Look Away!: The U.S. South in New World Studies (New Americanists)

Look Away!: The U.S. South in New World Studies (New Americanists)

By: Jon Smith (editor), Deborah Cohn (editor)Paperback

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Look Away! considers the U.S. South in relation to Latin America and the Caribbean. Given that some of the major characteristics that mark the South as exceptional within the United States-including the legacies of a plantation economy and slave trade-are common to most of the Americas, Look Away! points to postcolonial studies as perhaps the best perspective from which to comprehend the U.S. South. At the same time it shows how, as part of the United States, the South-both center and margin, victor and defeated, and empire and colony-complicates ideas of the postcolonial. The twenty-two essays in this comparative, interdisciplinary collection rethink southern U.S. identity, race, and the differences and commonalities between the cultural productions and imagined communities of the U.S. South and Latin America. Look Away! presents work by respected scholars in comparative literature, American studies, and Latin American studies. The contributors analyze how writers-including the Martinican Edouard Glissant, the Cuban-American Gustavo Perez Firmat, and the Trinidad-born, British V. S. Naipaul-have engaged with the southern United States. They explore William Faulkner's role in Latin American thought and consider his work in relation to that of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Jorge Luis Borges. Many essays re-examine major topics in southern U.S. culture-such as race, slavery, slave resistance, and the legacies of the past-through the lens of postcolonial theory and postmodern geography. Others discuss the South in relation to the U.S.-Mexico border. Throughout the volume, the contributors consistently reconceptualize U.S. southern culture in a way that acknowledges its postcolonial status without diminishing its distinctiveness. Contributors. Jesse Aleman, Bob Brinkmeyer, Debra Cohen, Deborah Cohn, Michael Dash, Leigh Anne Duck, Wendy Faris, Earl Fitz, George Handley, Steve Hunsaker, Kirsten Silva Gruesz, Dane Johnson, Richard King, Jane Landers, John T. Matthews, Stephanie Merrim, Helen Oakley, Vincent Perez, John-Michael Rivera, Scott Romine, Jon Smith, Ilan Stavans, Philip Weinstein, Lois Parkinson Zamora

About Author

Jon Smith is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama. Deborah Cohn is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is the author of History and Memory in the Two Souths: Recent Southern and Spanish American Fiction.


Acknowledgments xi Introduction: Uncanny Hybridities / Jon Smith and Deborah Cohn 1 1. THE U.S. SOUTH AND THE CARIBBEAN A New World Poetics of Oblivion / George B. Handley 25 Delta Desterrados: Antebellum New Orleans and New World Print Culture / Kirsten Silva Gruesz 25 Slave Resistance on the Southeastern Frontier: Fugitives, Maroons, and Banditti in the Age of Revolution / Jane Landers 80 Martinique/Mississippi: Edouard Glissant and Relational Insularity / J. Michael Dash 94 Crossing the Mason-Dixon Line in Drag: The Narrative of Loreta Janet Velazquez, Cuban Women and Confederate Soldier / Jesse Aleman 110 Citizenship and Identity in the Exile: Autobiographies of Gustavo Perez Firmat / Steven Hunsaker 130 Travel and Transference: V.S. Naipaul and the Plantation Past / Leigh Anne Duke 150 2. RETHINKING RACE AND REGION Things Fall Apart: The Postcolonial Condition of Real Rock and The Leopard's Spots / Scott Romine 175 This Race Which Is Not One: The "More Inextricable Compositeness" of William Faulkner's South / John T. Matthews 201 Richard Wright: From the South to Africa---and Beyond / Richard King 227 Forward into the Past: California and the Contemporary White Southern Imagination / Robert H. Brinkmeyer Jr. and Debra Rae Cohen 251 American Films/American Fantasies: Moviegoing and Regional Identity in Literature of the Americas / Lois Parkinson Zamora 268 3. WILLIAM FAULKNER AND LATIN AMERICA Wonder and the Wounds of "Southern" Histories / Stephanie Merrim 311 Southern Economies of Excess: Narrative Expenditure in William Faulkner and Carlos Fuentes / Wendy B. Faris 333 Cant Matter/Must Matter: Setting up the Loom in Faulknerian and Postcolonial Fiction / Philip Weinstein 355 "Wherein the South Differs from the North": Tracing the Noncosmopolitan Aesthetic in William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom! and Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude / Dane Johnson 383 William Faulkner and the Cold War: The Politics of Cultural Marketing / Helen Oakley 405 William Faulkner, James Agee, and Brazil: The American South in Latin American Literature's "Other" Tradition / Earl Fitz 419 4. FROM PLANTATION TO HACIENDA: GREATER MEXICO AND THE U.S. SOUTH Embodying Greater Mexico: Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton and the Reconstruction of the Mexican Question / John-Michael Rivera 451 Remembering the Hacienda: History and Memory in Jovita Gonzalez and Eve Raleigh's Caballero: A Historical Novel / Vincent Perez 471 POSDATA Beyond Translation: Jorge Luis Borges Revamps William Faulkner / Ilan Stavans 495 Contributors 505 Index 511

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  • ISBN13: 9780822333166
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 536
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  • ISBN10: 0822333163

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