South to a New Place Southern (Literary Studies Series): Region, Literature, Culture

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Contributors to this exciting collection continue the work of critically and creatively remapping the South through their free-wheeling studies of southern literature and its culture. In appraising representations of the South within a context that is postmodern, diverse, widely inclusive, and international, the essays present multiple ways of imagining the South and examine both new places and old landscapes in an attempt to tie the mythic southern balloon down to earth.

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Overview

Contributors to this exciting collection continue the work of critically and creatively remapping the South through their free-wheeling studies of southern literature and its culture. In appraising representations of the South within a context that is postmodern, diverse, widely inclusive, and international, the essays present multiple ways of imagining the South and examine both new places and old landscapes in an attempt to tie the mythic southern balloon down to earth.

Essayists include the best and brightest in southern literary criticism: Suzanne W. Jones, Sharon Monteith, Richard Gray, Scott Romine, Barbara Ladd, Carolyn Jones, Jon Smith, Paul Lyons, Wes Berry, Eric Anderson, Robert McRuer, Matthew Guinn, Martyn Bone, Maureen Ryan, Amy J. Elias, Michael Kreyling, Christine Gerhardt, Deborah Cohn, Helen Taylor, and Diane Roberts.

Together these eminent scholars explore the roles that economic, racial and ideological tensions have played in the formation of southern identity through varying representations of locality, moving regionalism toward a "new place" in southern studies.

Associate professor of English at the University of Richmond, Suzanne W. Jones is the editor of three other books, including Growing Up in the South. Sharon Monteith, senior lecturer in the School of American and Canadian Studies at the University of Nottingham in England, is the author of Advancing Sisterhood? Interracial Friendships in Contemporary Southern Fiction.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780807128237
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Series: Southern Literary Studies Series
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword: Inventing Communities, Imagining Places: Some Thoughts on Southern Self-Fashioning
Introduction: South to New Places 1
Pt. I Surveying the Territory
Where Is Southern Literature? The Practice of Place in a Postsouthern Age 23
Dismantling the Monolith: Southern Places - Past, Present, and Future 44
Race and Intimacy: Albert Murray's South to a Very Old Place 58
Southern Culture on the Skids: Punk, Retro, Narcissism, and the Burden of Southern History 76
Larry Brown's Joe and the Uses and Abuses of the "Region" Concept 96
Pt. II Mapping the Region
I'll Take My Land: Contemporary Southern Agrarians 121
Toni Morrison's Revisionary "Nature Writing": Song of Solomon and the Blasted Pastoral 147
Native American Literature, Ecocriticism, and the South: The Inaccessible Worlds of Linda Hogan's Power 165
Queer Locations, Queer Transformations: Randall Kenan's A Visitation of Spirits 184
Into the Suburbs: Richard Ford's Sportswriter Novels and the Place of Southern Fiction 196
Placing the Postsouthern "International City": Atlanta in Tom Wolfe's A Man in Full 208
Outsiders with Inside Information: The Vietnamese in the Fiction of the Contemporary American South 235
Postmodern Southern Vacation: Vacation Advertising, Globalization, and Southern Regionalism 253
Pt. III Making Global Connections
Italy and the United States: The Politics and Poetics of the "Southern Problem" 285
North, South, East, West: Constructing Region in Southern and East German Literature 303
"Of the Same Blood as This America and Its History": William Faulkner and Spanish American Literature 320
The South and Britain: Celtic Cultural Connections 340
Afterword: The South of the Mind 363
Contributors 375
Index 381
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