Thomas Wolfe and Lost Children in Southern Literature

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Paula Gallant Eckard
6:30 p.m. Tues, Nov. 14, 2017, UNC Charlotte Center City

Eckard is an associate professor in the Department of English and director of American Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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Stories of the American South are steeped in a sense of “lostness,” often seen through the eyes of children as they experience loss, grief and tragedy. In her book, Thomas Wolfe and Lost Children in Southern Literature, author Paula Gallant Eckard calls upon Thomas Wolfe’s evocative and autobiographical novella The Lost Boy as a touchstone for her analysis of a group of contemporary southern novels.

Eckard examines the motif of the lost child, the impact of change and loss on children, and the sense of lostness -- losing one’s way, losing something or someone important, or losing out on life opportunities -- that pervades the work of many Southern writers. Young characters embark on personal quests to find someone or something or to resolve their grief or struggle.