New South | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Robert O. Stephens

This literature criticism consists of approximately 37 pages of analysis & critique of New South.
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Critical Essay by Robert O. Stephens

SOURCE: Stephens, Robert O. “Genealogy of a Southern Family Saga.” In The Family Saga in the South: Generations and Destinies, pp. 14-39. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1995.

In the following essay, Stephens probes the literary precursors of George Washington Cable's novel The Grandissimes and discusses the work as the first fully-realized family saga in Southern literature.

When George Washington Cable produced the first authentic southern family saga in 1879, his book had a long literary lineage. As a family saga, The Grandissimes had early forebears such as the English country-house poems and country-house sketches, as well as family-centered novels of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. As in a family genealogy, some of the early ancestors demonstrated latent qualities that, combined with others, would become dominant through time and generations. The development of the...

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