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Title:
Understanding Bobbie Ann Mason
Author:
Price, Joanna, 1961-
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Publication Information:
Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
187 pages ; 19 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
Biography and background -- Understanding Bobbie Ann Mason -- Shiloh and other stories -- In country -- Spence + Lila and Love life -- Feather crowns.
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ISBN:
9781570033810
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Book

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An analysis introducing Mason's nonfiction prose, short stories and novels. Price sheds light on the writer's distinctive style and thematic concerns in her writings about contemporary Western Kentucky.


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An excellent addition to the "Understanding Contemporary American Literature" series, this study--like Bobbie Ann Mason's fiction--will appeal to both general and academic audiences. Price (Liverpool John Moores Univ., UK) emphasizes Mason's "interest in moments of historical transition," such as the start of the 20th century in Feather Crowns (1993) and the post-Vietnam War era in her most famous book, In Country (1985). Price's discussion of the novels, including Spence + Lila (1988), distinguishes this volume from Albert Wilhelm's Bobbie Ann Mason: A Study of the Short Fiction (CH, May'99). Her comments on Shiloh and Other Stories (1982) and Love Life: Stories (1989) are less detailed than Wilhelm's, but her overview of Mason's writings is more comprehensive. Price's observations on "the objectification of the female body," the impact of "consumer culture" on rural Kentucky characters, and the role of nature in modern America suggest the appeal of Mason's work to literary theorists. Unfortunately, Mason's Clear Springs: A Memoir (1999) must have appeared after Price completed work on the present volume. Highly recommended for all libraries, public and academic. J. W. Hall University of Mississippi