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American passages : 13. Southern renaissance. 14. Becoming visible

Published by : Oregon Public Broadcasting From Annenberg/CPB Physical details: 60 min. Year: 2002
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Series description: American Passages is a video series that looks at American literature, connecting major writers to those less often taught. The series takes an expanded view of American literary movements, bringing in a diversity of voices and tracing the continuity among them. The 16 half-hour programs explore works of fiction, prose and poetry within their historical, social and cultural contexts. The videos are coordinated with the NORTON ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE, and are used in the United States as the basis of a one or two-semester university level course on American literature. 13. Southern Renaissance "My subject in fiction," Flannery O'Connor tells us, "is the action of grace in the territory held largely by the devil." One might do well to ask what, if not the devil, haunts the American South in this era between the wars. This program uncovers the revisioning of Southern myths during the modernist era by writers William Faulkner and Zora Neale Hurston. 14. Becoming Visible This program guides the viewer through the works and contexts of ethnic writers from 1945-1965. Starting with the works of Ralph Waldo Ellison, Philip Roth, and N. Scott Momaday, we explore the way writers from the margins took over the center of American culture.