November, 22, 2010 — Jennifer Rae Greeson, assistant professor of American literature, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, "Our South: Geographic Fantasy and the Rise of National Literature." Harvard University Press.
Since the birth of the nation, we have turned to stories about the American South to narrate the rapid ascendency of the United States on the world stage. The idea of a cohesive South, different from yet integral to the United States, arose with the very formation of the nation itself.
"Our South" tracks the nation/South juxtaposition in U.S. literature from the founding to the turn of the 20th century, through genres including travel writing, gothic and romance novels, geography textbooks, transcendentalist prose and abolitionist address.