27 original essays by leading scholars in the field examine Native American literature, Latina/o literature, Asian American as well as African American literatures, Caribbean studies, sexuality studies, the relationship of literature to film, and a number of other topics new to the field.
The Oxford Handbook of the Literature of the U.S. South brings together contemporary views of the literature of the region in a series of chapters employing critical tools not traditionally used in approaching southern literature. It assumes ideas of the South-global, multicultural, plural: more Souths than South-that would not have been embraced two or three decades ago, and it similarly expands the idea of literature itself. Representative of the current range of activity in the field of southern literary studies, it challenges earlier views of antebellum southern literature, as well as, in its discussions of twentieth century writing, questions the assumption that the Southern Renaissance of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s was the supreme epoch of southern expression, that writing to which all that had come before had led and by which all that came afterward was judged. As well as canonical southern writers, it examines Native American literature, Latina/o literature, Asian American as well as African American literatures, Caribbean studies, sexuality studies, the relationship of literature to film, and a number of other topics which are relatively new to the field.
Table of Contents
Contributors ; Introduction ; PART I: CONTACT TO THE CIVIL WAR ; 1. Literary and Textual Histories of the Native South. Eric Gary Anderson ; 2. Before Hypodescent: Whitening Equations in South America and the American South. Ruth Hill ; 3. The Dying Confession of Joseph Hare (1818): Transatlantic Highwaymen and Southern Outlaws in the Antebellum South. Thomas Ruys Smith ; 4. Jackson's Villes, Squares, & Frontiers of Democracy. Keith Cartwright ; 5. Locality and the Serial South. Lloyd Pratt ; 6. The Long Shadow of Torture in the American South. W. Fitzhugh Brundage ; 7. Masculine Sentiment, Racial Fetishism, and Same-Sex Desire in Antebellum Southern Literature. Michael P. Bibler ; PART II: THE CIVIL WAR AND BEYOND ; 8. Southern Affects: Field and Feeling in a Skeptical Age. Scott Romine ; 9. Not So Still Waters: Travelers to Florida and the Tropical Sublime. John W. Lowe ; 10. Indian Knives and Color Lines: Mark Twain from Hannibal to the Jim Crow Raj. Harilaos Stecopoulos ; 11. Narrative and Counternarrative in The Leopard's Spots and The Marrow of Tradition. Anthony Wilson ; 12. The Bright Side: African American Women and the Affective Archive of Southern Racial Uplift. Stephen Knadler ; PART III: SOUTHERN MODERNISMS ; 13. " Proffered for your perusal in ring by concentric ring": The South and the World in William Faulkner's Fiction. Owen Robinson ; 14. Richard Weaver, Lillian Smith, the South, and the World. Robert H. Brinkmeyer, Jr. ; 15. Arts of Abjection in James Agee, Walker Evans, and Luis Bunuel. Leigh Anne Duck ; 16. Tennessee Williams and the Burden of Southern Sexuality Studies. Gary Richards ; 17. Reimagining the South of Richard Wright: The Anti-Protest Writing of Albert Murray, Raymond Andrews, and Ernest Gaines. James W..Coleman ; 18. Letter-Writing, Authorship, and Southern Women Modernists. Will Brantley ; PART IV: AFTER SOUTHERN MODERNISMS: WRITING IN THE LATE TWENTIETH CENTURY AND CONTEMPORARY SOUTH ; 19. Nature and Spirituality in Contemporary Appalachian Poetry. John Lang ; 20. Southern Religion's Sexual Charge and the National Imagination. Katherine Henninger ; 21. Their Confederate Kinfolk: African Americans' Interracial Family Histories. Suzanne W. Jones ; 22. Mourning, Mockery, and the Post-South: Lars von Trier's Manderlay and Geraldine Brooks's March. Michael Kreyling ; 23. Made Things: Structuring Modernity in Southern Poetry. Daniel Cross Turner ; 24. Four Contemporary Latina/o Writers Ghost the U.S. South. Maria DeGuzman ; 25. You Don't Have to Be Born There: Immigration and Contemporary Fiction of the U. S.. South. Martyn Bone ; 26. Asian Americans, Racial Latency, Southern Traces. Leslie Bow ; 27. The Woundedness of Southern Literature, Looking Away. Minrose Gwin