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Water Skis and Dirty Back Roads: Reorienting the Deep South

Water Skis and Dirty Back Roads: Reorienting the Deep South Michael P. Bi B ler Water s kis an D Dirt y b ack r oa D s Reorienting the Deep South The “Deep” of the Deep South is not so much a place as an orientation. You know it relationally , either I want a mode peering into murky depths there, or swimming in it here with your face to the sunlight above. I grew of reading that up in South Carolina, of midwestern parents, and I doesn’t have always wondered where the Deep South was. Usually I knew and felt it intimately—it’ s South Carolina to dig its way after all—but then again my place also never felt as across the Deep as, say, Alabama. Impossibly, the Deep South was here and there at the same ti me, but the y were Deep South not contig uous. Deep depended on whic h way I unearthing turned to look. Deep doesn’t have to be water; it can also be closets, woods or jungle. This is what I thi nk people some- but instead times mean when the y use Deep South to imply a kind of brutal white tribalism. At its worst, that foregrounds Deep South is an http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Southern Literary Journal University of North Carolina Press

Water Skis and Dirty Back Roads: Reorienting the Deep South

The Southern Literary Journal , Volume 48 (1) – Jul 3, 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

Michael P. Bi B ler Water s kis an D Dirt y b ack r oa D s Reorienting the Deep South The “Deep” of the Deep South is not so much a place as an orientation. You know it relationally , either I want a mode peering into murky depths there, or swimming in it here with your face to the sunlight above. I grew of reading that up in South Carolina, of midwestern parents, and I doesn’t have always wondered where the Deep South was. Usually I knew and felt it intimately—it’ s South Carolina to dig its way after all—but then again my place also never felt as across the Deep as, say, Alabama. Impossibly, the Deep South was here and there at the same ti me, but the y were Deep South not contig uous. Deep depended on whic h way I unearthing turned to look. Deep doesn’t have to be water; it can also be closets, woods or jungle. This is what I thi nk people some- but instead times mean when the y use Deep South to imply a kind of brutal white tribalism. At its worst, that foregrounds Deep South is an

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The Southern Literary JournalUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jul 3, 2016

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