"Calypso Magnolia": The Caribbean Side of the South
Abstract

Calypso Magnolia urges the transnational study of a new region, one that configures the coastal United States with the Caribbean islands and the gulf coasts of Mexico, Central America, and South America. The essay maps the extensive connections between the U.S. South and the Caribbean, and examines the basin's treatment in nineteenth and twentieth century U.S. southern writers such as Martin Delany, Lucy Holcombe Pickens, William Faulkner, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Lee Smith, Judith Ortiz Cofer, and Virgil Suarez, relating them to theorists such as Bhabha, Braudel, Glissant, Dash, Benitez-Rojo, Roach and Gilroy.