Joel Chandler Harris and the Pastoral of the New South
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This chapter takes as its focus an author from a rather different social position than the majority of Southern writers earlier in the century. Joel Chandler Harris is of more humble stock, and the politics of his work can reflect these beginnings. Templeton’s analysis engages with the ongoing debates about Harris and his status as a romancer of the Old South, and his relationship with the New South, and seeks to explore the manifestations of these tensions in the realist short fiction of his collections, Free Joe, and other Georgian Sketches and Mingo and Other Sketches in Black and White.