Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xvii

When I began thinking about the issues that became Calypso Magnolia, I was reminded of resources in my own history. I grew up in Atlanta but my mother was from Miami, and we went to Florida almost every summer, usually to Miami, but also to Daytona, Tampa, Clearwater, and Eau Gallie, where my Aunt Mary...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-20

The past two turbulent decades have forced much rethinking about nation and national boundaries. The rise of multinational entities and the advent of transnational markets have sharpened our awareness that cultural configurations have always ignored real and imaginary sovereign borders. This...

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1. Crossing the Caribbean: Southerners Write the Mexican American War

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pp. 21-57

As was originally the case with the U.S. colonial coastal states, tropical realms “South of the South” were often described as a new paradise by writers and visitors from northern climes during the nineteenth century. Very often, the appeal of such locales came to be expressed in terms of desire...

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2. Liberating Fictions: The Caribbean Imaginary in the Novels of Lucy Holcombe Pickens and Martin Delany

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pp. 58-92

Cuba, for many years the richest of the Caribbean isles and the closest to the United States in both distance and cultural connections, has always exerted a magical spell for all the peoples of the Americas, be it one of attraction or repulsion. The Founding Fathers cast a covetous eye on the island. Jefferson wrote to James Monroe...

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3. Unleashing the Loas: The Literary Legacy of the Haitian Revolution in the U.S. South and the Caribbean

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pp. 93-144

The Haitian Revolution was a volcanic eruption that shattered the Americas and Europe and gave hope to enslaved peoples across the world. For whites, it was an omen and warning and was even seen as a sign of a coming apocalypse. In both the South and the Caribbean, it had an effect on literature, but much more so...

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4. Constance Fenimore Woolson and Lafcadio Hearn: Extending the Boundaries of the Transnational South

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pp. 145-197

After the U.S. Civil War, the pace of the industrial revolution quickened in the North, and although most of the money generated went into the pockets of monopolists and oligarchs, a rising middle class soon found itself with leisure time, disposable income, and a newly developed yen for travel, either through...

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5. A Proper Order of Attention: McKay and Hurston Honor the Hardy Peasant

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pp. 198-247

In the 1930s, Aimé Césaire and Leopold Senghor codified a new black aesthetic in response to colonial oppression, which we now call “negritude.” Their valorization of “peasant” culture, after centuries of its scornful dismissal, became the basis of decolonization and took many differing forms across the black...

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6. Palette of Fire: The Aesthetics of Propaganda in Black Boy and In the Castle of My Skin

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pp. 248-283

Richard Wright, whose fiery Native Son exploded across the American literary firmament in 1940, has always been noted as a master of propaganda, and his lifelong commitment to writing as a force for social change has rightly been studied in depth. This critical approach, however, has often hampered...

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7. Southern Ajiaco: Miami and the Generation of Cuban American Writing

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pp. 284-338

One of the least noted but largest lacuna in Southern literary studies has been the neglect of Latino/a writers of the region, whose literary legacy began with the establishment of Florida’s St. Augustine in 1565. This omission originally stemmed from the fact that many key works in this tradition remained...

Notes

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pp. 339-380

Sources Consulted

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pp. 381-408

Index

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pp. 409-443