I Dont Hate the South: Reflections on Faulkner, Family, and the South

Paperback | August 28, 2007

byHouston A. Baker

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I Don't Hate The South takes its title from the famous declaration by Faulkner's character Quentin Compson in the novel Absalom, Absalom!. The book traces Baker's own ambivalent relationship to the South and its various protocols of family and black expressive cultural independence through amemoiristic recounting of the author's various academic posts, family dramas, travels, and engagements with that most famous of southern authors, William Faulkner as well as the black expressive "experimentalists" Percival Everett and Ralph Ellison. I Don't Hate The South's central claim is thatthe South is a laboratory, metaphor, and proving ground for American polity as a whole. W. E. B. Du Bois noted: "As the South goes, so goes the nation!" Houston Baker sets out to show the present-day wisdom of Du Bois's observation in a post-Hurricane Katrina moment of national family crisis. Withincisive wit, scrupulous literary and cultural analysis, and vivid portraits of members of his own family, the author provides captivating reading and an object lesson on the United States' regional and national interdependence.

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I Don't Hate The South takes its title from the famous declaration by Faulkner's character Quentin Compson in the novel Absalom, Absalom!. The book traces Baker's own ambivalent relationship to the South and its various protocols of family and black expressive cultural independence through amemoiristic recounting of the author's variou...

Houston A. Baker, Jr. is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. Currently Distinguished University Professor of English as Vanderbilt University, he has taught at Yale, the Universities of Virginia and Pennsylvania, and Duke. His books include Turning South Again: Re-Thinking Modernism, Re-Reading Booker T., Critical Memory: Public Spheres...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 5.51 × 7.99 × 0.59 inPublished:August 28, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionOn the Distinction of Jr.: Geographies of My Father NameLibraries of Consciousness: Public Reading and American IdentityA Book of Southern Distinction: The Souls of Black Folk at 100Still Crazy After All These Years: A Yale Black Studies StoryThe Poetry of Impulse: Black Words on Southern GreenModernity and the Transatlantic Rupture: A Meditation on the Slave TradeTraveling With Faulkner: A Tale of Myth, Contemporaneity, and Southern Letters"If you see Robert Penn Warren, ask him: Who does speak for the Negro?" Reflections on Monk, Black Writing, and Percival Everett's ErasureFailed Prophet and Falling Stock: Why Ralph Ellison was Never Avant-GardeThe Catch: A Meditation on Family, Mental Illness, and My FatherConclusion: Even God Believes in "No Guarantees"