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The Center of the World: Regional Writing and the Puzzles of Place-Time

June Howard

Abstract

The Center of the World: Regional Writing and the Puzzles of Place-Time is a study of literary regionalism. It focuses on but is not limited to fiction in the United States, also considering the place of the genre in world literature. It argues that regional writing shapes ways of imagining not only the neighborhood, the province, and nation, but also the world. It argues that thinking about place always entails imagining time. It demonstrates the importance of the figure of the schoolteacher and the one-room schoolhouse in local color writing and subsequent place-focused writing. These repres ... More

Keywords: American literature, local color, local color fiction, regionalism, genre, place-time, American literary history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198821397
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198821397.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

June Howard, author
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of American Culture, English Language and Literature, and Women's Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor