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Reconstructing Southern Rhetoric

Christina L. Moss and Brandon Inabinet


Through ruined monuments and museums, storied traditions of food and music, Southern oratory and racism, architecture and brotherhood, the Southern United States is a powerful resource for reckoning with historical trauma on a global scale. Moss and Inabinet present a reconstruction of the South from this viewpoint, asking how a more diverse set of texts and voices, a more inclusive notion of geography, and a more critical analysis of power moves this reckoning forward. Toward this end, the book advances in three sections: a disruption of nostalgia, a decentering of old martyrs to carve out ne ... More

Keywords: South, reconstruction, critical regionalism, counterpublic, nostalgia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781496836144
Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2022 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496836144.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christina L. Moss, editor
University of Memphis

Brandon Inabinet, editor
Furman University

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Christina L. Moss and Brandon Inabinet

Part I Reconstructing the South, Banishing Nostalgia

Chapter 1 Our Stories in Steel

Patricia G. Davis

Part II Reconstructing the South in Relational Identity: Decentering the White Victim

Chapter 5 Southern Entanglements

Ryan Neville-Shepard

Chapter 6 Take ’Em Down

Jeremy R. Grossman

Chapter 8 Songs of the South

Cassidy D. Ellis and Michael L. Forst

Part III Reconstructing the South in New Locales

Chapter 11 The Southern Skillet

Ashli Quesinberry Stokes and Wendy Atkins-Sayre

Chapter 13 What Lies Beneath

Megan Fitzmaurice