Swinging in Place

Porch Life in Southern Culture

By Jocelyn Hazelwood Donlon
(University of North Carolina Press, Paperback, 9780807849774, 208pp.)

Publication Date: November 2001

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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Exploring the meaning, symbolism, and role of the front porch in southern culture, Donlon shows that the porch is more than a comfortable place from which to greet passersby. She uses literature (including writings by Dorothy Allison, William Faulkner, Ernest Gaines, Gloria Naylor, Zora Neale Hurston, and Lee Smith), folklore, oral history, and photographs to reveal how southerners use the porch to negotiate public and private boundaries in society.

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