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    1. Preface: Violence, the Body and "The South"–Houston A. Baker and Dana D. Nelson

    2. "Eye-Witness to the Cruelty": Southern Violence and Northern Testimony in Frederick Douglass's 1845 Narrative–Jeannine DeLombard

    3. The "Mysteries and Miseries" of North Carolina: New York City, Urban Gothic Fiction, and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl–Jennifer Rae Greeson

    4. Charles Chesnutt and the Epistemology of Racial Violence–Bryan Wagner

    5. The Body against Itself in Faulkner's Phenomenology of Race–Laura (Laura Anne) Doyle

    6. Sidney Poitier's Civil Rights: Rewriting the Mystique of White Womanhood in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and In the Heat of the Night–Andrea Levine

    7. Refugees of the South: Central Americans in the U.S. Latino Imaginary–Ana Patricia Rodriguez

    Book Reviews

    8. Strangers and Pilgrims: Female Preaching in America, 1740-1845 by Catherine A. Brekus–Fritz Fleischmann

    9. Sharing Secrets: Nineteenth-Century Women's Relations in the Short Story.

    Christine Palumbo-DeSimone–Mimi Reisel Gladstein

    10. The Portable Theater: American Literature and the Nineteenth-Century Stage by Alan L. (Alan Louis) Ackerman–Jeffrey H. Richards

    11. Emily Dickinson: Monarch of Perception by Domhnall Mitchell–Joan Burbick

    12. Midnight Dreary: The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe by John Evangelist Walsh–Edwin J. Barton

    13. Mark Twain, A Literary Life by Everett H. Emerson; Mark Twain–Paul Baender

    14. Neutral Ground: New Traditionalism and the American Romance Controversy by Gary Richard Thompson–Susan Belasco

    15. Willa Cather's Sexual Aesthetics and the Male Homosexual Literary Tradition by John P. Anders–Melissa Solomon

    16. Notations of the Wild: Ecology in the Poetry of Wallace Stevens by Gyorgyi Voros–J. Scott Bryson

    17. Patterns for America: Modernism and the Concept of Culture by Susan Hegeman–Jared Gardner

    18. The Poetics of Disappointment: Wordsworth to Ashbery by Laura Quinney–James Applewhite

    19. Jack Kerouac's Duluoz Legend: The Mythic Form of an Autobiographical Fiction by James T. Jones–John Whalen-Bridge

    20. Creating the Modern Man: American Magazines and Consumer Culture, 1900-1950 by Tom Pendergast–Andrew Hoborek

    21. Barry Hannah: Postmodern Romantic by Ruth D. Weston–John Lowe

    22. West of the Border: The Multicultural Literature of the Western American Frontiers by Noreen Groover Lape–Blake Allmendinger

    23. Cold Warriors: Manliness on Trial in the Rhetoric of the West by Suzanne Clark–John Hellman

    24. Frames of Southern Mind: Reflections on the Stoic, Bi-Racial and Existential South by Jan Nordby Gretlund–Matthew Guinn

    25. Inventing Southern Literature by Michael Kreyling–Veronica A. Makowsky

    26. The Irish Voice in America: 250 Years of Irish-American Fiction by Charles Fanning–Enda Duffy

    27. Undomesticated Ground: Recasting Nature as Feminist Space by Stacy Alaimo–Barbara Ryan

    28. Detective Agency: Women Rewriting the Hard-Boiled Tradition by Priscilla L. Walton and Manina Jones–Jan Cohn

    29. Autobiographical Inscriptions: Form, Personhood, and the American Woman Writer of Color by Barbara (Barbara Ruth) Rodriguez–Lynn Z. Bloom

    30. Autobiography and Black Identity Politics: Racialization in Twentieth-Century America by Kenneth Mostern–Christopher A. McAuley

    31. Queering the Color Line: Race and the Invention of Homosexuality in American Culture by Siobhan B. Somerville–Robert Reid-Pharr <

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    Violence, the Body, and “The South” is a boldly innovative contribution to a new Southern Studies, which provides a model of collaborative, intergenerational, interracial, interdisciplinary scholarship. This special issue of American Literature challenges the traditional division of the United States between “North” and “South,” revealing that the complexities of violence and pleasure, representation and illusion, innocence and guilt, gender and race exist in infinitely inflected combination in the Americas, not simply in the “South.”

    This collection represents first-rate examples of gender, critical race, genre, and material culture studies. Topics ranging from epistemological and authorial rebellions marking Frederick Douglass’s Narrative and Charles Chesnutt’s The Marrow of Tradition to the twentieth-century labors of writers, such as Francisco Goldman and Helena María Viramontes, who work to make visible the complexities of “North” and “South” with respect to subordinated Latino/a bodies. William Faulkner is revisited in an essay on the internalization of “race” in Light in August. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and In the Heat of the Night are analyzed in a framework of homopolitical desire. Genre and regional studies combine in an energetic essay resituating Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl with respect to “Northern” fiction.

    Contributors. Houston A. Baker Jr., Jeannine DeLombard, Laura Doyle, Jennifer Rae Greeson, Andrea Levine, Dana D. Nelson, Ana Patricia Rodríguez, Bryan Wagner

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