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Regional Insularity and Aesthetic Isolationism: Ellen Glasgow’s The Builders and the First World War

Regional Insularity and Aesthetic Isolationism: Ellen Glasgow’s The Builders and the First... Regional Insularity and Aesthetic Isolationism: Ellen Glasgow’s The Builders and the First World War By Mark A. Graves As a Virginian with a hereditary pride in the land that pro- duced a Washington and a Jefferson, Ellen Glasgow left behind a rich, unique commentary on the major issues of her era and her region, not the least of which involved the evolution of southern letters from the “eva- sive idealism,” as she called it, of the plantation school of literature she so ardently abhorred. Born as she said with a “nonconformist mind” (“What I Believe” 219), Glasgow’s active involvement in women’s issues and her protection of animals have been well documented in critical collections such as Julius Raper’s Ellen Glasgow’s Reasonable Doubts and elsewhere, yet she was strangely passive in her response to the onset of World War I and American involvement later on. Although war in general created the social injustices and psychological hardships Glasgow deplored — and the technological advancements employed in World War I would magnify the devastation beyond prior human comprehension — except for granting an interview or two during the war itself, she remained rela- tively silent in both word and action as one http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Southern Literary Journal University of North Carolina Press

Regional Insularity and Aesthetic Isolationism: Ellen Glasgow’s The Builders and the First World War

The Southern Literary Journal , Volume 44 (2) – Jun 10, 2012

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University of North Carolina Press
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Copyright © 2008 the Southern Literary Journal and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of English.
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Regional Insularity and Aesthetic Isolationism: Ellen Glasgow’s The Builders and the First World War By Mark A. Graves As a Virginian with a hereditary pride in the land that pro- duced a Washington and a Jefferson, Ellen Glasgow left behind a rich, unique commentary on the major issues of her era and her region, not the least of which involved the evolution of southern letters from the “eva- sive idealism,” as she called it, of the plantation school of literature she so ardently abhorred. Born as she said with a “nonconformist mind” (“What I Believe” 219), Glasgow’s active involvement in women’s issues and her protection of animals have been well documented in critical collections such as Julius Raper’s Ellen Glasgow’s Reasonable Doubts and elsewhere, yet she was strangely passive in her response to the onset of World War I and American involvement later on. Although war in general created the social injustices and psychological hardships Glasgow deplored — and the technological advancements employed in World War I would magnify the devastation beyond prior human comprehension — except for granting an interview or two during the war itself, she remained rela- tively silent in both word and action as one

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Published: Jun 10, 2012

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