Baylor English Professor’s forthcoming book explores influence of oral storytelling in works of great southern authors.

May 8, 2014

Dr. Sarah Ford - Baylor English Professor’s forthcoming book explores influence of oral storytelling in works of great southern authors.

WACO, TX – In her upcoming book, Tracing Southern Storytelling in Black and White, Baylor associate professor of English, Dr. Sarah Ford, digs deep into the rich literary mother lode of such diverse southern writers as Mark Twain and Alice Walker to uncover their artful use of oral storytelling in creating some of America’s most treasured stories and characters.

Ford uses each chapter of the 200-page work to detail the connections to and adaptations of southern storytelling common to a different pair of authors, one black, one white. It is a topic and an approach that already is gathering a trove of positive reviews and has many anticipating the book’s release by the University of Alabama Press in August.

More information on Tracing Southern Storytelling in Black and White can be found at the Amazon pre-release listing by clicking here.

Dr. Ford earned her Ph.D. at Tulane University, and also serves as director of undergraduate studies at Baylor.

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