Conclusion: Corporealizing Southern Studies
This conclusion ties together the previous chapters and restates the central premise of the book: that the corporeal legacies of slavery onward are manifest through bodies in contemporary culture set in the US South. The chapter calls for a corporealized southern studies, a broad mode of analysis that attends to the materialization of the body in many forms and guises. Pointing to other texts that southern studies might examine in this framework—Bitter in the Mouth or Sing, Unburied, Sing, for instance—as well as other theoretical modes—like disability studies or the new materialisms—the book’s conclusion suggests the many more routes that this project might travel. The body, here, continues to matter, as matter.
KeywordsSouthern studies Materiality Slavery
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