"We're what we are because of the Past": History, Memory, Nostalgia, and Identity in Walter Sullivan's The Long, Long Love

Tunc T. E.

AMERICAN STUDIES IN SCANDINAVIA, vol.46, no.2, pp.17-36, 2014 (AHCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 46 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.17-36
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Walter Sullivan (1924-2006), a Nashville, Tennessee native who spent most of his academic and professional life at Vanderbilt University, is generally considered by critics as a literary descendent of the first two generations of Fugitive-Agrarians and the Southern Renaissance to which they belong. This essay seeks to position Sullivan's second, largely forgotten novel, The Long, Long Love as part of the post-agrarian, post-Renaissance, postmodern, and post-southern American intellectual reevaluation of the South that questions tradition through an assertion of "pro-New South, pro urban, and pro-capitalist" values and thoroughly reconsiders Civil War "truths," myths, history, and memory.