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Jennifer Rae Greeson
Trustees of Princeton University (Princeton, NJ 08540-5228)
Domestic Geography and Global Imagination in American Literature, 1776-1915

U.S. national literature as it developed between the founding and the First World War rested on a consistent differentiation of "the South" from the national idea writ large, because imaginatively juxtaposing the United States with its "South" enabled U.S. writers to conceptualize the rapidly changing place of their nation in a global context. By charting the emergence of literary subgenres that imaged "the South"--such as travel narrative, gothic mode, abolitionist address, "local color" fiction, and Reconstruction romance--OUR SOUTH maps a genealogical trajectory between the transatlantic representational conventions of colonial America, and the hemispheric and increasingly global visions with which Americans entered the 20th century.

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Project fields:
American Studies

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

$24,000 (approved)
$24,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2006 – 12/31/2006