Intimacy and Power in the Old South
Ritual in the Lives of the Planters
Steven M. Stowe examines three types of ritual central to the elite planter culture of the pre-Civil War South: the affair of honor, courtship, and coming of age. Using these rituals as forman "maps" of Southern culture, Stowe shows how each embodies themes of authority, sexuality, and kinship, and he explores the full significance of such events as duels, cotillions, and the departure of a young person for school. In private lives these social rituals were embraced or resisted and ultimately shaped into everyday experience. Stowe;s biographies of three families show that the boundaries of private and social life became difficult to draw. The resulting tension between expectations and their fulfillment, between power and intimacy, lies at the heart of planter sulture in the Old South.
About the Author
Steven M. Stowe is associate professor of history at Indiana University.
"Impossible for a brief review to do justice to this intricately woven book, filled as it is with intriguing detail that, whatever it reveals about the collective consciousness, is guaranteed to engage the interest of any committed historian of the South."
|Johns Hopkins University Press|
|New Studies in American Intellectual and Cultural History|
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