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Bohemian SouthCreating Countercultures, from Poe to Punk$
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Shawn Chandler Bingham and Lindsey A. Freeman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469631677

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631677.001.0001

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James Agee and the Southern Superreal

James Agee and the Southern Superreal

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(p.73) James Agee and the Southern Superreal
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Bohemian South
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Lindsey A. Freeman

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631677.003.0005

Southern superrealism is not yet a canonized art movement, nor is it a social science. It has no self-appointed leaders or manifestos, no museum retrospectives, no scholarly journals, and it has not been established as a field of literature—at least not yet. This essay begins to imagine such a field, starting with the writer James Agee and his wild, ethnographically tinged works of fiction and nonfiction.

Keywords:   American South, James Agee, literature, social science, Surrealism

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