This volume of essays uniquely combines perspectives from historians and literary scholars to explore a wide spectrum of thought about a region long understood as distinctive, yet often taken to represent “American” culture and character. Contributors first engage with how southern thinkers of all sorts have struggled with belonging–who is an insider and who is an outsider. Second, they consider how thought in the South has over time created ideas about the South.
Published by The University of North Carolina Press in 2021. Paperback. Edited by Sarah E. Gardner & Stephen M. Stowe. Contributors are Michael T. Bernath, Stephen Berry, John Grammer, Michael Kreyling, Scott Romine, Beth Barton Schweiger, Mitchell Snay, Melanie Benson Taylor, Jonathan Daniel Wells, and Timothy J. Williams.