"Brinkmeyer writes a lively, elegant prose . . . full of useful truths that remind his audience of why they read: to locate themselves and their cultures. His thesis is provocative . . . Highly recommended."
"[Brinkmeyer] expands the study of American literary regionalism to account for this important new tradition of multiply-inflected regional writing. . . . A well-written and accessible book, Remapping Southern Literature shows the importance of rethinking the significance of regionalism today."
"Brinkmeyer writes a lively, elegant prose, devoid of distracting jargon and full of useful truths that remind his audience of why they read: to locate themselves and their cultures. . . . Brinkmeyer claims that in Westerns Southerners seek not 'refuge from the problems of postmodern (and southern) life' but 'vantage points for exploring those problems.' The confluence of 'individuality and community, freedom and security, space and place' may give readers a much-needed new American legend. Highly recommended."
"[A] fresh dimension to the study of southern values and literature."
—Southern Literary Journal
"By providing close textual analyses of several representative and relevant works, Brinkmeyer provides a valuable tool for the study of southern literature which moves West. Brinkmeyer shows that Southern writers have shifted from manipulating a legendary region to establishing a balance between two regions."
"Brinkmeyer was instrumental in sparking the current critical interest in the field of southern-western studies. . . . Brinkmeyer's work is impressive because, like the authors and characters he analyzes, he maintains a humble critical posture which underscores rather than contradicts his mastery of this literary trend's theoretical and textual implications."
In Remapping Southern Literature, Brinkmeyer proposes that today’s southern writers are not by this shift abandoning southern culture but are instead expanding its reach by seeking to balance the ideals of the South and West. This effort points toward a new literary tradition and a new regional and national mythology that blends place and space, settlement and movement, community and individualism, security and freedom.
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