Literary Narratives of the Antebellum South: Conceptualizations or Polarizations?

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Djamila Houamdi


The focal point of the present essay is examining the representations of the Old South in Southern American literature. The South as a region (and the pre-war epoch) occupied the American imagination for so long, and still does. Not only it gave birth to some of the greatest writers worldwide, but it produced songs, movies, much cotton and also myths. Thus, it is important to investigate the portrayal of the Antebellum South in southern literary works. William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! and Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind are one of the novels that marked the southern renaissance (1930s) like no other two did. However, their representations of the Civil War and the southern way of life cannot be more dissimilar. In what way(s) are these narratives different? And what is the impact, if any, of such difference on their reception? These are the main questions that the present research aims to answer.

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Houamdi, D. (2018). Literary Narratives of the Antebellum South: Conceptualizations or Polarizations?. Humanities Bulletin, 1(2), 251-268. Retrieved from