Haunted Bodies: Gender and Southern Texts

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In Haunted Bodies, Anne Goodwyn Jones and Susan V. Donaldson have brought together some of our most highly regarded southern historians and literary critics to consider race, gender, and texts through three centuries and from a wealth of vantage points. Works as diversive as eighteenth-century court petitions and lyrics of 1970s rock music demonstrate how definitions of southern masculinity and femininity have been subject to bewildering shifts and disabling contradictions for ...

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In Haunted Bodies, Anne Goodwyn Jones and Susan V. Donaldson have brought together some of our most highly regarded southern historians and literary critics to consider race, gender, and texts through three centuries and from a wealth of vantage points. Works as diversive as eighteenth-century court petitions and lyrics of 1970s rock music demonstrate how definitions of southern masculinity and femininity have been subject to bewildering shifts and disabling contradictions for centuries.

University of Virginia Press

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The editors contend that stories of southern bodies<-->from the southern white lady praised for her lack of sexual desire, to black Jezebels and lynching victims accused of too much desire<-->have been structured, to a large extent, by interlocking aspects of gender, race, and class. An eclectic group of contributors interrogate southern texts ranging from late 18th-century accounts of slavery to contemporary fiction by women. They include private diaries by white women, slave narratives, 1970s southern white rock music, and southern women's autobiographies. Paper edition (1726-3), $22.50. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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The collection will help to shape -- and in some cases completely reshape -- the critical discourse on the works and authors included. -- Will Brantley
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  • ISBN-13: 9780813917252
  • Publisher: Univ of Virginia Pr
  • Publication date: 2/1/1998
  • Series: American South Series
  • Pages: 560

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Anne Goodwyn Jones is Associate Professor of English at the University of Florida. Susan V. Donaldson is Associate Professor of English and American Studies at the College of William and Mary. Both have lectured and published widely on gender and the South.

University of Virginia Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Haunted Bodies: Rethinking the South through Gender 1
The Mask of Obedience: Male Slave Psychology in the Old South 23
African-American Women and Their Pursuit of Rights through Eighteenth-Century Spanish Texts 56
Poe and Gentry Virginia: Provincial Gentleman, Textual Aristocrat, Man of the Crowd 79
The Flight down the Middle Walk: Mary Chesnut and the Forms of Observance 109
Reconstructing Southern Manhood: Race, Sentimentality, and Camp in the Plantation Myth 132
Race, Violence, and Manhood: The Masculine Ideal in Frederick Douglass's "The Heroic Slave" 159
Santa Claus Ain't a Real Man: Incidents and Gender 185
Engendered in the South: Blood and Irony in Douglass and Jacobs 201
Domesticity in Dixie: The Plantation Novel and Uncle Tom's Cabin 223
The Dining Room Door Swings Both Ways: Food, Race, and Domestic Space in the Nineteenth-Century South 243
Writing Sickness: A Southern Woman's Diary of Cares 257
Beyond the Hummingbird: Southern Women Writers and the Southern Gargantua 287
Biting the Hand That Writes You: Southern African-American Folk Narrative and the Place of Women in Their Eyes Were Watching God 319
Around, behind, above, below Men: Ratliff's Buggies and the Homosocial in Yoknapatawpha 343
Freedom, Manhood, and White Male Tradition in 1970s Southern Rock Music 369
Reading Family Matters 389
Nonfelicitous Space and Survivor Discourse: Reading the Incest Story in Southern Women's Fiction 416
The True Happenings of My Life: Reading Southern Women Autobiographers 443
Slavery, Race, and the Figure of the Tragic Mulatta; or, The Ghost of Southern History in the Writing of African-American Women 464
Gender, Race, and Allen Tate's Profession of Letters in the South 492
Contributors 519
Selected Name and Title Index 525
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