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Abstract

In his paper, "Southern American Regional Sensibility versus the North," Krzysztof Kowalczyk-Twarowski investigates some key myths underlying the culture of the American South. Kowalczyk-Twarowski discusses the issue of national versus regional sensibility in early statesmen and writers such as Thomas Jefferson, George Fitzhugh, and John C. Calhoun. Starting with the mythology that evolved about North-South relations in the wake of the Civil War, Kowalczyk-Twarowski delineates some steps in the construction of regional feeling. In his analysis of the latter, Kowalczyk-Twarowski argues that the romanticized image of the South is a product of Northern needs for an antidote to the fast pace of change which swept America in the last decades of the nineteenth century. Using the examples of the 1930 anthology I’ll Take My Stand and The Thanatos Syndrome by Walker Percy, Kowalczyk-Twarowski shows how Southern mythology resists change and supports self-defensive passivity instead.

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