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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 Pérez 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 García Márquez 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 Alemán, 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 Pérez, John-Michael Rivera, Scott Romine, Jon Smith, Ilan Stavans, Philip Weinstein, Lois Parkinson Zamora

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction: Uncanny Hybridities
  2. Jon Smith and Deborah Cohn
  3. pp. 1-20
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  1. Part 1. The U.S. South and the Caribbean
  2. pp. 21-24
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  1. A New World Poetics of Oblivion
  2. George B. Handley
  3. pp. 25-51
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  1. Delta Desterrados: Antebellum New Orleans and New World Print Culture
  2. Kirsten Silva Gruesz
  3. pp. 52-79
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  1. Slave Resistance on the Southeastern Frontier: Fugitives, Maroons, and Banditti in the Age of Revolution
  2. Jane Landers
  3. pp. 80-93
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  1. Martinique/Mississippi: Edouard Glissant and Relational Insularity
  2. J. Michael Dash
  3. pp. 94-109
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  1. Crossing the Mason-Dixon Line in Drag: The Narrative of Loreta Janeta Velazquez, Cuban Woman and Confederate Soldier
  2. Jesse Alemán
  3. pp. 110-129
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  1. Citizenship and Identity in the Exile Autobiographies of Gustavo Pérez Firmat
  2. Steven Hunsaker
  3. pp. 130-149
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  1. Travel and Transference: V. S. Naipaul and the Plantation Past
  2. Leigh Anne Duck
  3. pp. 150-170
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  1. Part 2. Rethinking Race and Region
  2. pp. 171-174
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  1. Things Falling Apart: The Postcolonial Condition of Red Rock and The Leopard's Spots
  2. Scott Romine
  3. pp. 175-200
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  1. This Race Which Is Not One: The "More Inextricable Compositeness'' of William Faulkner's South
  2. John T. Matthews
  3. pp. 201-226
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  1. Richard Wright: From the South to Africa - and Beyond
  2. Richard King
  3. pp. 227-250
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  1. Forward into the Past: California and the Contemporary White Southern Imagination
  2. Robert H. Brinkmeyer Jr. and Debra Rae Cohen
  3. pp. 251-267
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  1. American Films/American Fantasies: Moviegoing and Regional Identity in Literature of the Americas
  2. Lois Parkinson Zamora
  3. pp. 268-302
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  1. Part 3. William Faulkner and Latin America
  2. pp. 303-310
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  1. Wonder and the Wounds of "Southern'' Histories
  2. Stephanie Merrim
  3. pp. 311-332
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  1. Southern Economies of Excess: Narrative Expenditure in William Faulkner and Carlos Fuentes
  2. Wendy B. Faris
  3. pp. 333-354
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  1. Cant Matter/Must Matter: Setting Up the Loom in Faulknerian and Postcolonial Fiction
  2. Philip Weinstein
  3. pp. 355-382
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  1. William Faulkner and the Cold War: The Politics of Cultural Marketing
  2. Helen Oakley
  3. pp. 405-418
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  1. William Faulkner, James Agee, and Brazil: The American South in Latin American Literature's "Other'' Tradition
  2. Earl Fitz
  3. pp. 419-446
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  1. Part 4. From Plantation to Hacienda: Greater Mexico and the U.S. South
  2. pp. 447-450
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  1. Embodying Greater Mexico: María Amparo Ruiz de Burton and the Reconstruction of the Mexican Question
  2. John-Michael Rivera
  3. pp. 451-470
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  1. Remembering the Hacienda: History and Memory in Jovita González and Eve Raleigh’s Caballero: A Historical Novel
  2. Vincent Pérez
  3. pp. 471-494
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  1. Postdata: Beyond Translation: Jorge Luis Borges Revamps William Faulkner
  2. Ilan Stavans
  3. pp. 495-504
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 505-510
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 511-522
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780822385776
Related ISBN
9780822333043
MARC Record
OCLC
1148068423
Pages
536
Launched on MUSE
2020-05-19
Language
English
Open Access
No

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