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Long and Wide and Deep

Long and Wide and Deep r uth Salva ggio As a scholar who has spent most of my career out side southern studies, I approach this comment ary with Dig deep here no small dose of humilit y, and probably with more ignorance of the established specialty fie ld than and you will most of us are comfortable admitting N . onetheless, find layers ten years ago my critical work took an unexpected and deep turn south, in a moment of postdisaster upon layers panic. I found myself pulled back to my nativ e cit y of of human New Orleans, a cit y that has always occupied an odd position on the map of the U.S. South. Here, I also suffering and found myself drawn into a histor y and poetry that environmental seemed more foreign than southern or American, an experience that has subsequently taken me, con- degradation but ceptually at least, across the equatorial zones of the also a prime Atlantic world. As a result of all these confl uences, my sense of the depth that we often associate with landscape for thi ngs south has been influenced less by directional sifting through north-south, up-down, high-lo w coordinates, and much more 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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Abstract

r uth Salva ggio As a scholar who has spent most of my career out side southern studies, I approach this comment ary with Dig deep here no small dose of humilit y, and probably with more ignorance of the established specialty fie ld than and you will most of us are comfortable admitting N . onetheless, find layers ten years ago my critical work took an unexpected and deep turn south, in a moment of postdisaster upon layers panic. I found myself pulled back to my nativ e cit y of of human New Orleans, a cit y that has always occupied an odd position on the map of the U.S. South. Here, I also suffering and found myself drawn into a histor y and poetry that environmental seemed more foreign than southern or American, an experience that has subsequently taken me, con- degradation but ceptually at least, across the equatorial zones of the also a prime Atlantic world. As a result of all these confl uences, my sense of the depth that we often associate with landscape for thi ngs south has been influenced less by directional sifting through north-south, up-down, high-lo w coordinates, and much more

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The Southern Literary JournalUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jul 3, 2016

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