The Grave Side of Bobbie Ann Mason.

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      This article addresses the issue of closure in Bobbie Ann Mason's fiction and the creation or re-creation of public memory. In her short stories "Shiloh" and "Graveyard Day," the memoir "Clear Springs," and the novel "In Country," Mason converts the specifically Southern landscape and heritage into a new American image that struggles with its past victories and failures. The author believes that Mason uses Southern cemeteries as meeting places where the living are faced with their past. In the novel "In Country," Mason uses rituals connected to the Southern homecoming or Grave Decoration Day to restore a national community tainted by the way it remembers the past.