Southern Quarterly

This journal publishes studies of Southern culture and features on arts in the South. It has reviews of books, films, and performances.

Articles from Vol. 47, No. 4, Summer

"But the Mermaid Did Not Rise Up": The Death of a Simbi in the Carolina Lowcountry
The Carolina Lowcountry is a landscape of death. The terrain still bears the scars of enslavement and its violence in the remains of the extensive complex systems of banks and canals that created the flooded fields for rice cultivation. The social order,...
Dialoging with the Urban Dead in Haiti
More than fifty years ago, Maya Deren observed that for the adherents of Vodou, "the metaphysical world of les Invisibles is not a vague, mystical notion; it is as a world within a cosmic mirror, peopled by the immortal reflection of all those who had...
Down by the Riverside: A South Carolina Slave Community
Down by the Riverside: A South Carolina Slave Community. 25th Anniversary Edition. By Charles Joyner. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2009. 345 pp. Paper: $25.00, ISBN 978-0252076831.)By the late 1970s, a near tidal wave of works on slavery in...
Editor's Introduction
Summer is the season of abundance, even in our hyper-globalized world. Farmer's markets bloom with fresh local produce. Vegetable gardens burst at their seams with everything from tomatoes and corn to okra and watermelon, and tabasco peppers. Local pick-your-own...
"He Will Remember Me": Anglo-American Spiritualists, Slavery, and the Ghosts of Miscegenation
We err greatly, I think, inputting or imagining such a thick veil between us and our dead. We make it thick with our blindness and insensibility to spiritual things. '- Mary Webster McLain (1870)Spiritualists, of all men, should keep still on that subject...
"I Awluz Liked Dead People, En Done All I Could for 'Em": Reconsidering Huckleberry Finn's African and American Identity
To be white in America is to be very black. If you don 't know how black y ou are, you don 't know how American you are. - Robert Farris Thompson1I am persuaded that the future historian of America will find your works as indispensable to him as a French...
Madame Vieux Carré: The French Quarter in the Twentieth Century
Madame Vieux Carré: The French Quarter in the Twentieth Century. By Scott S. Ellis. (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2010. 316pp. Cloth: $28.00, ISBN 978-1-60473-358-7.)In Madame Vieux Carré: The French Quarter in the Twentieth Century, a valuable...
Marching Bones and Invisible Indians: African American Spiritualism in New Orleans, Past and Present
On the corner of St. Claude and Governor Nicholls, New Orleans, Mardi Gras Sunday Morning, 2006"Oh yeah . . . we're still havin' Church!" Bishop Oliver Coleman tells me, a trace of defiance crossing his otherwise bemused features. I'm standing with the...
The Social Memory of Arará in Cuba: Oral Histories from Perico and Agramonte
Introduction: Hilda, Oddu Aremu and Social MemoryHilda Zulueta, who passed away in 2008, was a great-granddaughter of former enslaved peoples, an important keeper of religious knowledge in her community of Perico, particularly the Arará religion, and...
The Spacious World of Eugene D. Genovese and Elizabeth Fox-Genovese
The Spacious World of Eugene D. Genovese and Elizabeth Fox-Genovese Elizabeth Fox-Genovese Allan Kulikoff Slavery in White and Black: Class and Race in the Southern Slaveholders ' New World Order. By Elizabeth Fox-Genovese and Eugene D. Genovese. (Cambridge:...
The Uses of Dead Africans: A Field Report from the 4th Dimension
And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen. - John, 21:25 (KJV)How to dialog with dead Africans?...
"Will You Join Me in El Monte?": A Kongo African Spirit in Modern Cuba (Regla, June 2000)
IntroductionsHaving just spent a month in Jamaica at the start ofthat summer of 2000, with the adventures of a cross-island excursion via Accompong Town under my belt and relying on the kindness of strangers throughout, especially my Maroon friends,...