LSU Press Releases “Storytelling, History, and the Postmodern South,” edited by Jason Phillips
BATON ROUGE – Blending analysis with storytelling, and professional insights with personal experiences, the contributors in this innovative essay collection “deconstruct Dixie,” insisting that writing the South’s history means harnessing, not criticizing, the inherent power of narrative.
In “Storytelling, History, and the Postmodern South,” edited by Jason Phillips and now available from LSU Press, scholars examine white Southern texts from multiple, fresh perspectives and consider ways in which storytelling helped shape identity and mold scholarship over time. Farrell O’Gorman, Jewel L. Spangler, David A. Davis, Robert Jackson, Anne Marshall, K. Stephen Prince and Jim Downs explore diverse topics such as Southern Gothic fiction and the centrality of religion, white trash autobiographies, the “professional Southerner” in literature and criticism, and the “one-drop rule” of racial taxonomy in America.
These writers look beyond ideology and race, showcasing new ways of interpreting texts and encouraging scholars to move beyond theory to engage the historical context of southern stories and storytelling.
Phillips, an associate professor of history at Mississippi State University, is the author of “Diehard Rebels: The Confederate Culture of Invincibility.”