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Author Bone, Martyn, 1974- author.

Title Where the new world is : literature about the U.S. South at global scales / Martyn Bone.

Publication Info. Athens : The University of Georgia Press, [2018]

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Description 1 online resource.
Series The new Southern studies
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "Where the New World Is assesses how fiction published since 1980 has resituated the U.S. South globally and how earlier twentieth-century writing already had done so in ways traditional southern literary studies tended to ignore. Martyn Bone argues that this body of fiction has, over the course of some eighty years, challenged received readings and understandings of the U.S. South as a fixed place largely untouched by immigration (or even internal migration) and economic globalization. The writers discussed by Bone emphasize how migration and labor have reconfigured the region's relation to the nation and a range of transnational scales: hemispheric (Jamaica, the Bahamas, Haiti), transatlantic/Black Atlantic (Denmark, England, Mauritania), and transpacific/global southern (Australia, China, Vietnam). Writers under consideration include Zora Neale Hurston, Nella Larsen, John Oliver Killens, Russell Banks, Erna Brodber, Cynthia Shearer, Ha Jin, Monique Truong, Lan Cao, Toni Morrison, Peter Matthiessen, Dave Eggers, and Laila Lalami. The book also seeks to resituate southern studies by drawing on theories of "scale" that originated in human geography. In this way, Bone also offers a new paradigm in which the U.S. South is thoroughly engaged with a range of other scales from the local to the global, making both literature about the region and southern studies itself truly transnational in scope"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Preface -- Introduction. the transnational turn in the South -- The extended South of black folk: intraregional and transnational migrant -- Labor in the writing of Zora Neale Hurston -- Transnational/intertextual migrations and U.S. Southern, Danish, and English "folk" identities in Nella Larsen's fiction -- Downsouth, upsouth, global South: migration and the "new world" in John Oliver Killens's writing -- The North-South axis of race, class, and migration in Russell Banks's fiction -- Workings of the spirit, spirit of the workers: migration, labor, and the extended Caribbean in Erna Brodber's Louisiana -- Neoslavery, immigrant labor, and casino capitalism in Cynthia Shearer's The celestial jukebox -- Southern transpacific: narratives of Asian immigration, 1965-2015 -- Epilogue. transnational American studies with "the South": Morrison, Matthiessen, Eggers, and lalami.
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Subject Globalization in literature.
American fiction -- Southern States -- History and criticism.
American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
American fiction -- 21st century -- History and criticism.
Emigration and immigration in literature.
Cultural pluralism in literature.
Southern States -- In literature.
Chronological Term 1900-2099
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Added Title Literature about the U.S. South at global scales
ISBN 9780820351858 (electronic bk.)
0820351857 (electronic bk.)