Domestic Pastoral in The Holcombes

  • Peter Templeton


Templeton offers one of the first extended assessments of the writing of Mary Tucker Magill, a relative of Nathaniel Beverley Tucker and one of the first voices following the Civil War to write literature lamenting the defeat of the South. This chapter assesses not only Magill’s contributions to a nascent ‘Lost Cause’ mythology, but reads her novel The Holcombes as a combination of the popular female-authored genre of domestic fiction with the pastoral and romantic tropes of plantation literature, to create an image of the Old South that defies Northern criticisms.

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  • Peter Templeton
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  1. 1.Loughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK

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