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Ambiguous Adventure: African Americans and the American South

Ambiguous Adventure: African Americans and the American South Ambiguous Adventure: African Americans and the American South by Lovalerie King Emmett Till in Literary Memory and Imagination. Ed. Harriet Pollack and Christopher Metress. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2008. x + 262 pp. $22.50 paper. I Don’t Hate the South: Reflections on Faulkner, Family, and the South. By Houston A. Baker, Jr. New York: Oxford UP, 2007. xviii + 198 pp. $125.00 cloth, $ 25.00 paper. Emmett Till in Literary Memory and Imagination examines representations of the relationship between history and memory in lit- erary works produced since Till’s lynching in 1955. The eleven selections use essays, poetry, drama, and fiction as source material, while providing substantial evidence of the murder’s immediate and lasting impact on southern, national, and international cultural memory. The introduction recalls the 1998 James Byrd lynching in Jasper, Texas, before providing basic details about the Till murder and trial. Christopher Metress exam- ines lynching as cultural trauma in “On That Third Day He Rose: Sac- ramental Memory and the Lynching of Emmett Till.” He also considers representations of Till as a redemptive figure whose murder is thus refig - ured as a sacric fi ial act. Other essays consider Anne Moody’s Coming of Age http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Southern Literary Journal University of North Carolina Press

Ambiguous Adventure: African Americans and the American South

The Southern Literary Journal , Volume 42 (1) – Jan 27, 2010

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University of North Carolina Press
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Copyright © 2009 the Southern Literary Journal and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of English.
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Abstract

Ambiguous Adventure: African Americans and the American South by Lovalerie King Emmett Till in Literary Memory and Imagination. Ed. Harriet Pollack and Christopher Metress. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2008. x + 262 pp. $22.50 paper. I Don’t Hate the South: Reflections on Faulkner, Family, and the South. By Houston A. Baker, Jr. New York: Oxford UP, 2007. xviii + 198 pp. $125.00 cloth, $ 25.00 paper. Emmett Till in Literary Memory and Imagination examines representations of the relationship between history and memory in lit- erary works produced since Till’s lynching in 1955. The eleven selections use essays, poetry, drama, and fiction as source material, while providing substantial evidence of the murder’s immediate and lasting impact on southern, national, and international cultural memory. The introduction recalls the 1998 James Byrd lynching in Jasper, Texas, before providing basic details about the Till murder and trial. Christopher Metress exam- ines lynching as cultural trauma in “On That Third Day He Rose: Sac- ramental Memory and the Lynching of Emmett Till.” He also considers representations of Till as a redemptive figure whose murder is thus refig - ured as a sacric fi ial act. Other essays consider Anne Moody’s Coming of Age

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The Southern Literary JournalUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jan 27, 2010

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