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Where the New World Is assesses how fiction published since 1980 has resituated the U.S. South globally and how earlier twentieth-century writing already had done so in ways traditional southern literary studies tended to ignore. Martyn Bone argues that this body of fiction has, over the course of some eighty years, challenged received readings and understandings of the U.S. South as a fixed place largely untouched by immigration (or even internal migration) and economic globalization.

The writers discussed by Bone emphasize how migration and labor have reconfigured the region’s relation to the nation and a range of transnational scales: hemispheric (Jamaica, the Bahamas, Haiti), transatlantic/Black Atlantic (Denmark, England, Mauritania), and transpacific/global southern (Australia, China, Vietnam). Writers under consideration include Zora Neale Hurston, Nella Larsen, John Oliver Killens, Russell Banks, Erna Brodber, Cynthia Shearer, Ha Jin, Monique Truong, Lan Cao, Toni Morrison, Peter Matthiessen, Dave Eggers, and Laila Lalami.

The book also seeks to resituate southern studies by drawing on theories of “scale” that originated in human geography. In this way, Bone also offers a new paradigm in which the U.S. South is thoroughly engaged with a range of other scales from the local to the global, making both literature about the region and southern studies itself truly transnational in scope.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  2. pp. vii-viii
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  2. pp. ix-xxiv
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  1. INTRODUCTION The Transnational Turn in the South
  2. pp. 1-27
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  1. CHAPTER ONE The Extended South of Black Folk: Intraregional and Transnational Migrant Labor in the Writing of Zora Neale Hurston
  2. pp. 28-52
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  1. CHAPTER TWO Transnational/Intertextual Migrations and U.S. Southern, Danish, and English “Folk” Identities in Nella Larsen’s Fiction
  2. pp. 53-77
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  1. CHAPTER THREE Downsouth, Upsouth, Global South: Migration and the “New World” in John Oliver Killens’s Writing
  2. pp. 78-105
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  1. CHAPTER FOUR The North–South Axis of Race, Class, and Migration in Russell Banks’s Fiction
  2. pp. 106-134
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  1. CHAPTER FIVE Workings of the Spirit, Spirit of the Workers: Migration, Labor, and the Extended Caribbean in Erna Brodber’s Louisiana
  2. pp. 135-154
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  1. CHAPTER SIX Neoslavery, Immigrant Labor, and Casino Capitalism in Cynthia Shearer’s The Celestial Jukebox
  2. pp. 155-175
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  1. CHAPTER SEVEN Southern Transpacific: Narratives of Asian Immigration, 1965–2015
  2. pp. 176-195
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  1. EPILOGUE Transnational American Studies with “the South”: Morrison, Matthiessen, Eggers, and Lalami
  2. pp. 196-214
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  1. NOTES
  2. pp. 215-248
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  2. pp. 249-268
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 269-281
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