Carson McCullers in the Twenty-First Century

  • Alison Graham-Bertolini
  • Casey Kayser

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Back Matter
    Pages 269-279

About this book


The contributors to this volume use diverse critical techniques to identify how Carson McCullers’ writing engages with and critiques modern social structures and how her work resonates with a twenty-first century audience. The collection includes chapters about McCullers’ fiction, autobiographical writing, and dramatic works, and is groundbreaking because it includes the first detailed scholarly examination of new archival material donated to Columbus State University after the 2013 death of Dr. Mary Mercer, McCullers’ psychiatrist and friend, including transcripts of the psychiatric sessions that took place between McCullers and Mercer in 1958. Further, the collection covers the scope of McCullers’ canon of work, such as The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1940), The Member of the Wedding (1946), and Ballad of the Sad Café (1943), through lenses that are of growing interest in contemporary literary studies, including comparative transatlantic readings, queer theory, disability studies, and critical animal theory, among others.


Carson McCullers American literature The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Ballad of the Sad Café The Member of the Wedding

Editors and affiliations

  • Alison Graham-Bertolini
    • 1
  • Casey Kayser
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. 2320, Dept of EnglishNorth Dakota State UniversityFargo, North DakotaUSA
  2. 2.University of ArkansasFayettevilleArkansasUSA

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