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Bill Hardwig

November 8, 2013
Bill Hardwig

Bill Hardwig

Bill Hardwig, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in the English Department, specializes in Southern and Appalachian literature. His book Upon Provincialism: Southern Literature and National Periodical Culture, 1870-1900 was recently published by the University of Virginia Press. Drawing on tourist literature, travelogues, and local-color fiction about the South, Upon Provincialism tracks the ways in which the nation’s leading interdisciplinary periodicals, especially the Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, and the Century, translated and broadcast the predominant narratives about the late-nineteenth-century South. The book argues that fears about national unity, immigration, industrialization, and racial dynamics in the South could be explored through the safe and displaced realm of a regional literature that was often seen as mere entertainment or as picturesque depiction of quaint rural life. Harilaos Stecopoulos, author of Reconstructing the World: Southern Fictions and U.S. Imperialisms, 1898–1976, writes, “Hardwig’s argument stands in productive tension with recent work on regionalism, but it also contributes to new millennium scholarship on multiculturalism and transnationalism. Upon Provincialism succeeds admirably in changing the way we understand nineteenth-century U.S. literature.”

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