- 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
This chapter describes nineteenth-century tours of Florida’s Oklawaha River, voyages that helped initiate the state’s tourist industry. It considers early explorers and naturalists such as John and William Bartram, who are examined as forerunners and models for later writers. Nineteenth-century journalism by Thomas Bangs Thorpe, Sidney Lanier, Constance Fenimore Woolson, and Harriet Beecher Stowe helps us understand how the northern press became interested in pieces that “Africanized” the exotic regions of the South during and after Reconstruction, employing “penetrations” into the “primitive” as a pathway toward reconciliation. These accounts illustrate the utility of the “tropical sublime,” literary attempts to convey the usually inexpressible sensations of awe, beauty, and danger evoked by tropical jungles and waterways, which simultaneously attract and repel. By considering these inventive ways of picturing tropical nature, the chapter situates Florida as part of the circumCaribbean, thereby expanding our notion of the southernmost state.
John Lowe is Barbara Methvin Professor of English and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Georgia. A specialist in Southern, African American, Caribbean and multi-ethnic literature, he is the author or editor of seven books, including Louisiana Culture from the Colonial Era to Katrina (LSU Press).
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