Southern stories

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
James Archie Driggers (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Fred Chappell

Abstract: It is the purpose of this study to examine the ways in which a particular region can influence the values and beliefs of the people who live there. Though the three stories included in this thesis are not necessarily linked by a common theme, they all deal with men and women rooted in the South, especially the rural South. There is no one thing that can be described as a Southern mind, yet all the characters depicted here share a great many similarities: chiefly their religious attitude. In the first story, "Raymond and the Rapture," Raymond has chosen to live outside the fundamentalist Christian dogma which permeates the South, but even so, he cannot escape the consequences imposed on him by it. "Raymond and the Rapture" appeared in the Winter, 1975-76 issue of the Greensboro Review. "The Pattern" expresses many of the ideals shared by Southerners, who find not only a moral framework: in their religion, but also hope and comfort. The final story, "The Little Woman," is a comedy, and though I hesitate to label it an allegory, it symbolizes much of what is characteristically "Bible-Belt Christianity."

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Language: English
Date: 1976

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