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  • Acknowledgments xi

    Introduction: Uncanny Hybridities / Jon Smith and Deborah Cohn
    1

    1. THE U.S. SOUTH AND THE CARIBBEAN

    A New World Poetics of Oblivion / George B. Handley 25

    Delta Desterrados: Antebellum New Orleans and New World Print Culture / Kirsten Silva Gruesz 25

    Slave Resistance on the Southeastern Frontier: Fugitives, Maroons, and Banditti in the Age of Revolution / Jane Landers 80

    Martinique/Mississippi: Edouard Glissant and Relational Insularity / J. Michael Dash 94

    Crossing the Mason-Dixon Line in Drag: The Narrative of Loreta Janet Velazquez, Cuban Women and Confederate Soldier / Jesse Aleman 110

    Citizenship and Identity in the Exile: Autobiographies of Gustavo Perez Firmat / Steven Hunsaker 130

    Travel and Transference: V.S. Naipaul and the Plantation Past / Leigh Anne Duke 150

    2. RETHINKING RACE AND REGION

    Things Fall Apart: The Postcolonial Condition of Real Rock and The Leopard’s Spots / Scott Romine 175

    This Race Which Is Not One: The “More Inextricable Compositeness” of William Faulkner’s South / John T. Matthews 201

    Richard Wright: From the South to Africa---and Beyond / Richard King 227

    Forward into the Past: California and the Contemporary White Southern Imagination / Robert H. Brinkmeyer Jr. and Debra Rae Cohen 251

    American Films/American Fantasies: Moviegoing and Regional Identity in Literature of the Americas / Lois Parkinson Zamora 268

    3. WILLIAM FAULKNER AND LATIN AMERICA

    Wonder and the Wounds of “Southern” Histories / Stephanie Merrim 311

    Southern Economies of Excess: Narrative Expenditure in William Faulkner and Carlos Fuentes / Wendy B. Faris 333

    Cant Matter/Must Matter: Setting up the Loom in Faulknerian and Postcolonial Fiction / Philip Weinstein 355

    "Wherein the South Differs from the North”: Tracing the Noncosmopolitan Aesthetic in William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! and Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude / Dane Johnson 383

    William Faulkner and the Cold War: The Politics of Cultural Marketing / Helen Oakley 405

    William Faulkner, James Agee, and Brazil: The American South in Latin American Literature’s “Other” Tradition / Earl Fitz 419

    4. FROM PLANTATION TO HACIENDA: GREATER MEXICO AND THE U.S. SOUTH

    Embodying Greater Mexico: Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton and the Reconstruction of the Mexican Question / John-Michael Rivera 451

    Remembering the Hacienda: History and Memory in Jovita Gonzalez and Eve Raleigh’s Caballero: A Historical Novel / Vincent Perez 471

    POSDATA

    Beyond Translation: Jorge Luis Borges Revamps William Faulkner / Ilan Stavans 495

    Contributors 505

    Index 511
  • Jesse Alemán

    Bob Brinkmeyer

    Debra Rae Cohen

    Deborah Cohn

    J. Michael Dash

    Leigh Anne Duck

    Wendy B. Faris

    Earl Fitz

    Kirsten Silva Gruesz

    George B. Handley

    Steve Hunsaker

    Dane Johnson

    Richard King

    Jane Landers

    John T. Matthews

    Stephanie Merrim

    Helen Oakley

    Vincent Perez

    John-Michael Rivera

    Scott Romine

    Jon Smith

    Ilan Stavans

    Philip Weinstein

    Lois Parkinson Zamora

  • Look Away . . . is one of the most stimulating books in Southern studies in recent years. It opens up the (U.S.) South to areas of inquiry that are fruitful and highly promising—and, indeed, at a time when the states of the ‘Late Confederacy’ are assuming an increasingly Latin flavor, it looks not only ‘away’ but to also to the future.”

    “[A] thoughtful and important contribution to southern studies, New World studies, and inter-American studies. Most significantly, the volume offers readers an impressive critical intervention that promises to challenge the way that comparatists connect cultural identity and regional influence.”

    “[C]onsistently provocative. . . . Jon Smith and Deborah Cohn have assembled an impressive group of thinkers who, collectively, provide a detailed comparative literary history. . . .”

    “It is in the consideration of the meaning and place of race in society that Look Away! may be the most profound.”

    “Taken together, these essays tell us much about nationalism, racism, regionalism, and cultural identity in the Americas. . . . [I]t is a useful, stimulating, and thought-provoking collection that encourages new ways to perceive the often insular and parochial post-colonial south.”

    “There is much that is monumental both temporally and spatially about this volume. Apart from being 521 pages long, it clearly aims to be a multi-field or, better yet, transdisciplinary (re)defining endeavor.”

    “This is a rich collection of outstandingly innovative essays, wide-ranging and enlightening. . . . Look Away! is an indispensable aid to new understandings of a conflicted region.”

    "[T]he political readings are provocative, insightful, even brilliant. . . . [L]ikely to prove indispensable to literary critics."

    "The collection's strength [is] its broad and eclectic scope. . . . Look Away succeeds in fleshing out the possibilities for postcolonial analyses of the U.S. South. . . ."

    Reviews

  • Look Away . . . is one of the most stimulating books in Southern studies in recent years. It opens up the (U.S.) South to areas of inquiry that are fruitful and highly promising—and, indeed, at a time when the states of the ‘Late Confederacy’ are assuming an increasingly Latin flavor, it looks not only ‘away’ but to also to the future.”

    “[A] thoughtful and important contribution to southern studies, New World studies, and inter-American studies. Most significantly, the volume offers readers an impressive critical intervention that promises to challenge the way that comparatists connect cultural identity and regional influence.”

    “[C]onsistently provocative. . . . Jon Smith and Deborah Cohn have assembled an impressive group of thinkers who, collectively, provide a detailed comparative literary history. . . .”

    “It is in the consideration of the meaning and place of race in society that Look Away! may be the most profound.”

    “Taken together, these essays tell us much about nationalism, racism, regionalism, and cultural identity in the Americas. . . . [I]t is a useful, stimulating, and thought-provoking collection that encourages new ways to perceive the often insular and parochial post-colonial south.”

    “There is much that is monumental both temporally and spatially about this volume. Apart from being 521 pages long, it clearly aims to be a multi-field or, better yet, transdisciplinary (re)defining endeavor.”

    “This is a rich collection of outstandingly innovative essays, wide-ranging and enlightening. . . . Look Away! is an indispensable aid to new understandings of a conflicted region.”

    "[T]he political readings are provocative, insightful, even brilliant. . . . [L]ikely to prove indispensable to literary critics."

    "The collection's strength [is] its broad and eclectic scope. . . . Look Away succeeds in fleshing out the possibilities for postcolonial analyses of the U.S. South. . . ."

  • “Look Away! is an important collection that expands the vocabularies and national symbol systems that scholars can deploy to think comparatively about the Americas. It is especially useful in breaking the binary between North and South that has so restricted southern literary and historical studies.” — Patricia Yaeger, author of, Dirt and Desire: Reconstructing Southern Women’s Writing

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  • Description

    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

    About The Author(s)

    Jon Smith is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama.

    Deborah Cohn is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is the author of History and Memory in the Two Souths: Recent Southern and Spanish American Fiction.


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