Reconstructing The Native South: American Indian Literature and the Lost Cause by Melanie TaylorReconstructing The Native South: American Indian Literature and the Lost Cause by Melanie Taylor

Reconstructing The Native South: American Indian Literature and the Lost Cause

byMelanie Taylor

Paperback | January 15, 2012

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In Reconstructing the Native South, Melanie Benson Taylor examines the diverse body of Native American literature in the contemporary U.S. South-literature written by the descendants of tribes who evaded Removal and have maintained ties with their southeastern homelands. In so doing Taylor advances a provocative, even counterintuitive claim: that the U.S. South and its Native American survivors have far more in common than mere geographical proximity. Both cultures have long been haunted by separate histories of loss and nostalgia, Taylor contends, and the moments when those experiences converge in explicit and startling ways have yet to be investigated by scholars. These convergences often bear the scars of protracted colonial antagonism, appropriation, and segregation, and they share preoccupations with land, sovereignty, tradition, dispossession, subjugation, purity, and violence.

Taylor poses difficult questions in this work. In the aftermath of Removal and colonial devastation, what remains-for Native and non-Native southerners-to be recovered? Is it acceptable to identify an Indian "lost cause"? Is a deep sense of hybridity and intercultural affiliation the only coherent way forward, both for the New South and for its oldest inhabitants? And in these newly entangled, postcolonial environments, has global capitalism emerged as the new enemy for the twenty-first century? Reconstructing the Native South is a compellingly original work that contributes to conversations in Native American, southern, and transnational American studies.

Melanie Benson Taylor is an assistant professor of English and Native American studies at Dartmouth College. She is the author of Disturbing Calculations: The Economics of Identity in Postcolonial Southern Literature, 1912-2002 and Reconstructing the Native South: American Indian Literature and the Lost Cause (both Georgia).
Title:Reconstructing The Native South: American Indian Literature and the Lost CauseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9 × 6.02 × 0.62 inPublished:January 15, 2012Publisher:University Of Georgia PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0820340669

ISBN - 13:9780820340661


Table of Contents


Introduction. Reconstructing the South: Region, Tribe, and Sovereignty in the Age of Global Capitalism
Chapter 1. Reconstructing Loss: Native Americans, Nostalgia, and Tribalography in Southern Literature
Chapter 2. Red, Black, and Southern: Alliances and Erasures in the Biracial South
Chapter 3. Reckoning the Future: Capitalism, Culture, and the Production of Community
Chapter 4. Excavating the World: Unearthing the Past and Finding the Future on Southern Soil
Conclusion. The South in the Indian and the Indian in the South


Editorial Reviews

With Reconstructing theNative South, [Taylor] gives us a first book-length map of Native southern literary souths, monsters and all. - Eric Gary Anderson - Studies in American Literatures