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Title: Southern Gothic Literature


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Southern Gothic Literature
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What is Antebellum?
  • Antebellum Latin for before war
  • Ante before
  • Bellum war
  • Antebellum period was referred to as Old South.
  • 1784- 1860

3
The Antebellum Period
  • The Antebellum period is viewed by some with
    sentimental nostalgia
  • Who are some?
  • Who might not feel nostalgic?

4
The Antebellum Period
  • Nostalgia stems from the great prosperity of the
    time
  • Why was there great prosperity?
  • What are some images of pre-Civil War South?

5
Imagery of Antebellum Period
  • Southern belles
  • Great mansions
  • Plantations

6
Antebellum Period
  • Often these images are romanticized
  • What made this type of life possible for
    plantation owners?

7
Southern Belle
  • French belle means beautiful
  • Archetype for a young Southern woman of the upper
    class
  • Southern hospitality
  • Beautiful
  • Flirtatious
  • Chaste

8
Characteristics of Old South
  • Strong and proud family attachments
  • Identification with Southern history
  • Nostalgia for old plantation regime

9
Characteristics of New South
  • Integration of races
  • Indifference towards previous Southern history
  • Bleak outlook of the future

10
The Southern Writer
  • Harsh humor
  • Criticism of Old South such as racist
    attitudes, social structures, ways of thinking
    and living
  • Writing deals with conflict and break down in
    communication

11
Southern Gothic Tradition
  • Gothic a genre originating in late 18th century
    England
  • Early Gothic writers used the genre in part to
    criticize what they saw as the moral blindness of
    the medieval era

12
Southern Gothic Literature
  • Mental disease
  • Grotesque situations
  • Disturbed personalities
  • Damaged and delusional characters

13
Southern Gothic Literature
  • Often deals with the plight of those who are
    ostracized or oppressed by traditional Southern
    culture - blacks, women, and gays

14
Southern Gothic Writers
  • Flannery OConnor
  • Eudora Welty
  • William Faulkner
  • Carson McCullers
  • Tennessee Williams
  • Truman Capote

15
What you need to know
  • What does Antebellum mean?
  • What is a Southern Belle?
  • What is the Old South?
  • What is the New South?
  • What is a Southern Gothic Writer?
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