Writing the South Through The Self: Explorations in Southern Autobiography by John InscoeWriting the South Through The Self: Explorations in Southern Autobiography by John Inscoe

Writing the South Through The Self: Explorations in Southern Autobiography

byJohn Inscoe

Paperback | May 1, 2011

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Drawing on two decades of teaching a college-level course on southern history as viewed through autobiography and memoir, John C. Inscoe has crafted a series of essays exploring the southern experience as reflected in the life stories of those who lived it. Constantly attuned to the pedagogical value of these narratives, Inscoe argues that they offer exceptional means of teaching young people because the authors focus so fully on their confrontations-as children, adolescents, and young adults-with aspects of southern life that they found to be troublesome, perplexing, or challenging.

Maya Angelou, Rick Bragg, Jimmy Carter, Bessie and Sadie Delany, Willie Morris, Pauli Murray, Lillian Smith, and Thomas Wolfe are among the more prominent of the many writers, both famous and obscure, that Inscoe draws on to construct a composite portrait of the South at its most complex and diverse. The power of place; struggles with racial, ethnic, and class identities; the strength and strains of family; educational opportunities both embraced and thwarted-all of these are themes that infuse the works in this most intimate and humanistic of historical genres.

Full of powerful and poignant stories, anecdotes, and testimonials, Writing the South through the Self explores the emotional and psychological dimensions of what it has meant to be southern and offers us new ways of understanding the forces that have shaped southern identity in such multifaceted ways.

John C. Inscoe is the Albert B. Saye Professor of History and University Professor at the University of Georgia. His nine books include Mountain Masters: Slavery and the Sectional Crisis in Western North Carolina and Race, War, and Remembrance in the Appalachian South. Inscoe is the editor of the New Georgia Encyclopedia and secretary-...
Title:Writing the South Through The Self: Explorations in Southern AutobiographyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:268 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:May 1, 2011Publisher:University Of Georgia PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0820337684

ISBN - 13:9780820337685

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Lessons from Southern Lives: Teaching Race through Autobiography
Chapter 2. "I Learn What I Am": Adolescent Struggles with Mixed-Race Identity
Chapter 3. "All Manner of Defeated, Shiftless, Shifty, Pathetic and Interesting Good People": Autobiographical Encounters with Southern White Poverty
Chapter 4. Railroads, Race, and Remembrance: The Traumas of Train Travel in the Jim Crow South
Chapter 5. "I'm Better than This Sorry Place": Coming to Terms with Self and the South in College
Chapter 6. Sense of Place, Sense of Being: Appalachian Struggles with Identity, Belonging, and Escape
Afterword. "Getting Fed Up with this Two-Tone South": Moving toward Multiculturalism
Selected Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

Using lives recounted by the southerners who lived them, Inscoe skillfully teases out meanings about the larger southern experience embedded in memoir. . . . In his hands, autobiography becomes an excellent teaching tool, which he uses to inspire students and promote empathy.

- Pamela Tyler - Journal of Southern History