By James Ward Lee
For the 1st 1/2 the 20th century, Texas literature, tradition, and folklore have been ruled via J. Frank Dobie, the fellow Lon Tinkle known as "Mr. Texas." Dobie's Texas used to be a land of exuberance and romance, a time while Texas used to be pleased with itself and now not loath to allow the area understand it. however the tradition of the country replaced within the Nineteen Sixties, and the determine who changed Dobie because the dominant Texas author and literary icon used to be Larry McMurtry. The Texas of Larry McMurtry is a miles assorted panorama. The previous certainties have been changed by way of irony and cultural revolution. The excessive, huge, and good-looking posture of Texans used to be muted by way of politics, pupil unrest, and struggle. within the first essays during this volume--"The Age of Dobie" and "The Age of McMurtry"--James Ward Lee areas the writers, the politicians, and the cultural leaders within the context of every age. next chapters speak about writers and developments in Texas literature. Lee discusses long-standing arguments approximately Texas literature and surveys our bodies of labor that experience had an impression on it. one other a part of the e-book seems to be at Texas folklore and tradition. "The makes use of of Folklore," "The Folkways of the Arklatex," "Texas: Land of Legends and Myths," and "The Texas Sidekick" all learn the best way Texans dwell and paintings and notice the realm. the ultimate portion of the ebook is made from a few own essays by way of a guy whose principles and attitudes are often extraordinary yet regularly funny. Lee writes of the lifestyles he has led in Texas as a faculty professor and takes a backward examine his lifestyles from boyhood to provider within the U.S. military.
Read or Download Adventures With a Texas Humanist PDF
Best folklore & mythology books
An exploration of undying legends. First informed centuries in the past, the traditional myths of the Greeks and Romans proceed to fascinate and effect the area this day. The elevated version of this well known consultant examines why those legends stay a vital part of human historical past, bringing up their literary worth, and their presence all through pop culture in such works as J.
The son of Zeus, Perseus belongs within the first rank of Greek heroes. certainly to a couple he was once a better hero even than Heracles. With the aid of Hermes and Athena he slew the Gorgon Medusa, conquered a powerful sea monster and received the hand of the gorgeous princess Andromeda. This quantity tells of his enduring delusion, it really is rendering in paintings and literature, and its reception during the Roman interval and as much as the fashionable day.
"In the wide literature in relation to historic Greece, there is not any paintings that serves the needs of this quantity. A Swedish proverb speaks of putting the church in the course of the village, and that's accurately what Nilsson has the following performed. Homer and Hesiod shaped the root of the normal schooling of the Greeks mostly, and the good gods and goddesses as they seem in artwork exhibit perpetually the formative effect of the epic culture.
Loads of other forms of individuals have come to Texas because the Spanish first met the Indians inside its borders. and that's what this ebook is about—all the Cajuns and Mexicans and Czechs, all of the colours and breeds and bones that experience come to Texas and combined their blood and their methods of lifestyles with the land they settled and the folk they neighbored with.
- Scandinavian Folk Belief and Legend (Nordic Series)
- Latter-day lore : Mormon folklore studies
- Morphology of the Folktale
- Singing of Birth and Death: Texts in Performance
- Bad Clowns
Extra info for Adventures With a Texas Humanist
Moreover, the heroes are dirt farmers who could as easily be found in Alabama or Georgia. This novel, which takes place in and around Perry’s hometown of Rockdale, is often compared to John Steinbeck’s 16 t h e ag e o f d o b i e classic masterpiece about the same era, The Grapes of Wrath. Perry’s novel was filmed in 1945 as The Southerner by the French director Jean Renoir. Perry began his career as a reporter and as author of a series of stories published in Saturday Evening Post in the thirties.
He never won public office and had almost been forgotten as a writer when he died in 1961. Dobie said of House, “he was a poet as well as a historian and wordwielder” (New Handbook of Texas, 710). 17 t h e ag e o f d o b i e House’s history is not taken seriously, but he wrote the kind of secondary-source history that Dobie approved of. Today, popular columnists like Leon Hale of Houston keep the Dobie Texana tradition alive in newspapers. And the late A. C. Greene for many years wrote popular history in the Dobie manner for the Dallas Morning News.
Bedichek repaired to Friday Mountain Ranch at the age of almost seventy to begin his literary career with the writing of Adventures with a Texas Naturalist. To understand the meaning of Dobie, Bedichek, and Webb, it is necessary to understand how Texas was in the 1920s and afterward. The world saw Texas as a raw frontier, an intellectual wasteland peopled by cowboys and cactus. And Texans themselves didn’t always have a different view of their homeland. In other words, they bought into the myth that dime westerns and powder burners and B-movies taught them.
Adventures With a Texas Humanist by James Ward Lee