Literature of the New South Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Rubin, Louis D., Jr. “The Literature of the New South.” In Fifteen American Authors Before 1900: Bibliographic Essays on Research and Criticism, edited by Robert A. Rees and Earl N. Harbert, pp. 401-12. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1971.

Bibliographic record of scholarship treating Southern literature in the period 1865 to 1900.


Arbery, Glenn Cannon. “Victims of Likeness: Quadroons and Octoroons in Southern Fiction.” The Southern Review 25, no. 1 (January 1989): 52-71.

Mentions George Washington Cable's story concerning miscegenation, “Madame Delphine,” as part of a thematic survey of Southern fiction dealing with mixed races.

Jones, Anne Goodwyn. Tomorrow Is Another Day: The Woman Writer in the South, 1859-1936. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1981, 413 p.

Contains essays on a number of Southern women writers—including Augusta Jane Evans, Grace King, Kate Chopin, Mary Johnston, and Ellen Glasgow—which highlight the tension between the prescribed roles of white women in the South and the artistic demands of literary expression.

Kreyling, Michael. “Southern Literature Anthologies and the Invention of the South.” In Inventing Southern Literature, pp. 56-75. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1998.

Considers the politicized construction and reevaluation of Southern literary history as represented by the major literary anthologies of the twentieth century.

O'Brien, Michael. “The Middle Years: Edwin Mims.” In Rethinking the South: Essays in Intellectual History, pp. 131-56. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1988.

Examines the life of Edwin Mims, a little-known, middle-class Southern intellectual whose writings frequently explore the subject of the Old South as it was perceived in the New.

Smith, C. Alphonso. “Historical Tendencies in Recent Southern Literature.” In Southern Literary Studies, pp. 71-82. Port Washington, NY: Kennikat Press, 1927.

Considers the revitalized interest in history prevalent in Southern novels written after 1870.

Turner, Arlin. “Mark Twain and the South: An Affair of Love and Anger.” The Southern Review IV, New Series, no. 2 (April 1968): 493-519.

Discusses Mark Twain's ambivalent and contradictory relationship with the American South.

Wood, W. Kirk. “Before Republicanism: Frank Lawrence Owsley and the Search for Southern Identity, 1865-1965.” Southern Studies 6, no. 4 (winter 1995): 65-77.

Summarizes the revisionist historical thesis of Frank Lawrence Owsley and the Southern Agrarians, who believed that the nineteenth-century conflict between the American North and South was not a struggle between slavery and freedom, but rather a clash over republicanism, in large part due to economic and cultural differences between the Agrarian South and the commercialized and industrialized North.