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date: 23 September 2020

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The relationship between the New Southern Studies and its predecessor is often contentious, and that friction is generational. This chapter proposes that a significant element of the contentiousness, generational differences aside, is that the subject of the discourse—that is, the South—can no longer be defined by its former, and stable, linkage to history and place. The South may now be invoked as “the South,” and may be represented by authors who possess no firsthand lived experience of it. Examples to be interrogated are Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier’s film Manderlay and the Australian-born novelist Geraldine Brooks’s reimagining of Alcott’s Little Women in March.

Keywords: postcolonial, melancholy, mockery, South, New Southern Studies, Lars von Trier, Manderlay, Geraldine Brooks, March

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