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Creaturely, Throwaway Life after Katrina: Salvage the Bones and Beasts of the Southern Wild

Creaturely, Throwaway Life after Katrina: Salvage the Bones and Beasts of the Southern Wild ChriStoPher llo yd cre aturely, thr o waway life af ter katrina Salvage the Bones and Beasts of the Southern Wild Rereading Patricia Yaeger Dir ’s t and Desire on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, I am struck (again) by her contention that in southern cu The lture, “the foundation or basis for this world is made biopoliticization out of repudiated, throwaway bodies that mire the of southern earth . . . the disposable bodies denied by white cul- ture” (15). The throwaway bodies of the South were life, particularly horrifyingly present in Katrina’s fl oodwaters as the after Katrina, failed levee systems of New Orleans, and the precar- ious infrastructure of the Gulf, buckled. As has been evinces widely documented, bodies (mainly black) were left a kind of for dead, simply abandoned in the storm’s wake. Seen as throwaway, the South’s largely black inhab- creatureliness itants were revealed, by Katrina and its aft ermath, that is to be as discardable as in the region’s past. Black southern life in the wake of the storm, as in mem- literalized in ory, was precarious and vulnerable. the connections This article will explore a number of ways that we can http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Southern Literary Journal University of North Carolina Press

Creaturely, Throwaway Life after Katrina: Salvage the Bones and Beasts of the Southern Wild

The Southern Literary Journal , Volume 48 (2) – Nov 17, 2016

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University of North Carolina Press
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Copyright © 2008 the Southern Literary Journal and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of English.
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Abstract

ChriStoPher llo yd cre aturely, thr o waway life af ter katrina Salvage the Bones and Beasts of the Southern Wild Rereading Patricia Yaeger Dir ’s t and Desire on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, I am struck (again) by her contention that in southern cu The lture, “the foundation or basis for this world is made biopoliticization out of repudiated, throwaway bodies that mire the of southern earth . . . the disposable bodies denied by white cul- ture” (15). The throwaway bodies of the South were life, particularly horrifyingly present in Katrina’s fl oodwaters as the after Katrina, failed levee systems of New Orleans, and the precar- ious infrastructure of the Gulf, buckled. As has been evinces widely documented, bodies (mainly black) were left a kind of for dead, simply abandoned in the storm’s wake. Seen as throwaway, the South’s largely black inhab- creatureliness itants were revealed, by Katrina and its aft ermath, that is to be as discardable as in the region’s past. Black southern life in the wake of the storm, as in mem- literalized in ory, was precarious and vulnerable. the connections This article will explore a number of ways that we can

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The Southern Literary JournalUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Nov 17, 2016

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