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Reconsidering Tradition

Reconsidering Tradition by Barbara Ladd Other South: Faulkner, Coloniality, and the Mariátegui Tradition. By Hosam Aboul-Ela. Pittsburgh: U of Pittsburgh P, 2007. ix + 212 pp. $24.95 paper. A Web of Words: The Great Dialogue of Southern Literature. By Richard Gray. Athens: U of Georgia P, 2007. xii + 256 pages. $ 34.95 cloth. At first glance, Hosam Aboul-Ela’s book and Richard Gray’s would appear to have little in common. Richard Gray’s A Web of Words is a broad synthesizing study treating southern writing from the colo- nial period forward; Hosam Aboul-Ela’s Other South announces itself as a somewhat different kind of study, an attempt to read one U.S. author, William Faulkner, through a tradition originating with the Peruvian in- tellectual José Mariátegui and the dependency theorists of Latin Amer- ica and the Global South. Yet both books share an interest in transna- tional and global intertexts, as well as the importance of the local, and both are sophisticated in the application of their very different method - ologies. A Web of Words originated in the Mercer University Lamar Memorial Lectures delivered in 2006. Taking the idea (and the term) of “Great Di- alogue” from Mikhail Bakhtin and working through Bakhtin’s http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Southern Literary Journal University of North Carolina Press

Reconsidering Tradition

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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1534-1461

Abstract

by Barbara Ladd Other South: Faulkner, Coloniality, and the Mariátegui Tradition. By Hosam Aboul-Ela. Pittsburgh: U of Pittsburgh P, 2007. ix + 212 pp. $24.95 paper. A Web of Words: The Great Dialogue of Southern Literature. By Richard Gray. Athens: U of Georgia P, 2007. xii + 256 pages. $ 34.95 cloth. At first glance, Hosam Aboul-Ela’s book and Richard Gray’s would appear to have little in common. Richard Gray’s A Web of Words is a broad synthesizing study treating southern writing from the colo- nial period forward; Hosam Aboul-Ela’s Other South announces itself as a somewhat different kind of study, an attempt to read one U.S. author, William Faulkner, through a tradition originating with the Peruvian in- tellectual José Mariátegui and the dependency theorists of Latin Amer- ica and the Global South. Yet both books share an interest in transna- tional and global intertexts, as well as the importance of the local, and both are sophisticated in the application of their very different method - ologies. A Web of Words originated in the Mercer University Lamar Memorial Lectures delivered in 2006. Taking the idea (and the term) of “Great Di- alogue” from Mikhail Bakhtin and working through Bakhtin’s

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The Southern Literary JournalUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jan 27, 2010

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