Was Allen Tate a Revolutionist?

By |2017-12-10T08:51:33-06:00July 16th, 2016|Categories: Books, Conservatism, Featured, Literature, Religion, Southern Agrarians, Wyoming Catholic College|

Allen Tate’s contribution to I’ll Take My Stand poses a challenge. He concludes his “Remarks on Southern Religion” by stating that the way the Southerner can “take hold of his tradition” is by violence. In a group of essays that has eschewed a direct, political solution to the damaging cultural effects of industrialism, Tate [...]

Do Not Be Ashamed

By |2016-07-07T16:25:38-05:00July 10th, 2016|Categories: Poetry, Wendell Berry|

You will be walking some night in the comfortable dark of your yard and suddenly a great light will shine round about you, and behind you will be a wall you never saw before. It will be clear to you suddenly that you were about to escape, and that you are guilty: you misread [...]

Can a Southerner Ever Escape the South?

By |2016-06-11T09:25:39-05:00June 3rd, 2016|Categories: Agrarianism, Conservatism, Featured, History, Modernity, South, Ted McAllister, Wendell Berry|

In October of 1997, I attended the Southern Historical Association’s convention in Atlanta because I wanted to hear Paul Conkin’s presidential address, “Hot, Humid, and Sad.” What I heard was largely a history of the South in which climate and geography shaped a complex skein of human choices. Mostly a dense and almost perversely [...]

M.E. Bradford & the Intoxicated Air of the Modernist Moment

By |2016-06-20T13:29:21-05:00June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Agrarianism, Aristotle, Books, Dante, Featured, Homer, Literature, M. E. Bradford, Marion Montgomery, Plato, South, Southern Agrarians, St. Augustine|

IV M.E. Bradford The principle underlying the Agrarian­-New Critic’s position as literary critic, shared generally in the New Critical move­ment at large, may be simply put: Some poems are better than other poems. He judges them as things existing in them­selves, made by that intellectual crea­ture—man. The problem term, of course, is better, since it commits intellect, [...]

M.E. Bradford: Traditionalist as Rememberer

By |2016-06-11T09:26:54-05:00May 26th, 2016|Categories: Agrarianism, Books, Featured, Language, Literature, M. E. Bradford, Marion Montgomery, South, Southern Agrarians, Tradition|

We spoke of much else besides [our business of the day]: of friends and mentors and the tumors of both—their fortunes and misfortunes, their origins and our own; of illustrative stories, many of them drawn from outside the narrow confines of the academy; of adversaries ancient and modern; of our delight in the progress [...]

Agrarianism and Cultural Renewal

By |2016-06-11T09:19:43-05:00May 15th, 2016|Categories: Agrarianism, Culture, Featured, Lee Cheek, Southern Agrarians, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Lee Cheek as he examines the importance of agrarianism in American life and the necessity of restoring its place within our culture. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher Among the contributions to I’ll Take My Stand, Allen Tate’s “Remarks on the Southern [...]

The Art of Intimacy

By |2015-06-05T13:21:51-05:00June 15th, 2015|Categories: Books, Donald Davidson, Southern Agrarians|Tags: |

The Literary Correspondence of Donald Davidson and Allen Tate edited by John Tyree Fain and Thomas Daniel Young. Of those sources ordinarily consulted by literary historians and critics, letters are surely among the most suspect. In the first place, we all write lines that are no more than the accepted conventions of social intercourse: “I [...]

Freedom & Tradition: M.E. Bradford’s Southern Patrimony

By |2017-09-05T23:05:49-05:00April 12th, 2015|Categories: Christendom, Culture, Featured, M. E. Bradford, Mark Malvasi, Southern Agrarians|Tags: |

M.E. Bradford Ideas about property, language, and memory established the contours and parameters of M.E. Bradford’s Southern inheritance. In Bradford’s thought, property, language, and memory were linked in defense of what his mentor, Donald Davidson, characterized as “the great vital continuum of human experience to which we apply the inadequate term ‘tradition’….”[1] [...]

Russell Kirk and the South

By |2014-09-15T10:59:16-05:00September 15th, 2014|Categories: Conservatism, Russell Kirk, South, Southern Agrarians|

When Russell Kirk published The Conservative Mind in 1953, he included among the pantheon of conservatives in the United States John C. Calhoun and John Randolph of Roanoke. He chose not to call them simply slaveholding American conservatives or conservatives in the South, but instead “Southern Conservatives.” Kirk rejected the notion that southerners were [...]

There is Always Hope: Wendell Berry on the Environment, the Economy, and the Imagination

By |2018-12-08T14:13:40-06:00May 24th, 2014|Categories: Environmentalism, Imagination, Religion, Wendell Berry|Tags: |

Wendell Berry addressed faith, agrarianism, and why he hates “environmentalism” in a ninety minute conversation with Centre College Professor Eric Mount. The two men sat in angled wingback chairs before a crowd of more than two hundred listeners in the sumptuous surroundings of Louisville’s Crescent Hill Baptist Church. In true professorial fashion, Mount made [...]

A Review of Andy Catlett: Early Travels by Wendell Berry

By |2013-12-20T15:28:30-06:00October 25th, 2013|Categories: Books, Robert Cheeks, Wendell Berry|

Wendell Berry is a philosopher, and an important one in this postmodern era, who utilizes the essay, the poem, and, most importantly, the novel, to express his observations of concrete human beings and their life in community. It is in his novels, purposefully located in an agrarian setting, that he depicts the intrinsic interdependency of [...]

Allen Tate, Wendell Berry, and Sewanee’s Discarded ‘The Hidden Wound’

By |2016-07-26T15:26:49-05:00October 9th, 2013|Categories: Agrarianism, Books, Wendell Berry|Tags: |

Years ago, perhaps when I was still in graduate school, I stopped at a Chattanooga used bookshop when passing through. One has a mental list of authors to check, and I happened to find an uncommon thing: a hardcover first edition of Wendell Berry’s 1970 book on race and the South, The Hidden Wound. The [...]

Mel Bradford and Southern Agrarianism

By |2016-10-23T10:23:03-05:00July 26th, 2013|Categories: Agrarianism, Lee Cheek, M. E. Bradford, Sean Busick, South, Southern Agrarians|

Part I of “Not in Memoriam, But in Affirmation: Mel Bradford’s Scholarly Legacy at 20” The late Mel Bradford (1934-1993) was truly one of the giants of the postwar conservative intellectual movement. A Texan (born in Fort Worth), Bradford earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in English at the University of Oklahoma before going [...]

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