The Classic: A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories (1955) by Flannery O’Connor In 1955, with this short story collection, Flannery O’Connor firmly laid claim to her place as one of the most original and provocative writers of her generation. Steeped in a Southern Gothic tradition that would become synonymous with her name, these…… Continue reading A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor (Classics Club)
Over the summer, I read several sets of books around the theme of Gender and Sexuality in the South as a directed readings course. The first pair were both specifically about feminist and queer theory, discussed here. This second pair — Killers of the Dream by Lillian Smith (1949/revised 1961) and Memoirs of a Race Traitor by Mab Segrest…… Continue reading White Lesbians on Race: Lillian Smith vs. Mab Segrest
The Wren’s Nest is one of Atlanta’s historic attractions — the house of Joel Chandler Harris, author of the Uncle Remus stories! I visited over Christmas break and was very impressed indeed. (Apologies for the bad Kindle pics, it’s dark in there!) Wren’s Nest promotional materials emphasize that while Uncle Remus can be a racist symbol in…… Continue reading Museum Visit: Wren’s Nest (Atlanta, GA)
I’ve spent the past few weeks frantically trying to finish up the semester. Here’s the first of the two papers I’ve been talking about — a summary of the history books that have been written about LGBT history in the South up to this point. I’d intended to add an annotated bibliography, but that’s pretty…… Continue reading Historiography of the Queer South
What is a toothbrush drill, and does it hurt? That was my question, anyway. I volunteer at the Tannehill museum. One job, from a while ago now, was to catalog sixteen boxes of old photographs of Alabama mining communities. These pictures were taken by the Land Department of the Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company,…… Continue reading What’s a Toothbrush Drill?