- The Oxford Handbook of the Literature of the U.S. South
- Literary and Textual Histories of the Native South
- Before Hypodescent: Whitening Equations in South America and the American South
- The Dying Confession of Joseph Hare: Transatlantic Highwaymen and Southern Outlaws in the Antebellum South
- Jackson’s Villes, Squares, and Frontiers of Democracy
- Locality and the Serial South
- The Long Shadow of Torture in the American South
- Masculine Sentiment, Racial Fetishism, and Same-Sex Desire in Antebellum Southern Literature
- Southern Affects: Field and Feeling in a Skeptical Age
- Not-So-Still Waters: Travelers to Florida and the Tropical Sublime
- Indian Knives and Color Lines: Mark Twain from Hannibal to the Jim Crow Raj
- Narrative and Counternarrative in <i>The Leopard’s Spots</i> and <i>The Marrow of Tradition</i>
- The Bright Side: African American Women and the Affective Archive of Southern Racial Uplift
- “Proffered for Your Perusal in Ring by Concentric Ring”: The South and the World in William Faulkner’s Fiction
- Richard Weaver, Lillian Smith, the South, and the World
- Arts of Abjection in James Agee, Walker Evans, and Luis Buñuel
- Tennessee Williams and the Burden of Southern Sexuality Studies
- Reimagining the South of Richard Wright: The Anti-Protest Writing of Albert Murray, Raymond Andrews, and Ernest Gaines
- Letter-Writing, Authorship, and Southern Women Modernists
- Nature and Spirituality in Contemporary Appalachian Poetry
- Southern Religion’s Sexual Charge and the National Imagination
- Their Confederate Kinfolk: African Americans’ Interracial Family Histories
- Mourning, Mockery, and the Post-South in Lars von Trier’s <i>Manderlay</i> and Geraldine Brooks’s <i>March</i>
- Made Things: Structuring Modernity in Southern Poetry
- Four Contemporary Latina/o Writers Ghost the U.S. South
- You Don’t Have to Be Born There: Immigration and Contemporary Fiction of the U.S. South
- Asian Americans, Racial Latency, Southern Traces
- The Woundedness of Southern Literature, Looking Away
Abstract and Keywords
Balancing a traditional focus on ruralness in southern poetry, this chapter analyzes other figurations of the nonhuman surround: built environments, which recur in the region’s life and literature, and make us reconsider the South in connection with larger structures (physical, economic, ideological) underpinning the “modern” nation. Prominent nodes challenge stereotypes of the region as out of sync temporally, spatially, and structurally with the “progressive” nation: the city, the factory, and the suburbs. These spaces reflect the ideation of the United States as a nexus of urban-industrial production and flexible distribution. An array of poets recreate such built environments along a cross-section of subregional spaces of upper, middle, and deep Souths, including Natasha Trethewey (Atlanta), Brenda Marie Osbey (New Orleans), Ron Rash (South Carolina milltown), Allison Hedge Coke (North Carolina factory), Charles Wright (Charlottesville backyard), and Dan Albergotti (South Carolina suburb).
Daniel Cross Turner is Associate Professor of English at Coastal Carolina University. He is the author of Southern Crossings: Poetry, Memory, and the Transcultural South (Tennessee 2012) and co-editor of Undead Souths: The Gothic and Beyond (LSU 2015).
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