robert Penn Warren, And William Faulkner, Millichap Mingles Traditional American And Southern Studies In Their Emphases On Literary Appreciation And Evaluation In Terms Of National And Regional Concerns With Contemporary Cultural Meaning In Terms Of Gender, Race, And Class.Millichap Juxtaposes Faulkner S Semi Autobiographical Families With Wolfe S Fiction, Which Represents Changing Attitudes Toward The Southern Other Faulkner S Later Fiction Is Compared To That Of Warren, Welty, And Ellison, And Warren S Later Poetry Moves Toward The Contemporary Post Southernism Of Dave Smith These Disparate Examples Suggest The Subject Of The Final Chapter The Continuing Search For Post Southern Patterns Of Persistence And Change That Reiterate, Reject, And Perhaps Reconfigure The Southern Renaissance As We Enter The Twenty First Century, That We Recall How Much The Twentieth Century South Was Shaped By Railroads Built In The Nineteenth Century It Is Also Important That We Recognize How Much Our Future Will Be Determined By The Technological And Cultural Tracks We Lay. Very interesting book about the effect of the railroads on the South and its growth.
- 146 pages
- Dixie Limited: Railroads, Culture, and the Southern Renaissance
- Joseph R. Millichap
- 11 December 2017 Joseph R. Millichap