Call for Papers
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 South?
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 and identity?
* 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 university press.
Please send abstracts, completed papers, and inquiries by June 1, 2002 to: