The Routledge Companion to Literature of the U.S. South  book cover
1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Literature of the U.S. South

ISBN 9780367444655
Published July 11, 2022 by Routledge
458 Pages

FREE Standard Shipping
SAVE $75.00
was $250.00
USD $175.00

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

The Routledge Companion to Literature of the U.S. South provides a collection of vibrant and multidisciplinary essays by scholars from a wide range of backgrounds working in the field of U.S. southern literary studies. With topics ranging from American studies, African American studies, transatlantic or global studies, multiethnic studies, immigration studies, and gender studies, this volume presents a multi-faceted conversation around a wide variety of subjects in U.S. southern literary studies. The Companion will offer a comprehensive overview of the southern literary studies field, including a chronological history from the U.S. colonial era to the present day and theoretical touchstones, while also introducing new methods of reconceiving region and the U.S. South as inherently interdisciplinary and multi-dimensional. The volume will therefore be an invaluable tool for instructors, scholars, students, and members of the general public who are interested in exploring the field further but will also suggest new methods of engaging with regional studies, American studies, American literary studies, and cultural studies.

Table of Contents


Katharine A. Burnett, Todd Hagstette, and Monica Carol Miller


Part I: Foundations

Introduction: Foundations

Todd Hagstette

1. Academic Origins of Southern Studies (Spotlight: I’ll Take My Stand)

Ted Atkinson

2. Antebellum Literature (Spotlight: William Gilmore Simms)

Katharine A. Burnett

3. Appalachian Literature (Spotlight: Ron Rash)

Zackary Vernon

4. The Civil War (Spotlight: Augusta Jane Evans)

Karen Tracey

5. Class and Economics (Spotlight: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1941))

David A. Davis

6. Colonial Writing (Spotlight: John Smith)

Dan Waldon

7. Community (Spotlight: Monique Truong)

Elizabeth Gardner

8. Drama (Spotlight: Tennessee Williams)

William Mark Poteet

9. Film (Spotlight: Deliverance)

Robert Jackson

10. Foodways (Spotlight: Rick Bragg)

Erica Abrams Locklear

11. Gender (Spotlight: Sherley Anne Williams)

Michael Bibler

12. The Global South (Spotlight: Yaa Gyasi)

Amy K. King

13. The Harlem Renaissance (Spotlight: Jean Toomer)

Ricardo A. Wilson II

14. Home (Spotlight: Alice Walker)

Nagueyalti Warren

15. Humor (Spotlight: Mark Twain)

John Bird

16. Jim Crow and the Civil Rights Era (Spotlight: To Kill a Mockingbird)

Julie Buckner Armstrong

17. Local Color and Regionalism (Spotlight: Charles Chesnutt)

Bill Hardwig

18. Modernism (Spotlight: William Faulkner)

Thomas F. Haddox

19. Music (Spotlight: The Country-Soul Triangle [Memphis-Muscle Shoals-Nashville])

Ellie Campbell

20. Native Souths (Spotlight: LeAnne Howe)

Kirstin L. Squint

21. Poetry and Verse (Spotlight: Natasha Trethewey)

Christie Collins

22. Postbellum Literature (Spotlight: Thomas Nelson Page)

Christopher Bundrick

23. Reconstruction and the New South (Spotlight: Frances Ellen Watkins Harper)

Sherita Johnson

24. Religion (Spotlight: Flannery O’Connor)

Matt Bryant Cheney

25. Science and Technology (Spotlight: Walker Percy)

Doug Davis

26. Sexuality (Spotlight: Kate Chopin)

Jaime Cantrell

27. Slave Narratives (Spotlight: Frederick Douglass)

Sandra Burr

28. Southern Gothic (Spotlight: Toni Morrison)

Melanie Anderson

29. Southern Periodical Culture (Spotlight: The Double Dealer [1921-1926])

Sian Round

30. Wilderness South (Spotlight: James Kilgo)

Anthony Dyer Hoefer


Part II: Touchstones

Introduction: Touchstones

Katharine A. Burnett

31. Anti-Tom Literature (Spotlight: Caroline Lee Hentz)

Peter Templeton

32. Asian American South (Spotlight: Ha Jin)

Suzanne Kamata

33. Autobiography (Spotlight: Maya Angelou)

Matthew Sutton

34. Blues (Spotlight: Langston Hughes)

Elizabeth LeRud

35. Children’s Literature (Spotlight: Mildred Taylor)

Laura Hakala

36. Classical Music (Spotlight: James Weldon Johnson)

Tamyln Avery

37. Cold War Literature (Spotlight: Ralph Ellison)

Atsushi Marutani

38. Cosmopolitanism (Spotlight: Edgar Allan Poe)

Kristopher Mecholsky

39. Creolization (Spotlight: George Washington Cable)

Amanda M. Capelli

40. Detective and Mystery Fiction (Spotlight: Margaret Maron)

John Jebb

41. Early Contact Souths (Spotlight: La Florida)

E. Thomson Shields, Jr.

42. Ecocriticism and the Environment (Spotlight: Wendell Berry)

Sarah-Marie Horning

43. Feminism (Spotlight: Lee Smith)

Monica Carol Miller

44. Grit Lit (Spotlight: Larry Brown)

Peter Jay Ingrao

45. Hispanophone Literatures (Spotlight: Nineteenth-Century Hispanophone Periodical Poetry)

Ayendy Bonifacio

46. Ireland and the U.S. South (Spotlight: Lafcadio Hearn)

Jessica L. Martell

47. The Lost Cause Myth (Spotlight: Gone with the Wind)

Sean Heuston

48. Masculinity (Spotlight: Robert Penn Warren)

Wes Berry

49. Migration (Spotlight: Gayl Jones)

Joanna Davis-McElligatt

50. New Southern Studies (Spotlight: Kiese Laymon)

Kathryn McKee

51. Nostalgia (Spotlight: Peter Taylor)

W. Matthew J. Simmons

52. Old Southwestern Humor (Spotlight: Johnson Jones Hooper)

John Miller

53. Plantation Fiction (Spotlight: John Pendleton Kennedy)

Christopher Bundrick

54. Postbellum Slave Narratives (Spotlight: Booker T. Washington)

Adam Yeich

55. Pre-Invasion Indigenous Texts (Spotlight: Cherokee Oral Stories)

Eric Gary Anderson

56. The Proslavery Argument (Spotlight: James Henry Hammond)

Todd Hagstette

57. Southern Diarists (Spotlight: Mary Chesnut)

Julia Nitz

58. Television (Spotlight: Ava DuVernay, Queen Sugar)

Stephanie Rountree

59. The Transatlantic South (Spotlight: Katherine Anne Porter)

Joseph Kuhn

60. Virginia before Jefferson (Spotlight: William Byrd II)

Amanda Louise Johnson

61. Women’s Slave Narratives (Spotlight: Harriet Ann Jacobs)

Delphine Louis-Dimitrov

Part III: Trajectories

Introduction: Trajectories

Monica Carol Miller

62. Activism (Spotlight: Toni Cade Bambara)

Elizabeth Rodriguez Fielder

63. Affect (Spotlight: Eudora Welty)

Jill Fennell

64. Afrofuturism (Spotlight: W.E.B. Du Bois)

Samanda Robinson

65. Border Souths (Spotlight: Cormac McCarthy)

Sally Ann Schutz

66. The Carceral South (Spotlight: Ernest Gaines)

Elizabeth Steeby

67. Comics in the U.S. South (Spotlight: Nate Powell)Matthew Teutsch

68. Disability Studies (Spotlight: Carson McCullers)

Bruce Henderson

69. Environmental Refugees (Spotlight: Moira Crone)

Zackary Vernon

70. The Freak South (Spotlight: Erskine Caldwell)

Erik Kline

71. The Gulf South (Spotlight: Jesmyn Ward)

Jim Coby

72. Hip Hop and the South (Spotlight: Atlanta Hip Hop)

Urszula Niewiadomska-Flis

73. Lesbian South (Spotlight: Dorothy Allison)

Jamie Harker

74. Mill Town Literature (Spotlight: Wiley Cash)

Jimmy Dean Smith

75. Multiethnic Souths (Spotlight: Lan Cao’s Monkey Bridge)

Amy Schmidt

76. Neo-Slave Narratives (Spotlight: Colson Whitehead)

Allison Harris

77. New Media (Spotlight: Blake Hausman)

Gina Caison

78. The Ozarks (Spotlight: Donald Harington)

Joe Farmer

79. Plantationocene (Spotlight Randall Kenan)

Sandra Burr

80. Queer Souths (Spotlight: Randall Kenan)

Eric Solomon

81. Southern Cityscapes (Spotlight: George Saunders)

William Murray

82. Southern Hyperboles (Spotlight: Lillian Smith)

Michał Choiński

83. Southern Pirates (Spotlight: Joseph Holt Ingraham)

Kathleen Crosby

84. The Speculative South (Spotlight: Octavia Butler)

Ellie Campbell

85. Trans and Non-Binary Souths (Spotlight: Meredith Russo)

Phillip "Pip" Gordon

86. Trauma (Spotlight: William Styron)

Jean W. Cash

87. Undead Souths (Spotlight: Dead Birds)Eric Gary Anderson

88. Understanding Southern Studies and Cultural Studies

Jennie Lightweis-Goff

View More



Katharine A. Burnett is Associate Professor of English at Fisk University, USA.

Todd Hagstette is Associate Professor of English at the University of South Carolina Aiken, USA.

Monica Carol Miller is Assistant Professor of English at Middle Georgia State University, USA.


"One echo above all came to mind when I read the introduction and contents of the new Routledge Companion to Southern Literature: "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Jefferson has been placed in both categories over the long haul of southern studies. The editors and contributors to this new volume should be looked at as significant "refreshers." How far we have come from Jay Hubbell's The South in American Literature."

-Michael Kreyling, author of Inventing Southern Literature (1998) and The South That Wasn't There (2010)