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New Southern Studies and the Race-Sex-Gender Spiral

New Southern Studies and the Race-Sex-Gender Spiral New Southern Studies and the Race-Sex-Gender Spiral by Martyn Bone Reconstructing Dixie: Race, Gender and Nostalgia in the Imagined South. By Tara McPherson. Durham and London: Duke UP, 2003. xii + 318 pages. $84.95 cloth, $23.95 paper. Lovers and Beloveds: Sexual Otherness in Southern Fiction, 1936 ­ 1961. By Gary Richards. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2005. x + 243 pages. $44.95 cloth. In her recent overview of the state of southern literary studies for the broad readership of PMLA, Barbara Ladd argues that "Race is one of the two most salient problematics in southern literary studies; the other is gender." However, in a letter responding to Ladd's article, Jon Smith suggests that "it does not do the field any favors in 2005 to say its `most salient problematics' are race and gender." Smith does not mean that race and gender are no longer important. Rather, he expresses concern that Ladd's assessment of the field "ignores completely much of the truly revisionary `new southern studies' work of the past seven years," work that "is pushing the boundaries of American and inter-American studies, postcolonial theory, queer studies, cultural studies, and media, visual culture, and globalization." Smith identifies both Tara http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Southern Literary Journal University of North Carolina Press

New Southern Studies and the Race-Sex-Gender Spiral

The Southern Literary Journal , Volume 39 (1) – Feb 8, 2006

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Copyright © 2006 by the Southern Literary Journal and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of English.
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New Southern Studies and the Race-Sex-Gender Spiral by Martyn Bone Reconstructing Dixie: Race, Gender and Nostalgia in the Imagined South. By Tara McPherson. Durham and London: Duke UP, 2003. xii + 318 pages. $84.95 cloth, $23.95 paper. Lovers and Beloveds: Sexual Otherness in Southern Fiction, 1936 ­ 1961. By Gary Richards. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2005. x + 243 pages. $44.95 cloth. In her recent overview of the state of southern literary studies for the broad readership of PMLA, Barbara Ladd argues that "Race is one of the two most salient problematics in southern literary studies; the other is gender." However, in a letter responding to Ladd's article, Jon Smith suggests that "it does not do the field any favors in 2005 to say its `most salient problematics' are race and gender." Smith does not mean that race and gender are no longer important. Rather, he expresses concern that Ladd's assessment of the field "ignores completely much of the truly revisionary `new southern studies' work of the past seven years," work that "is pushing the boundaries of American and inter-American studies, postcolonial theory, queer studies, cultural studies, and media, visual culture, and globalization." Smith identifies both Tara

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Published: Feb 8, 2006

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