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Kreyling, Michael 1948-

Works: 19 works in 84 publications in 1 language and 8,337 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  History  Biography  Domestic fiction 
Roles: Editor, Annotator
Classifications: PS3545.E6, 813.52
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Most widely held works by Michael Kreyling
Inventing southern literature by Michael Kreyling ( )
7 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 2,029 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In Inventing Southern Literature Michael Kreyling casts a penetrating ray upon the traditional canon of southern literature and questions the modes by which it was created. He finds that it was, indeed, an invention rather than a creation. From their heyday to the present, Kreyling investigates the historical conditions under which literary and cultural critics have invented "the South" and how they have chosen its representations. Through his study of these choices, Kreyling argues that interested groups have shaped meanings that preserve "a South" as "the South."
The South that wasn't there postsouthern memory and history by Michael Kreyling ( )
8 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,491 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Once, history and "the South" dwelt in close proximity. Representations of the South in writing and on film assumed "everybody knew" what had happened in place and time to create the South. Today, our vision of the South varies, and there is less "there there" than ever before. In The South That Wasn't There, Michael Kreyling explores a series of literary situations in which memory and history seem to work in odd and problematic ways. Looking at Toni Morrison's masterpiece Beloved, he tests the viability of applying Holocaust and trauma studies to the poetics and politics of remembering slavery
Understanding Eudora Welty by Michael Kreyling ( Book )
12 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Offering fresh insights into the work of one of America's classic fiction writers, Understanding Eudora Welty provides close readings of Welty's novels and short stories and the memoir One Writer's Beginnings. Michael Kreyling sifts through contemporary reviews and recent criticism in arriving at his assessment." "As he considers the many assessments and reassessments of Welty's work, Kreyling uncovers and discusses the myriad identities that critics have attached to her - that of southern writer, southern gothicist, "Southern Renaissance" writer, modernist, and feminist. Denying the sufficiency of any single label, Kreyling suggests that Welty never wrote to a formula and never wrote the same story twice. Kreyling instead reveals the dynamic growth in the depth and complexity of Welty's vision and literary technique over the course of her career."--BOOK JACKET
Eudora Welty's achievement of order by Michael Kreyling ( Book )
10 editions published between 1979 and 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,042 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Author and agent : Eudora Welty and Diarmuid Russell by Michael Kreyling ( Book )
6 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Correspondence between Eudora Welty and her agent of three decades, Diarmuid Russell, offers insight to their special relationship, world events, literary trends, and the course of American publishing
Figures of the hero in southern narrative by Michael Kreyling ( Book )
5 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
New essays on Wise blood by Michael Kreyling ( Book )
11 editions published between 1995 and 2007 in English and held by 544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
These new critical essays on Wise Blood, Flannery O'Connor's explosive first novel, not only question our understanding of the "Southern Gothic," but launch a new inquiry into the nature and history of O'Connor's critical reputation, at a time when the construction of literary history is itself conflicted. Despite being a woman and a twentieth-century author - conditions that have traditionally proved inimical to canonization - O'Connor is now perceived as a "classic" American writer and continues to speak with striking clarity and disturbing vision to successive generations. Thus far, however, most critical interpretations of Wise Blood have been written in much the same key, focusing on the theological strength of its themes and the major character, Hazel Motes. The essays presented here break the monotony of this critical treatment by holding the novel up to the light of several new and controversial methodologies
The novels of Ross Macdonald by Michael Kreyling ( Book )
4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In his examination of Macdonald's eighteen detective novels, Kreyling suggests that this author elevated a popular genre from the plateau reached by Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler to a level of sophistication yet to be surpassed. Kreyling takes a fresh look at forgotten works as well as Macdonald's better known novels, and proposes that the literary merit of the Macdonald corpus calls for a closer, more discriminating reading than scholars commonly accord the genre. He considers the "mutual bond" of structure and life that informs Macdonald's work, the Freudian theories he has adopted to advance his genre, and the place his novels occupy in the larger literary canon. He shows how Macdonald forces protagonist Archer to mature and change by incorporating themes drawn from the novelist's own family life, the social and moral upheavals of the 1960s, America's and California's obsession with race, environmental sins, and the difficulties of aging.--From publisher description
Complete novels : the robber bridegroom ; Delta wedding ; The ponder heart ; Losing battles ; The optimist's daughter by Eudora Welty ( Book )
4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In a career spanning five decades, Eudora Welty has chronicled her own Mississippi with a depth and intensity matched only by William Faulkner. One of the most influential writers of the century, her novels and stories blend the storytelling tradition of the South with a modernist sensibility attuned to the mysteries and ambiguities of experience. Welty explores the complex abundance of southern, and particularly southern women's, lives with an artistry that Salman Rushdie has called "impossible to overpraise." Complete Novels gathers all of Welty's longer fiction in one volume for the first time. In The Robber Bridegroom (1942), based on a Grimm fairy tale, legendary figures from Mississippi's past, such as the keel-boat captain Mike Fink and the savage outlaws the Harp Brothers, mingle with Welty's own imaginings in a free-ranging and boisterous fantasy set along the Natchez Trace. The richly textured Delta Wedding (1946), set against a backdrop of rural Mississippi in the 1920s, vividly portrays the intricacies of family relationships in its account of the sprawling Fairchild clan. Edna Earle Ponder's unrestrained and delightfully absurd monologue, superb in its capturing of the rhythms of country speech, shows Welty's humor at its idiomatic best in The Ponder Heart (1954), a flight of invention culminating in a murder trial that becomes an occasion for exuberant comedy. The monumental Losing Battles (1970), composed over fifteen years, brings Welty's imaginative gifts to the largest canvas of her career, rendering a Depression-era family reunion with mythic scope and ebullient comic vigor. The volume concludes with The Optimist's Daughter (1972), a taut and moving story of a woman rediscovering the world of her childhood as she comes to terms with her father's death. Often considered her masterpiece, it won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1972
A late encounter with the Civil War by Michael Kreyling ( Book )
2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Eudora Welty by Michael Kreyling ( Book )
1 edition published in 1976 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Grandissimes; a story of Creole life by George Washington Cable ( Book )
3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this novel, the author provides a realistic portrait of race and class relations in New Orleans immediately following the Louisiana Purchase (1803). It chronicles the adventures and romances of various members of the Grandissime family, black, white, mixed race, rich and poor alike. The story begins when Honore Grandissime, the scion of the white branch of this powerful New Orleans clan, takes in Joseph Frowenfeld, a young man from Philadelphia whose entire family has died from yellow fever. Honore's conversations with Joseph about the New Orleans caste system shed light on the dilemmas at the center of the novel. Honore finds himself caught between an idealistic Joseph, who advocates sweeping social reforms that would end slavery but essentially erase Creole culture, and his prideful uncle Agricola Fusilier, who ostensibly holds onto a racist past in order to preserve the Grandissime way of life, one built on the foundations of slavery. Honore wants to establish a business partnership with his quadroon half brother (also called Honore) and do right by Aurora Nancanou, who was widowed and rendered destitute when Agricola murdered her husband over a gambling dispute. Yet his decisions regarding this tarnished family history are further complicated by his secret love for Aurora. The story of Bras Coupe, retold several times, connects the novel's divergent strands and is suggestive of Honore's struggle against his past and a vibrant New Orleans society that remains tainted by slavery's atrocities. Bras Coupe, an enslaved African prince on a Spanish Creole plantation, is engaged to Palmyre, Aurora's maid. Inspired by the indignity of his plight, Bras Coupe attacks his white overseer, and is soon viciously pursued by a mob of Creole aristocrats, among them Agricola, through the New Orleans swamps. Honore tries to prevent the African prince's punishment but to no avail. Upon his capture, Bras Coupe issues a curse on both his master and his plantation. He is summarily beaten to death, though only after his ears are cut off and his hamstrings slashed. Bras Coupe, literally meaning "arm cut off" in French, personifies the cruelty of slavery and the degeneracy that lies at the heart of a so called genteel southern society. The author's devotion to Creole society, rendered in romantic terms throughout the novel, is counterbalanced by the haunting presence of Bras Coupe's fate, which illustrates that a world of such charm and privilege comes at great human cost
Creating identity : the inventing of southern literature by Michael Kreyling ( Book )
1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Fugitives ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An account of the group of Southern writers known as the Fugitives, who came together at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and published a magazine which revolutionized Southern poetry and influenced poetry worldwide. Scholars discuss the work and attitudes of Donald Davidson, John Crowe Ransom, Allen Tate and Robert Penn Warren in particular. The Agrarians, a later group of writers which shared many members with the Fugitives, and their book I'll Take My Stand are also profiled briefly
George Washington Cable, in: American realists and naturalists by Michael Kreyling ( Book )
1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Eudora Welty correspondence with William Jovanovich by Eudora Welty ( )
in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Collection consists of correspondence between Eudora Welty and her publisher, William Jovanovich. Also included is correspondence between Jovanovich and Vanderbilt professor Michael Kreyling
Lafcadio Hearn, 1850-1904, in: American realists and naturalists by Michael Kreyling ( Book )
1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
The novels of Eudora Welty by Michael Kreyling ( Book )
1 edition published in 1975 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
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