James A. Crank, New Approaches To Gone With The Wind

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Atlanta History Center says
Since its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind has held a unique position in American cultural memory, both for its particular vision of the American South in the age of the Civil War and for its often controversial portrayals of race, gender, and class. New Approaches to Gone With the Wind offers neither apology nor rehabilitation for the novel and its Oscar-winning film adaptation. Instead, the nine essays provide distinct, compelling insights that challenge and complicate conventional associations.

Racial and sexual identity form a cornerstone of the collection. Mark C. Jerng and Charlene Regester each examine Margaret Mitchell’s reframing of traditional racial identities and the impact on audience sympathy and engagement. Jessica Sims mines Mitchell’s depiction of childbirth for what it reveals about changing ideas of femininity in a postplantation economy, while Deborah Barker explores transgressive sexuality in the film version by comparing it to the depiction of rape in D. W. Griffith’s earlier silent classic, Birth of a Nation. Other essays position the novel and film within the context of their legacy and their impact on national and international audiences.

James A. Crank, editor of New Approaches to Gone With the Wind, is assistant professor of American literature at the University of Alabama, author of Understanding Sam Shepard, and editor of the forthcoming The Morning Watch and Collected Short Fiction of James Agee

Admission for all lectures is $5 members, $10 nonmembers, and free to AHC Insiders unless otherwise noted. Reservations are required, please call 404.814.4150 or reserve tickets online at MargaretMitchellHouse.com/Lectures.
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By: Atlanta History Center

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