The field of American Studies, once grounded in New England exceptionalism, has melded into a New World Studies boasting multiple points of origin but deriving its models increasingly from the mestizaje of the Caribbean plantation. As a result, the U.S. South, long relegated to the margins of U.S. literary nationalism, has begun to occupy something approaching the center of New World Studies. More broadly, as simultaneously victor and defeated, colonizer and colonized, global north and global south, the region occupies both halves of several longstanding identitarian binarisms of postcolonial theory. What problems or solutions does the U.S. South pose for ongoing negotiations among postcolonial theory, African diasporic scholarship, inter-American studies, and postnational U.S. literary and cultural studies? How do these fields contextualize, redirect, open or foreclose the traditional creole-nativist narrative of U.S. Southern Studies?
Location: Hotel Presidente Intercontinental, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Deadline for Submissions: August 15, 2002
Space on the program is limited and will be allotted by committee.
Selected papers will appear in Mississippi Quarterly, and a university press has expressed interest in publishing an expanded version of that special issue.
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