In reinventing the South as a space of circulating identifications, the poets of countermemory take us beyond both traditional Southernism and post-Southernism, but not beyond the South.
Mullen converts the intense formal self-consciousness of the Fugitives into a view of Southernism as an ultimately portable phenomenon, recording the intersections of regional and national cultures against the backdrop of an ostensibly "borderless" consumer capitalism.
Another critic might see Jarrell's fascination with popular culture, and California as its key locus, as a catalyst for the decisive break with the Fugitives and their Southernism
that enabled him to produce his most engaging, important and, yes, postmodern poetry.
When the black elite had an occasion to rejoice over a victory against Southernism
, it hid its jubilance with a long [false] face.
The conflict within Faulkner's work between art and southernism
, aesthetics and representation, theory and practice was ignored.
I am convinced, however, that it had little to do with the kind of affectional Southernism
that Stark Young plied in New York City or with the ideological Southernism
that Warren's friend Donald Davidson promoted in his last years in Nashville.
Mainstream success was his goal, and the friendship with Williams, the maverick publisher, would be mostly backchannel, where the two traded news, poetry, and self-conscious Southernisms
Filled with fluid dialogue through which you can hear the characters' origins (everyone in Dodge City came from someplace else--the broken English of Chinese laundryman Jau Dong-Sing, the lilt of Irish vaudeville entertainer Eddie Foy, the delicate Southernisms
of Holliday), Doc reads like a movie you can't wait to watch.
Karl's static, opaque face and nearly monotone, metered statements cause our attention to shift to the quality of his voice, deep and sober; to his candid and deliberate tone, and to his drawl verging on an unconscious growl; to the Southernisms
of his diction, his slow tempo and see-saw rhythm.