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Just Below South

Intercultural Performance in the Caribbean and the U.S. South
Jessica Adams, Michael P. Bibler, and Cécile Accilien, eds.

BUY Cloth · 288 pp. · 6 × 9 · ISBN 9780813925998 · $65.00 · Apr 2007
BUY Paper · 288 pp. · 6 × 9 · ISBN 9780813926001 · $25.00 · Apr 2007

Just Below South is the first book to examine the U.S. South and the Caribbean as a "regional interculture" shaped by performance--as a space defined not so much by a shared set of geographical boundaries or by a single, common culture as by the weave of performances and identities moving across and throughout it. By offering fresh ways for thinking about region, language, and performance, the volume helps to reimagine the possibilities for American Studies. It advances beyond current analyses of historical or literary commonalities between the South and the Caribbean to explore startling and significant connections between a range of performances, including Trinidadian carnival, Civil War reenactments, the Martinican dance form kalenda, dramatic adaptations of Uncle Tom's Cabin, rituals of spirit possession, the teaching of Haitian Kreyòl, the translation of Louisiana Creole, and the imaginative "travels" of southern and Caribbean writers.

While generating textual conversations among scholars of Francophone, Anglophone, and Hispanophone literature and culture and forging innovative ties between cultural studies, performance studies, linguistics, literary analysis, and studies of the African diaspora, these essays raise provocative new questions about race, ethnicity, gender, class, and nationality.

ContributorsJessica Adams, University of California, Berkeley * Carolyn Vellenga Berman, The New School * Anne Malena, University of Alberta * Cécile Accilien, Columbus State University, Georgia * Don E. Walicek, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras * Julian Gerstin, San Jose State University * Rawle Gibbons, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine * Kathleen M. Gough, University of Glasgow * Shirley Toland-Dix, University of South Florida, Tampa * Michael P. Bibler, University of Mary Washington * Jana Evans Braziel, University of Cincinnati


Just Below South demonstrates that globalization has a long history in the Caribbean basin and that virtually no local culture is an island, geography notwithstanding....I find this volume very exciting and expect that it will have profound repercussions for inter-American and Caribbean scholarship.

George HandleyBrigham Young University, author of Postslavery Literatures in the Americas: Family Portraits in Black and White

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