1 Allen Tate, âThe New Provincialism,â in Essays of Four Decades (Wilmington, DE: ISI, 1999), 546. Modern Language Quarterly 65:4 (December 2004): 561â 81. Â© 2004 University of Washington. MLQ December 2004 In âThe New Provincialismâ Tate argued that the renascence had been a product of the Southâs long-delayed entry into modernity, an efï¬orescence dependent on the creative tension between traditional and modern values that the First World War had forced the region to recognize: âWith the war of 1914 â1918, the South reentered the world â but gave a backward glance as it stepped over the border: that backward glance gave us the Southern renascence, a literature conscious of the past in the presentâ (545). Such fortuitous circumstances could not last, as Tate had predicted in âThe Profession of Letters in the Southâ: âFrom the peculiarly historical consciousness of the Southern writer has come good work of a special order; but the focus of this consciousness is quite temporary. It has made possible the curious burst of intelligence that we get at a crossing of the ways, not unlike . . . the outburst of poetic genius at the end of the sixteenth century when commercial England
Modern Language Quarterly: A Journal of Literary History – Duke University Press
Published: Dec 1, 2004
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