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Elizabeth Spencer’s Other Southern Landscape: The Southern Woman in Italy, Or Voicing the Allure of Foreignness

Frédérique Spill
p. 129-155

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Privilégiant les quatre récits italiens sélectionnés pour The Southern Woman, cet article analyse l’entrelacs des représentations de l’italianité et de l’américanité, en examinant l’usage que fait Elizabeth Spencer des stéréotypes, contrastes, effets de miroir et contre-représentations, du point de vue de personnages-narratrices qui vivent et, pour la plupart, apprécient l’attrait de l’étrangeté et leur statut de résidentes temporaires dans une zone intermédiaire assez faste entre continents et cultures.

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Ce document sera publié en ligne en texte intégral en juin 2021.

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The Allure of Italy
Spencer’s Southern Woman, or Foreignness Within

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Some writers invent their new terrains; I preferred to go and look for mine. First and last, for me it was Italy. One after another, scenes I remember from that abundant Mediterranean world have wound up in my work, a sojourner’s baggage getting itself unpacked and shared. There’s a second country for everybody, one way or another.
(Spencer, Preface ix)

Elizabeth Spencer’s The Stories of Elizabeth Spencer, published in 1981, marked a turning point in her career as a writer, reviving the readers’ interest in her work. In her preface, which allowed her to take a backward glance at decades of short story writing, Spencer makes a few remarks and establishes a few distinctions that certainly shed light on what she perceives as her own “terrains.” First, she uses that word in the plural, thus immediately suggesting that the question of a writer’s sense of place and dealings with place can by no means be approached simply, let alone univocally. Secondly, she suggests that, in order to find h...

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Frédérique Spill, « Elizabeth Spencer’s Other Southern Landscape: The Southern Woman in Italy, Or Voicing the Allure of Foreignness », Journal of the Short Story in English, 72 | 2019, 129-155.

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Frédérique Spill, « Elizabeth Spencer’s Other Southern Landscape: The Southern Woman in Italy, Or Voicing the Allure of Foreignness », Journal of the Short Story in English [En ligne], 72 | Spring 2019, mis en ligne le 01 juin 2021, consulté le 28 novembre 2020. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/jsse/2486

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Frédérique Spill

Frédérique Spill is Professor of American literature at the University of Picardy – Jules Verne in Amiens, France. She is the author of L’Idiotie dans l’œuvre de William Faulkner (PSN, 2009), soon to be published in English. She contributed to Critical Insights: The Sound and the Fury (Salem Press, 2014) and to Faulkner at Fifty: Tutors and Tyros (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014). She has published articles in French and in English on Flannery O’Connor, Richard Ford, Cormac McCarthy, Robert Penn Warren, Jonathan Safran Foer, Nicole Krauss, Russell Banks and Ron Rash. The Wagon Moves: New Essays on As I Lay Dying, co-edited with Gérald Préher, appeared in 2018 (Cycnos). The Radiance of Small Things in Ron Rash’s Writing was published by South Carolina Press in 2019.

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