History and other scholars mostly from Georgia address race in the context of Woolfolk murders; African American farmers; the influenza pandemic of 1918 and 1919; how experience of the region impacted ideas about race in the work of Jean Toomer; the pimiento pepper industry from 1911 to 1951; USDA Home Demonstration Agent Margaret Toomer and the Ham and Egg shows; the influence of Carson McCullers, Erskine Caldwell
, and Flannery O'Connor; female pilot Charlotte Frye; Pine Mountain Valley, a cooperative farm community, part of a series of New Deal projects; and library services for African Americans in Macon from 1881 to 1970.
Much of their subject matter evokes the works of Southern Gothic writers like William Faulkner, Erskine Caldwell
and Carson McCullers, among other inuences.
Academic and literary luminaries whose work has appeared in Studies in the Novel include Erskine Caldwell
, Judith Fetterley, James Olney, Joseph Heller, Anthony Burgess, Donald Pizer, George Hutchinson, Larry Reynolds, Michael Gilmore, Marianna Torgovnick, Wai-Chee Dimock, Robert Hemenway, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Pericles Lewis, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Patricia Meyer Spacks, Michael Hollister, Michelle Burnham, Susan Gallagher, Alan Rauch, Eric Savoy, and Christina Milletti.
Marquand, and Erskine Caldwell
. Some needed more attention than others.
The period movie, which has been written by Linda Yellen and is described as an "epic love story", follows the real-life romance of writer Erskine Caldwell
and photojournalist Margaret Bourke White, who collaborated on three books and got married before divorcing a few years later.
James Weldon Johnson's The Autobiography of an Ex- Colored Man is read with Walter White's The Fire in the Flint; George Schuyler's Black No More with William Faulkner's Light in August; Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind with Allen Tate's The Fathers; and Erskine Caldwell
's Trouble in July with Richard Wright's Native Son.
Griffiths' The Birth of a Nation, on such writers as Erskine Caldwell
and William Faulkner, whose writings on occasion examined lynchings.
From the overcooked music to the great use of insects to the Erskine Caldwell
ethos that seems to infuse everything, "Wild Man" is immersed in American grime.
William Faulkner and Erskine Caldwell
may seem like an odd pairing to us today, but in the early 1930s, these two Southern authors were equated as members of a modern school of horror and violence, a school to which novelist Ellen Glasgow gave the name "Southern Gothic." In this essay, I assert that the emergence of Southern Gothic reflects a cultural shift to a positive, pejorative whiteness--positive in the sense of visible and obvious rather than invisible, and pejorative in the sense of taking on some of the negative characteristics of the raced Other.
Sarah Holmes gives an important reinterpretation of Erskine Caldwell
's fiction, which has been too long taken to demonstrate the socialist concerns of the 1930s.
Certain facts--that, in nineteenth-century England and France, Dickens and Zola used realism and naturalism, respectively, to criticize the hegemonic society; that in the 1930s such American and Latin American writers as John Steinbeck, Erskine Caldwell
, Jorge Icaza, and Ciro Alegria wrote realistically in order to challenge the hegemonic groups that were exploiting the poor--are not addressed.