The grotesque body and socioeconomic change in Harry Crews's Naked in garden hills
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This project aims to offer a reading of the grotesque bodies that appear in Harry Crews’s Naked in Garden Hills through insights offered by Mikhail Bakhtin in Rabelais and His World. In this paper, I link the performances of the book’s unusual bodies to the socioeconomic narrative that runs throughout Crews’s novel. I give some information on the novel’s historical and geographical backdrop. I claim that Crews’s treatment of the grotesque ultimately points toward the economic regeneration of the town of Garden Hills that a new emphasis on tourism brings. This argument differs from previous readings of Naked in Garden Hills that highlight modern malaises, the unhappiness of the town’s citizens, and the internal deformities that the novel’s unusual bodies can signify.