Conversations with Barry Hannah (Literary Conversations) (Paperback)

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Conversations with Barry Hannah (Literary Conversations) (Paperback)

By James G. Thomas (Editor)

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Most interview articles or books are interesting for personal or professional information brought to light. This book does that, and Hannah was, no doubt, a person whose work and life, both, were iconoclastic. Beyond this, however, these interviews surrender the funny, brilliant and honest conversational language of Hannah that defined his social being and his fiction. A must read for Hannah fans--lots of Oxford stuff -- with a nice intro by Jimmy Thomas.

— Richard H.

Most interview articles or books are interesting for personal or professional information brought to light. This book does that, and Hannah was, no doubt, a person whose work and life, both, were iconoclastic. Beyond this, however, these interviews surrender the funny, brilliant and honest conversational language of Hannah that defined his social being and his fiction. A must read for Hannah fans—lots of Oxford stuff—with a nice intro by Jimmy Thomas.

— From Richard's 2015 and older picks

Between 1972 and 2001, Barry Hannah (1942-2010) published eight novels and four collections of short stories. A master of short fiction, Hannah is considered by many to be one of the most important writers of modern American literature. His writing is often praised more for its unflinching use of language, rich metaphors, and tragically damaged characters than for plot. "I am doomed to be a lengthy fragmentist," he once claimed. "In my thoughts, I don't ever come on to plot in a straightforward way."

Conversations with Barry Hannah collects interviews published between 1980 and 2010. Within them Hannah engages interviewers in discussions on war and violence, masculinity, religious faith, abandoned and unfinished writing projects, the modern South and his time spent away from it, the South's obsession with defeat, the value of teaching writing, and post-Faulknerian literature. Despite his rejection of the label "southern writer," Hannah's work has often been compared to that of fellow Mississippian William Faulkner, particularly for each author's use of dark humor and the Southern Gothic tradition in their work. Notwithstanding these comparisons, Hannah's voice is distinctly and undeniably his own, a linguistic tour de force.
James G. Thomas, Jr., is associate director for publications at the University of Mississippi's Center for the Study of Southern Culture. He is an editor of the twenty-four-volume New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture and The Mississippi Encyclopedia; coeditor (with Jay Watson) of Faulkner and Print Culture, Faulkner and History, and Faulkner and the Black Literatures of the Americas. His work has appeared in Ethnic Heritage in Mississippi: The Twentieth Century, Southern Cultures, Southern Quarterly, and Living Blues.
Product Details ISBN: 9781496804440
ISBN-10: 1496804449
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication Date: December 17th, 2015
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: Literary Conversations