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  • 1. Preface: Global Contexts, Local Literatures: The New Southern Studies–Kathryn McKee and Annette Trefzer

    2. The U.S. South in Global Contexts: A Collection of Position Statements–Barbara Ellen Smith, Tara McPherson, Jamie L.Winders, Alfred J. López, Deborah Cohn, Jon Smith, Leigh Anne Duck, Natalie J. Ring, Susan V. Donaldson, George B. Handley, John T. Matthews, Riché Richardson, Suzanne W. Jones, Jay Watson, Eric Gary Anderson, and Peter Schmidt

    3. ‘‘To Walk with the Storm’’: Oya as the Transformative ‘‘I’’ of Zora Neale Hurston’s Afro-Atlantic Callings–Keith Cartwright

    4. Circum-Atlantic Superabundance: Milk as World-Making in Alice Randall and Kara Walker–Patricia Yaeger

    5. We Are Not the People: The 1805 Haitian Constitution’s Challenge to Political Legibility in the Age of Revolution–Anne W. Gulick

    6. Confederate Cuba–Caroline Levander

    Review Essays

    7. Global South, Local South: The New Postnationalism in U.S. Southern Studies–Hosam Aboul-Ela

    8. ‘‘Unstoppable’’ Creolization: The Evolution of the South into a Transnational Cultural Space–Alfred Hornung

    Book Reviews

    9. New World, Known World: Shaping Knowledge in Early Anglo-American Writing by David Read–Philip Gould

    10. Popular Measures: Poetry and Church Order in Seventeenth-Century Massachusetts by Amy M. E. Morris–Philip Gould

    11. Learning to Read and Write in Colonial America by E. Jennifer Monaghan–

    Philip Gould

    12. Susan Glaspell: Her Life and Times by Linda Ben-Zvi–Lisa MacFarlane

    13. Flint on a Bright Stone: A Revolution of Precision and Restraint in American, Russian, and German Modernism by Kirsten Blythe Painter–Edwin J. Barton

    14. Modernism: A Cultural History by Tim Armstrong–Edwin J. Barton

    15. Unknowing: The Work of Modernist Fiction by Philip M. Weinstein–

    Edwin J. Barton

    16. Mesquita Vision’s Immanence: Faulkner, Film, and the Popular Imagination by Peter Lurie–Paula Elyseu

    17. Mesquita Faulkner and the Discourses of Culture by Charles Hannon–

    Paula Elyseu

    18. Call It English: The Languages of Jewish American Literature by Hana Wirth-Nesher–Jules Chametzky

    19. Two Covenants: Representations of Southern Jewishness by Eliza R. L. McGraw–Jules Chametzky

    20. Strangers in the Land: Blacks, Jews, Post-Holocaust America by Eric J. Sundquist–Jules Chametzky

    21. Liberation Historiography: African American Writers and the Challenge of History, 1794–1861 by John Ernest–Stephen Knadler

    22. The Contemporary African American Novel: Its Folk Roots and Modern Literary Branches by Bernard W. Bell–Stephen Knadler

    23. Playing the Races: Ethnic Caricature and American Literary Realism by Henry B. Wonham–Habiba Ibrahim

    24. Enter the New Negroes: Images of Race in American Culture by Martha Jane Nadell–Habiba Ibrahim

    25. Hoodlums: Black Villains and Social Bandits in American Life by William L. Van Deburg–Habiba Ibrahim

    26. Postslavery Literatures in the Americas: Family Portraits in Black and White by George B. Handley–Zita Nunes

    27. The African Diaspora and Autobiographics: Skeins of Self and

    Skin by Chinosole–Zita Nunes

    28. The ‘‘Tragic Mulatta’’ Revisited: Race and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Antislavery Fiction by Eva Allegra Raimon–Jené Schoenfeld

    29. The Mulatta and the Politics of Race by Teresa C. Zackodnik–Jené Schoenfeld

    30. Informal Empire: Me

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    Recent debates about globalism have usefully transformed the positioning and the cultural geography of studies of the American South. Once marked by tensions between the national and the regional, southern studies is now increasingly characterized by tensions between the local and the global. This special issue of American Literature features interdisciplinary and comparative work that focuses on the U.S. South in global contexts and attempts to reconceptualize the South from various theoretical, literary, and cultural perspectives. The new southern studies promises to be less preoccupied with patriarchal whiteness and rural idyll and more concerned with understanding the U.S. South as a construction of border crossings of every sort.

    Featured essays examine the political, economic, and social effects of globalization on the geopolitical locale and literary productions of the region. Each seeks to redefine the geographic and epistemological boundaries of the U.S. South by linking it to other “Souths” globally. The issue opens with a collection of manifestos given at the recent conference “The U.S. South in Global Context.” These unique pieces offer variant perspectives on a common theme. Touching on history, community, migration, globalizing modernization, and even Wal-Mart, these sixteen briefs remind the reader that the American South is somewhere between the modern cosmopolitan and the historical rural spheres. One contributor examines how modernization has spread unevenly throughout the region and how it has affected recent immigrants to southern hybrid culture. Another engages in a comparative exercise between the U.S. South and Latin America, addressing questions of postcolonialism. Other contributors reflect on southern distinctiveness, southern literature, and southern colonial life. Included in the issue is a collection of original and review essays focused geographically on still lower latitudes: investigations of the Deep South and certain Caribbean cultures, and comparisons of the U.S. South to the underprivileged global South.

    Contributors. Hosam Aboul-Ela, Eric Gary Anderson, Keith Cartwright, Deborah Cohn, Susan V. Donaldson, Leigh Anne Duck, Anne W. Gulick, George B. Handley, Alfred Hornung, Suzanne W. Jones, Caroline Levander, Alfred J. López, John T. Matthews, Kathryn McKee, Tara McPherson, Riché Richardson, Natalie J. Ring, Peter Schmidt, Barbara Ellen Smith, Jon Smith, Annette Trefzer, Jay Watson, Jamie L. Winders, Patricia Yaeger

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