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.
As the poets of countermemory demonstrate, the futures of Southern poetry and culture will not end, even as traditional Southernism seems to have reached its "bulked black end" (Jordan 59).
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.
As a distinctly urban southernist, I find the region to be an exquisite repository of cities, places where we other Southrons learned to be Jewish, women, feminists, black, immigrants, queers, punks, radicals, flaneurs, flaneuses: all the identity categories that traditional southernisms
These must have been southernisms
," Mynie explained to me.
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
In "Thief of Tongues," Smith sifts through her mother's Southernisms
to look for her heritage.
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.
To fit with Winslet, who plays his sister, Mark Ruffalo goes easy on the Southernisms
I had to figure out where it was going" on first reading it, Scott acknowledges, "because Sherry's language is so dense--very beautiful, but dense with its Southernisms
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.