FW: Native American South (6/1/02; collection)
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From: Annette Trefzer [mailto:atrefzer@...]
Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2001 7:11 PM
Subject: CFP: Native American South (6/1/02; collection)
Essay Collection: The Native American South
Contributions are invited for a book tentatively titled The Native
American South: New Disciplinary and Imaginary Intersections. This
collection of essays seeks to probe new cultural coalitions between
Southern Studies and Native American studies and centers on the
following questions: What is the role of Native Americans in the
Southern literary imagination, and conversely, the "South" in the Native
American imagination? What are the politics of inclusion/exclusion of
American Indian authors from the literary histories and canons of the
Specific research topics might include the following questions:
* how are the intersections between Native America and the South
constructed / resisted in literary history? How have literary histories
both of the South and of Native America been predicated on racialized
and localized aesthetic foundations?
* How do the methodologies of Native American Studies and Southern
studies perpetuate the "segregation" and racialization of knowledge?
* how do American Indian authors de/construct the "South"?
* how do American Indian authors use or transform traditionally
"Southern" themes and paradigms such as concerns with race and
community, memory and the past, the preservation/exploitation of land, a
sense of place, the politics of exile, the frontier, etc.
* (How) do Native Americans serve as a metaphorical resource for
Southern regional identity? How does/did the South serve as an
"ancestral homeland" for many displaced Native American nations?
* What are the symbolic and psychic intersections between Southern
"nativism" and Native America?
* What is at stake in each group's construction of geopolitical space
* How do Southern and Native American authors envision or resist
regional, national, and/or global identities?
* Subjects to consider also include comparisons between "Southern"
and Native American writers.
The focus of the collection, as I am currently envisioning it, will be
on the disciplinary and literary intersections between Native America
and the South. Ideally scholars of both Native and Southern studies
would contribute their expertise to thinking about this provocative
critical nexus. With its goal to catalyze new cross-cultural scholarly
energies, this collection has already attracted the interest of a
Please send abstracts, completed papers, and inquiries by June 1, 2002
Department of English
University of Mississippi
University, MS 38677
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