Conversations with Barry Hannah

Conversations with Barry Hannah

by James G. Thomas (Editor)


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Between 1972 and 2001, Barry Hannah (1942-2010) published eight novels and four collections of short stories. A master of short fiction, Hannah is considered by many to be one of the most important writers of modern American literature. His writing is often praised more for its unflinching use of language, rich metaphors, and tragically damaged characters than for plot. "I am doomed to be a more lengthy fragmentist," he once claimed. "In my thoughts, I don't ever come on to plot in a straightforward way."

Conversations with Barry Hannah collects interviews published between 1980 and 2010. Within them Hannah engages interviewers in discussions on war and violence, masculinity, religious faith, abandoned and unfinished writing projects, the modern South and his time spent away from it, the South's obsession with defeat, the value of teaching writing, and post-Faulknerian literature. Despite his rejection of the label "southern writer," Hannah's work has often been compared to that of fellow Mississippian William Faulkner, particularly for each author's use of dark humor and the Southern Gothic tradition in their work. Notwithstanding these comparisons, Hannah's voice is distinctly and undeniably his own, a linguistic tour de force.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496804358
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: 01/21/2016
Series: Literary Conversations Series
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

James G. Thomas, Jr., Oxford, Mississippi, is associate director for publications at the University of Mississippi's Center for the Study of Southern Culture. He is an editor of the twenty-four-volume New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture and the Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Series, and his work has appeared in Ethnic Heritage in Mississippi: The Twentieth Century, Southern Cultures, Southern Quarterly, Delta Magazine, and Living Blues.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Chronology xvii

Barry Hannah John Griffin Jones / 1980 3

Barry Hannah Jan Gretlund / 1982 32

The Spirits Will Win Through: An Interview with Barry Hannah R. Van Arsdall / 1982 42

An Interview with Barry Hannah Larry McCaffery Sinda Gregory / 1987 67

Barry Hannah Interview Don Swaim / 1993 83

An Interview with Barry Hannah James D. Lilley Brian Oberkirch / 1996 96

A Conversation with Barry Hannah Rob Trucks / 1997 113

The Art of Being Interesting: An Interview with Barry Hannah Jamie S. Dycus / 1998 136

Interview with Barry Hannah Terry Gross / 2001 144

Interview with Barry Hannah: February 6, 2001 Daniel E. Williams / 2001 156

Interview with Barry Hannah, Athens, Ohio Thomas Ærvold Bjerre / 2001 164

An Interview with Barry Hannah Marc Smirnoff / 2001 174

Southern Destroyer Shawn Badgley / 2003 185

Interview with Barry Hannah: October 13, 2005 Daniel E. Williams / 2005 197

Crying Like a Fire in the Sun: A Conversation with Barry Hannah Andrew Brininstool / 2008 204

Bat Out of Hell: An Interview with Barry Hannah Louis Bourgeois / 2008 212

Barry Hannah: Interview, with Handgun Tom Franklin / 2009 218

Barry Hannah in Conversation with Wells Tower Welts Tower / 2010 225

Index 236

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