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Deep/South, Up/West

Deep/South, Up/West So P hie White How should a scholar who studies colonial histor y (and specifically a French colony) respond when Thinking about asked to ponder the term deep for a special issue of a journal titled south? From my dual perspectiv e the geography as an early Americanist and a histori an of French of the Deep America, deep twinned with south is laden with per- sistent assumptions that conti nue to color histories, South forces us narrativ es, and memories. Because the weight of the to acknowledge Deep South looms over the question, to take up the challenge means simultaneously reflecti ng on the that thinking limitations of the word for French, indigenous, and about place colonial histor y and subscribing to alternativ e inter- pretations of deep. It may also mean questioning ,or should also at the very least historicizing the , word south itself. require thinking If deep and south joined together to refer to the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, about time. to evoke, specifically , “slave countr y” as Adam Rothman dubs it, then what about that whic h—and those who—came before, where do the y fit in? The Deep South makes few http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Southern Literary Journal University of North Carolina Press

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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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1534-1461

Abstract

So P hie White How should a scholar who studies colonial histor y (and specifically a French colony) respond when Thinking about asked to ponder the term deep for a special issue of a journal titled south? From my dual perspectiv e the geography as an early Americanist and a histori an of French of the Deep America, deep twinned with south is laden with per- sistent assumptions that conti nue to color histories, South forces us narrativ es, and memories. Because the weight of the to acknowledge Deep South looms over the question, to take up the challenge means simultaneously reflecti ng on the that thinking limitations of the word for French, indigenous, and about place colonial histor y and subscribing to alternativ e inter- pretations of deep. It may also mean questioning ,or should also at the very least historicizing the , word south itself. require thinking If deep and south joined together to refer to the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, about time. to evoke, specifically , “slave countr y” as Adam Rothman dubs it, then what about that whic h—and those who—came before, where do the y fit in? The Deep South makes few

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The Southern Literary JournalUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jul 3, 2016

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