Item description for The Secret Country: Decoding Jayne Anne Phillips' Cryptic Fiction (Costerus New Series 165) by Sarah Robertson...
"The Secret Country" is the first monograph on the work of the contemporary American novelist Jayne Anne Phillips. Through detailed and innovative textual analysis this study considers the southern aspects of Phillips' writing. Robertson demonstrates the importance of Phillips' place within the southern literary canon by identifying the echoes of William Faulkner, Katherine Anne Porter and Edgar Allan Poe that permeate her work. Phillips' complex attachments to a regional past are explored through both psychoanalytical and historical materialist approaches, revealing not only the writer's distinctly southern preoccupations, but also her reflections on contemporary American society. Tracing the family dynamics in Phillips' work from the turn of the twentieth century to the present, this book examines the effects of increased modernization and capitalization on everyday interactions, and questions the nature of the author's backward glance to the past. This volume is of interest for a wide audience, particularly students and scholars of contemporary southern and American literature.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.58" Width: 5.91" Height: 1.02" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date Jan 17, 2007
ISBN 9042021403 ISBN13 9789042021402