Owning the Plantation South in the Fiction of the Early Republic
In Our South: Geographic Fantasy and the Rise of National Literature, Jennifer Greeson proposes that the “South” may be the key imaginative figure for working through questions of geography and power in the literature of the United States between the founding of the nation and the beginning of the twentieth century. Greeson’s illustrated lecture, presented at Emory University, outlines how the emerging US geographical imagination becomes yoked to an idea of the South in the decades before and after the Revolutionary War.
Jennifer Rae Greeson received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University and is an assistant professor in English and American Studies at the University of Virginia. She is the author of Our South (2010, Harvard University Press). She is also co-editor of the Norton Critical Edition of Charles Chesnutt's Conjure Tales (2011).
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