The New Southern Studies

After decades of being both celebrated and dismissed as the exception within American exceptionalism, the South is emerging as central to debates in fields ranging from American Studies and African American Studies to cultural studies and postcolonial theory. Engaged with these debates from the outset, the new Southern Studies, as Houston A. Baker Jr. named the field, thus only secondarily reinvigorates the old. Rather, as its scholars look at the South afresh, their chief aim is a floor-to-ceiling rethinking of some of the central ideas of the last twenty years of critical theory: objecthood, identity, space, nation, region, abjection, the body, empire. The books in this interdisciplinary, methodologically rigorous, and iconoclastic series will, as a result, engage scholars and students in a wide variety of fields.

Jon Smith is an associate professor of English at Simon Fraser University. His chief scholarly interests involve the study of the U.S. South from global, cultural-studies, and postcolonial perspectives to interrogate both American exceptionalism in American Studies and careless divisions between global north and global south in postcolonial theory. Smith is the coeditor of Look Away! The U.S. South in New World Studies and several special journal issues on the South. His work has appeared in American Literature, American Literary History, and other scholarly publications. He is currently working on a study titled (tentatively} "Alabama and the Future of American Cultural Studies."

Riché Richardson, an associate professor of Africana studies at Cornell University, has ongoing interests in the role of the South in formations of identity in the African American context, transnational and diasporan perspectives in southern studies, and African American literature. The author of Black Masculinity and the U.S. South, she is currently working on a number of other book projects, including one on southern rap. Richardson has published essays in journals such as American Literature, the Mississippi Quarterly, and the Forum for Modern Language Studies.

Books in this series

American Cinema and the Southern Imaginary
Edited by Deborah Barker and Kathryn McKee

Apples and Ashes
Literature, Nationalism, and the Confederate States of America
Coleman Hutchison

Black Masculinity and the U.S. South
From Uncle Tom to Gangsta
Riché Richardson

Borges’s Poe
The Influence and Reinvention of Edgar Allan Poe in Spanish America
Emron Esplin

Disturbing Calculations
The Economics of Identity in Postcolonial Southern Literature, 1912–2002
Melanie Benson Taylor

Eudora Welty’s Fiction and Photography
The Body of the Other Woman
Harriet Pollack

Finding Purple America
The South and the Future of American Cultural Studies
Jon Smith

Grounded Globalism
How the U.S. South Embraces the World
James L. Peacock

Jim Crow, Literature, and the Legacy of Sutton E. Griggs
Edited by Tess Chakkalakal and Kenneth W. Warren

Keywords for Southern Studies
Edited by Scott Romine and Jennifer Rae Greeson

Latining America
Black-Brown Passages and the Coloring of Latino/a Studies
Claudia Milian

The Nation’s Region
Southern Modernism, Segregation, and U.S. Nationalism
Leigh Anne Duck

Navigating Souths
Transdisciplinary Explorations of a U.S. Region
Edited by Michele Grigsby Coffey and Jodi Skipper

Reading for the Body
The Recalcitrant Materiality of Southern Fiction, 1893–1985
Jay Watson

Reconstructing the Native South
American Indian Literature and the Lost Cause
Melanie Benson Taylor

Red States
Indigeneity, Settler Colonialism, and Southern Studies
Gina Caison

Sacral Grooves, Limbo Gateways
Travels in Deep Southern Time, Circum-Caribbean Space, Afro-creole Authority
Keith Cartwright

The Signifying Eye
Seeing Faulkner's Art
Candace Waid

Sounding the Color Line
Music and Race in the Southern Imagination
Erich Nunn

Southern Civil Religions
Imagining the Good Society in the Post-Reconstruction Era
Arthur Remillard

The Southern Hospitality Myth
Ethics, Politics, Race, and American Memory
Anthony Szczesiul

Where the New World Is
Literature about the U.S. South at Global Scales
Martyn Bone

Founding Editor

Jon Smith

Series Editor

Riché Richardson
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Download the series flyer

Series Advisory Board

Houston A. Baker Jr.
Vanderbilt University

Leigh Anne Duck
University of Mississippi

Jennifer Greeson
University of Virginia

Trudier Harris
University of Alabama

Tara McPherson
University of Southern California

John T. Matthews
Boston University