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The Nature of the South

The Nature of the South by Scott Romine River of Dreams: Imagining the Mississippi before Mark Twain. By Thomas Ruys Smith. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2007. xxiv + 232 pp. $38.00 cloth. Disturbing Indians: The Archaeology of Southern Fiction. By Annette Trefzer. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 2007. xvii + 223 pp. $ 38.50 cloth, $30.80 e-book. Shadow and Shelter: The Swamp in Southern Culture. By Anthony Wilson. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2006. xxv + 208 pp. $31.50 cloth, $ 17.50 paper. My tenth-grade Language Arts teacher insisted that all litera- ture could be (and, in her class, would be) t fi into one of three thematic categories: man’s [sic] relationship to nature, man’s relationship to man, and man’s relation to himself. (As I recall, the last was usually the saf- est bet, since some internal psychodrama could usually be wrenched out of the text at hand.) The works under review here may appear at first glance to fit fairly neatly under category one. But as even a cursory sec - ond glance shows, categories two and three inevitably make their ap- pearance, and they do so in markedly different ways. If nature — or, in Trefzer’s case, the figure of the Indian http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Southern Literary Journal University of North Carolina Press

The Nature of the South

The Southern Literary Journal , Volume 42 (1) – Jan 27, 2010

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University of North Carolina Press
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Copyright © 2009 the Southern Literary Journal and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of English.
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Abstract

by Scott Romine River of Dreams: Imagining the Mississippi before Mark Twain. By Thomas Ruys Smith. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2007. xxiv + 232 pp. $38.00 cloth. Disturbing Indians: The Archaeology of Southern Fiction. By Annette Trefzer. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 2007. xvii + 223 pp. $ 38.50 cloth, $30.80 e-book. Shadow and Shelter: The Swamp in Southern Culture. By Anthony Wilson. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2006. xxv + 208 pp. $31.50 cloth, $ 17.50 paper. My tenth-grade Language Arts teacher insisted that all litera- ture could be (and, in her class, would be) t fi into one of three thematic categories: man’s [sic] relationship to nature, man’s relationship to man, and man’s relation to himself. (As I recall, the last was usually the saf- est bet, since some internal psychodrama could usually be wrenched out of the text at hand.) The works under review here may appear at first glance to fit fairly neatly under category one. But as even a cursory sec - ond glance shows, categories two and three inevitably make their ap- pearance, and they do so in markedly different ways. If nature — or, in Trefzer’s case, the figure of the Indian

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