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Creating Citizenship in the Nineteenth-Century South$
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William A. Link, David Brown, Brian Ward, and Martyn Bone

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813044132

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813044132.001.0001

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Epilogue Place as Everywhere

Epilogue Place as Everywhere

On Globalizing the American South

(p.271) Epilogue Place as Everywhere
Creating Citizenship in the Nineteenth-Century South

Michael O’Brien

University Press of Florida

Two recent, interconnected, and intriguing developments have been the projects of globalizing southern history and that literary scholarship which has come to be called the “New Southern Studies.” Both are worth encouraging but also merit a scrutiny, and both are of help in making sense of the problem of citizenship. The former is of direct relevance to the nineteenth century; the latter has, for the most part, been preoccupied with the twentieth or, at least, the status of the South since the defeat of the Confederacy. At the heart of the former project are economic historians and occasionally sociologists, who have been making a case for the deep engagement of the southern economy and its attendant social relations in a wider global market. In fact, the entanglement of the South with international markets has been fairly continuous since the seventeenth century. For the “New Southern Studies,” the more complicated of the two projects-in part because it is more interdisciplinary and so has more balls to keep in the air, in part because Southern literary studies has long been marked by the anxiety of influences-the focus is generational conflicts, multicultural sensitivities, and the bemusing if exhilarating premises of postmodernism and postcolonialism.

Keywords:   New Southern Studies, citizenship, globalism

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