The Mississippi Quarterly

The Mississippi Quarterly, subtitled The Journal of Southern Cultures, is a scholarly journal covering literature, the humanities and social sciences as they pertain to the Southern United States and its authors. Founded in 1948, Mississippi State University publishes The Mississippi Quarterly quarterly. Noel Polk is the Editor and Laura West is the Managing Editor.

Articles from Vol. 57, No. 1, Winter

A Homeward Journey: Edwidge Danticat's Fictional Landscapes, Mindscapes, Genescapes, and Signscapes in Breath, Eyes, Memory
A NUMBER or SUMMERS AGO, WHILE ACTING as the summer replacement pastor of Sen Elen, the Catholic parish in Carice, Haiti, a town hidden in the mountains about an hour's drive from Ouanaminthe in the country's northeast sector, I read the series...
Concluding Roundtable: Postcolonial Theory, the U.S. South, and New World Studies: Joint ALA/SSSL Symposium, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, December 12-15, 2002
PETER SCHMIDT: (1) I have a suggestion: that we circulate an e-mail loop so we can continue our conversations. I'll just say one other thing. I'm staring at this phrase here on the stationery at the Intercontinental Hotel, which says it's an "all-inclusive...
Folk Culture in Women's Narratives: Literary Strategies for Diversity in Nationalist Climates
IN AN ARTICLE ENTITLED "Women Against the Grain: The Pitfalls of Theorizing Caribbean Women's Writing," Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert writes: If the Caribbean is indeed, as many have argued, the site of the first multinational, multi-cultural experiment,...
Glissant, Yoknapatawpha
Qu'iraient faire des Antillais dans la demeure de ce planteur du Sud? (1) THIS ESSAY PROPOSES TO READ FAULKNER'S Light in August through the lens of Caribbean theorist Edouard Glissant. (2) I will demonstrate the need to take Light in August...
Imperial Discourses in Caroline Gordon's Green Centuries
HOW CAN A POSTCOLONIAL PERSPECTIVE be productive for the study of Southern literature? What texts become visible under such a lens, and how do these texts participate in the (de)construction of the boundaries of a geopolitical locale such as the...
Just Where and What Is "The (Comparatively Speaking) South"? Caribbean Writers on Melville and Faulkner
GEORGE LAMMING ONCE REMARKED THAT he and his Caribbean counterparts preferred aligning themselves with the American rather than the British literary tradition because "in that kind of cathedral ... there is a possibility--indeed, more than a possibility,...
Organizing the New South: Local Ecologies and Autonomous Strategies for Confronting Globalization
"GLOBALIZATION" EMERGED AS THE CATCHALL PHRASE in the 1990s for describing a new constellation of international political forces, changing economic and trade relations, the emergence of a Western cultural hegemony, and the search for new understandings...
Rebirths of a U.S. Nation: Race and Gendering of the Nation State
FEMINISM IS NOTABLY ABSENT AS A SUBJECT OF "problems or solutions" that the U.S. South poses for "ongoing negotiations among postcolonial theory, African diasporic scholarship, inter-American studies, and postnational U.S. literary and cultural studies"...
Reconstruction Revisited: Plantation School Writers, Postcolonial Theory, and Confederates in Brazil
MOST PEOPLE RIGHTLY ASSOCIATE postcolonial theory with the literatures produced by formerly subject people in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. A few years ago, however, Walter Benn Michaels startled many of his peers in American Studies by suggesting...
Southern Postcoloniality and the Improbability of Filipino-American Postcoloniality: Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom! and Hagedorn's Dogeaters
IN THIS GESTURAL PAPER, I OUTLINE some of the complexities of Filipino Americans' stake in claiming U.S. postcolonial identity. Oscar Campomanes has called Filipino-American postcoloniality a "well-nigh improbable project." (1) Mobilizing a twinned...
The Political Economy of Southern Race: Go Down, Moses, Spatial Inequality, and the Color Line
I BEGIN MY PRESENTATION WITH TWO REFERENCES to George W. Bush, perhaps as a sort of pre-emptive strike stemming from the last time I left the United States. Whenever I told friends, relatives, and acquaintances in the Middle East and England last summer...
The Translation of Louisiana into the South
IN 1988 ALFRED HUNT WROTE IN Haiti's Influence on Antebellum America: Slumbering Volcano in the Caribbean: "To view the South as an. aberrant version of traditional American society (as is the opinion in the Northeast) is to misunderstand its history...
The Vertigo of Circum-Caribbean Empire: William Bartram's Florida
IN 1775, THE BRITISH COLONIAL TRAVELER Bernard Romans included a rhapsodic description of the Florida coastline in his Concise Natural History of East and West Florida: When we survey the harbours, Charlotte, Tampe, St. Joseph, Pensacola, all...
Voodoo Hermeneutics/the Crossroads Sublime: Soul Musics, Mindful Body, and Creole Consciousness
The presence and vitality of this marvelous real was not the unique privilege of Haiti but the heritage of all of America, where we have not yet begun to establish an inventory of our cosmogonies. --Alejo Carpentier (1) In these countries, the...