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To a casual reader the variety of these essays, based upon the comparable disparateness of the source imagery, can be a positive distraction because the studies are more culturally and geographically focused than thematic.
Fortunately, the past decade has seen this disparateness wane, as more and more scholarship has interrogated same-sex desire in Southern culture and literary production, both within the so-called Southern Renaissance and beyond its debated ends.
Although she has many interesting things to say along the way, in the end the disparateness of the material successfully resists her attempts to do so.