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The Global Remapping of American Literature$
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Paul Giles

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691136134

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691136134.001.0001

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Hemispheric Parallax: South America and the American South

Hemispheric Parallax: South America and the American South

(p.183) Chapter 5 Hemispheric Parallax: South America and the American South
The Global Remapping of American Literature

Paul Giles

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines how the contours of American literature have changed over time by focusing on the shifting geospatial dynamics associated with the American South. In particular, it juxtaposes South America with the American South in order to highlight the historically variable nature of their interrelationship and the complicated ways in which these domains have intersected over time. The chapter first considers how the American South was imagined in the writings of William Bartram, William Gilmore Simms, and José Martí before discussing the notions of southern “regionalism” and pseudo-geography in the works of Zora Neale Hurston and Elizabeth Bishop. It also analyzes the fiction of William Faulkner and Frederick Barthelme.

Keywords:   regionalism, American literature, American South, South America, William Gilmore Simms, José Martí, pseudo-geography, Zora Neale Hurston, Elizabeth Bishop, William Faulkner

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