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Corra Harris and the Divided Mind of the New
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Catherine Oglesby

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032474

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032474.001.0001

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Introduction: The “Contradictory” Legacy of Corra Harris

Introduction: The “Contradictory” Legacy of Corra Harris

(p.1) 1 Introduction: The “Contradictory” Legacy of Corra Harris
Corra Harris and the Divided Mind of the New South

Catherine Oglesby

University Press of Florida

Corra Harris was the most widely published and one of the most nationally popular woman writers in the United States during the twentieth century. Critics during her day and since have had a difficulty in categorizing Harris's works, often dismissing her work as part of a lightweight genre of domestic fiction. Harris's life and work do not fit wholly into any category. Harris simply defied characterization. Harris popularity and legacy first derived from A Circuit Rider's Wife. Since the book is marginally autobiographical, many readers remember Harris as the “circuit rider's wife”. This Introduction outlines the topics the other chapters in this book discuss. This book offers a glimpse of Harris's fascinating life and writing career. This book looks at the issues of race, class, and gender found in the works and literature of Harris. These issues found a constant struggle with the belief, experience, and values of Corra Harris. This book demonstrates the ways in which Harris's work and life both differed from and matched thouse of other southern women writers of her time. The book also reveals the manner in which time and place intersect with class, gender, race, and other variables in the forging of identity in her writing.

Keywords:   Corra Harris, woman writer, United States, race, class, gender, southern women writers

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