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Spring 2014 Books & Film Class Topic – Faulkner & Flannery: Exploring the Southern Gothic Held Wednesdays through February 26 at UL Lafayette Instructor: Dr. Mary Ann Wilson Notes will be updated each Friday through February 28; comment to join in the discussion. On Wednesday, we delved into Faulkner's second novel As I Lay Dying. His most well known and the one that's taught in high school English, this novel has all the elements of the Southern Gothic. "You can't get more Southern Gothic than carting your mother's rotting corpse across the state for burial," says Dr. Wilson. As I Lay Dying is also one of the few books by Faulkner that has much humor in it, but not everyone in class agreed with that. Some viewed the novel as quite dark, but I can admit I chuckled a few times, especially in some scenes with Anse Bundren. It also helps to consider the time period this book is set in — the Depression-era South — and that the Bundren family is poor white trash, only a step up from the African Americans, who are mostly absent in this book. Most of them have their own motives for wanting to go to Jefferson to bury their mother,

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Flowers in the Attic on Lifetime, Karen White completes her Tradd Street series, The New Yorker profiles Jennifer Weiner and 16 Books to Read Before They Hit Theaters in Literary News. The Savannah Book Festival in Literary Events, plus new fiction by MB Sellers inspired by the legend of Papa Legba. Happy Literary Friday!

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Twitter Chat with Tim Westover. A review of 'Dixie Bohemia.' The Scarlett O'Hara School of Self Deception in (Non)Required Reading. Haunted libraries, Flannery O'Connor & As I Lay Dying in Literary News. Telling tales in Literary Events & creative nonfiction about a claw-foot tub in Southern Voice. Happy Literary Friday!

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With the national popularity of films like The Help and television shows Treme and True Blood, it’s not surprising that Hollywood is going Southern in 2012. Boasting stories of war and competition, alternate history and adaptation of some of the greatest works of Southern literature, 2012 looks to be a banner year for the South on screen. Starting with Dolly Parton, who's starring in Joyful Noise opening today, intern Kati-Jane Hammet has compiled a list of the Southern-themed films and television shows coming out or in the works this year. So, set up your film-going calendar for January through December, which concludes with a huge Southern literary blockbuster on Christmas Day. by Kati-Jane Hammet

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