Analysis Of The Poem ' Night, And Chute 's The Beans Of Egypt Maine '

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The sense of place in Wideman’s Sent For You Yesterday, Gay’s Provinces of Night, and Chute’s The Beans of Egypt Maine transcends physical boundaries and is “seen heard, smelled, imagined, love, hated, feared, revered, enjoyed or avoided.” In Sent For You Yesterday, generations of Homewood inhabitants unconsciously become products of their landscape. The novel 's characters—Brother Tate, Doot Carl, Albert Wilkes (among others)—become manifestations of the history and experiences of Homewood, as long as they remain within the confines of this rural place. Bernice Murphy, in her book The Rural Gothic in American Pop Culture, writes that “the otherness of the region is dramatized in ways which graphically reaffirm the sense…that the rural poor are themselves monstrous and degenerate” (Murphy 141). However, the perception of the rural exclusively “monstrous” and “degenerate” is typically the urbanites one-dimensional construction of the rural space. The idea of the (as a generalization) “backwoods savage” is a stereotype perpetuated by an oversimplified misconception of the rural landscaped and its inhabitants. The central characters in novels of these rural authors complicate the crude perceptions of the rural imagination. In an interview with Jessica Lustig, Wideman reaffirms that the characters in Homewood “created [a community] not so much with bricks and boards—they created it through their sense of values and the way they treat one another, and the way they treat the…

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