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Southscapes
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By interpreting segregation as the central experience for twenty-first century southern literature (just as slavery was for an earlier generation of writers) and by theorizing the interconnected aspects of racial and spatial constructions in the formation of the nation, Davis shows us a way to understand black space--social, spatial, and artistic arenas of creativity--not just in terms of exclusion and of pushing back/reacting against, but as sites of memory and imagination far beyond wounds and danger. Looking inside the boundaries of segregation, Davis charts the trajectory from modernism to postmodernism in the works of Richard Wright, Alice Walker, Ernest Gaines, Natasha Trethewey, Olympia Vernon, Brenda Marie Osbey, Sybil Kein, and Shay Youngblood. This analysis, working at the intersection of race, gender, place, and region, will likely become a standard work in new southern studies.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents/Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. INTRODUCTION: A Map of the Territory
  2. pp. 1-21
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  1. CHAPTER 1. Southscapes: Race, Region, & Reclamation
  2. pp. 23-76
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  1. CHAPTER 2. Poverty & Porches: Controversial Mississippi
  2. pp. 77-133
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  1. CHAPTER 3. Power & Profession: Richard Wright’s Mississippi & Its Expatriate Legacies
  2. pp. 135-184
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  1. CHAPTER 4. Politics & Paysans: Multicultural Louisiana & the Space of the Créolité
  2. pp. 185-255
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  1. CHAPTER 5. Parishes & Prisons: Ernest Gaines’s Louisiana & Its North Carolina Kin Space
  2. pp. 257-334
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  1. CHAPTER 6. Alice Walker Matters: The Fruits of Gendered Space
  2. pp. 335-374
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 375-376
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 377-410
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 411-433
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 435-458
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