2001 Conference

Souths, Global and Local: An Interdisciplinary Conference

April 5-7, 2001

Keynote speaker: Guillermo Gomez-Peña

Call for Papers

What have been, and continue to be, the connotations of “the South?” Why and how are regional spaces marked, mapped and/or constructed? How might southern regions be studied in juxtaposition with one another? How might these questions intersect with work in regional studies, cultural studies, critical theory, foreign languages, literature, history, architecture, environmental studies, economics, political science, gender studies, film and media studies, sociology, anthropology, music and fine arts?

We invite papers and/or presentations which examine the identifications and significations of southern regions from local and/or global contexts (and also contexts which interrogate the global/local opposition). Creative works and performances along with panel presentations will be considered.

Possible topics may include but are not limited to:

Southern Regionalisms in the Arts
The Two Birminghams: England’s Center for Cultural Studies and Birmingham, Alabama
The “Global South” and Late Capitalism
Modernity and Development in “the South”
The South of Which North?
Roundtable: Editing Journals in/about southern regions
Travel and Tourism
Artistic and Cultural Representations of “the South”
Southern Cartographies and (Post)Colonialism
Nostalgia and/or Primitivism
Nationalisms and “the South”
Southern Identities (Ethnic, Gendered, Classed)v Geographies and the Digital
Craft and Design
Regionalism and/in Popular Culture
Comparative Southern Regionalisms


All Events will take place at the Reitz Union Room 346 unless otherwise indicated.

Map to the Reitz Union

8:00 – 8:15 Welcome and Announcements
Jeff Rice, President, English Graduate Organization

8:15 – 9:30 am
Panel: Racial Ideologies
Chair: David Johnson

Jeremy Wells, Indiana University
“Up from Savagery: Booker T. Washington and the Civilizing Mission.”

Josh Utley, UF English
“The Space of Race: Caste, Social Mobility, and the Figure of the Mulatto/a in Frances E.W. Harper’s Iola Leroy.

Maria Martinez, UF English
“Elian Nation: Gender and Race in the New Banana Republic”

9:45 – 10:30 am
Panel: William Carlos Williams and the Mapping of the South
Chair: Harun Thomas

Emily Garcia, UF English
“Modernist Historiographies: the Spanish Borderlands and William Carlos Williams’ In the American Grain.”

David Johnson, UF English
” The Pure Products of America: William Carlos Williams, Regional Identity, Advertising, and Women in the Home.”

Jay Langdale, UF History
“Agrarianism’s Last Stand: Donald Davidson’s The Big Ballad Jamboree.”

10:45 – 11:30 am
Panel: Borders? What Borders?
Chair: Patrick Brennan

Ericka Paola Ghersi, UF Romance Languages and Literatures
“Social Feminism Changing Mexican Female Identity”

Dean Swinford, UF English
“Remedios Varo as Mystic and Scientist”

Steven Mizrach, Florida International University
“The North in the South: Southern Florida as a Northern Colony.”

12:00 NOON – LUNCH

1:00 – 2:15 pm
Panel: Issues and Literature: Harry Crews, Jim Thompson, and Southern Women’s Humor
Chair: Bradley Dilger

Mark James, University of Central Florida
“Coming Out: Homoeroticism in Harry Crews’ A Feast of Snakes.”

Craig Rinne, UF English
John Ronan, UF English
“South of No North: Tropes and Traits of a Southern Noir in Jim Thompson’s Novels.”

Anne Jones, UF English
“The Incredible Shrinking You-Know-What: Signifying on the Signifier in Southern Women’s Humor.”

2:30 – 4:15 pm
Panel: Context: Florida
Chair: Jason Snart

Henry James Butler, UF English
“Florida: The Rules are Different Here.”

Charlie Hailey, UF Architecture
“Southern Camp(sites): Florida’s Vernacular Spaces from John Ruskin to the Tin can Tourists of the World.”

Sarika Chandra, UF English
“Teaching in Florida: The End of Affirmative Action and the Politics of Race.”

4:30 – 6:00 pm
Panel: Mapping the Virtual City
The Florida Research Ensemble

Will Pappenheimer, UF Fine Arts
Barbara Jo Revelle, UF Fine Arts
William Tilson, UF Architecture
Gregory Ulmer, UF English

Guillermo Gomez-Peña
Harn Museum
Reception to follow Gomez-Peña’s talk.


8:00 – 9:15 am
Panel: Case Study and Performance
Chair: Pat Campbell

Emily J. Noonan, Georgia
“Women in Comfortable Shoes: Or, the Subcultural Use of Identity Markers Among Southern Lesbians.”

Gwyndolyn J. Weathers, University of Maryland
“A Case Study of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in the U.S. South.”

Deborah Cunningham Walker, University of South Florida
“Colorblind: A Young Girl’s Lesson in Segregation.”

9:30 – 10:45 am
Panel: Advertising and Gender
Chair: Lisa Hager

Michelle Renee Ladd, Claremont Graduate University
“Smoke Rings: Cigar Labels, Masculinity, and Pleasure.”

Thomas F. Haddox, Vanderbilt University
“Making Patriarchy Work for You: Jill Conner Browne’s Southern, Third Wave Feminist Conduct Novels.”

Sean Wells, Emory University
“Southern Masculinity” Literary Invocations of Nathaniel Bedford Forrest.”

11:00 – 12 NOON
Panel: Geographic Souths
Chair: Nick Melczarek

Pramod Mishra, Duke University
“Transculturation and the Rise of the Global South.”

Samuel Pierce, UF History
“Radicalism and Reform in Spain’s South.”

Lorraine Ouimet, UF English
“Recovering (from) the Past: the South as Geographical and Temporal Location of Trauma and Recovery.


1:00 – 2:15 pm
Panel: Modernism
Chair: Julie Sinn

Tace Hedrick, UF English
“Out of Time: Historicity and Modernist American Bodies.”

Susan Hegeman, UF English
“Southward Modernisms.”

Trish Ventura, UF English
“The Global Body and Toni Morrison’s Tar Baby.”

2:30 – 4:15 pm
Panel: Explorations in and of Film
Chair: Denise Cummings

A. Rochelle Mabry, UF English
“Justice in Small Town: Race and Racism in To Kill a Mockingbird and A Time to Kill.

Brian Doan, UF English
“New Souths, New Cinemas: Exploring the (Critical) Landscapes in the Work of James Agee.”

Phil Wegner, UF English
“‘A Fine Tradition’: The Remaking of the South in Cape Fear.”

4:30 – 6:00 pm
Panel: Rereading Faulkner
Chair: Fritz Brundage

Randy Boyagoda, Boston University
“Guiseppe Christmas? A More Recent Inextricable Compositeness: Italian-immigrant Anxiety in Faulkner’s South.”

C. Stuart Chapman, Boston University
“Cartography as Solution: William Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha Map and The Hamlet.”

Virginia Agnew, UF English
“Dysfunctional Families in William Faulkner and Toni Morrison.”

8:00 PM Reading: Josh Russell
Reitz Union Room 282

LOCATION CHANGE: Presentations to be held in Rolfs Hall.

9:00 – 10:00 am
Panel: The Carnivalesque
Chair: Emily Garcia

Christine Roth, UF English
Mark Hills, Santa Fe Community College
“Grotesque, Carnivalesque, or Just Plain Freaky: Bakhtin and the Culture of the American South.”
Henri-S. Blanc, UF Romance Languages and Literatures
“Moving the North-South Border (U.S. and Mexico) Further North (U.S. and Canada) in Three Science Fiction Movies of the 90s: The Handmaid’s Tale, The Fortress, and Barbwire Or, How the North Reveals its Own Fears of Becoming its Southern Neighbor.”

10:15 – 12 NOON
Panel: Producing and Consuming Southern Regions
Chair: Brendan Riley

Tena L. Helton, Louisiana State University
“Southern Appalachia as Borderland: Cultural Consequences of Regional Definition.”

Jessica McKelvie, Louisiana State University
“Fantasies of the South: Identities for Sale.”

Elizabeth Beard, Louisiana State University
“Cultivating the Agrarian South: Fertile Land, Fertile Women.”

12 NOON Concluding Remarks and Farewells