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Corporeal Legacies in the US South

Memory and Embodiment in Contemporary Culture

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  • Contributes new knowledge to Southern Studies and twenty-first-century Southern culture while also particularizing the fields of psychoanalysis, Animal Studies, posthumanism, and Environmental Studies in the South
  • Extends the various discourses of embodiment into interdisciplinary alignment, delineating an original space in Southern Studies and providing a model for grounding and combining the variety of critical modes in a geographical and historical setting
  • Articulates new theorizations of race and race-relations, but also provides expansive and original frameworks for reconceiving the past’s structuring effects on the present

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This book examines the ways in which the histories of racial violence, from slavery onwards, are manifest in representations of the body in twenty-first-century culture set in the US South. Christopher Lloyd focuses on corporeality in literature and film to detail the workings of cultural memory in the present. Drawing on the fields of Southern Studies, Memory Studies and Black Studies, the book also engages psychoanalysis, Animal Studies and posthumanism to revitalize questions of the racialized body. Lloyd traces corporeal legacies in the US South through novels by Jesmyn Ward, Kathryn Stockett and others, alongside film and television such as Beasts of the Southern Wild and The Walking Dead. In all, the book explores the ways in which bodies in contemporary southern culture bear the traces of racial regulation and injury.

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“Christopher Lloyd’s Corporeal Legacies in the US South: Memory and Embodiment in Contemporary Culture is original, timely, and furthers the fields of Southern Studies and contemporary literature by examining the intersections of critical race theory, Embodiment Studies, posthumanism, and Animal Studies in Southern literature and film.” (Deborah E. Barker, Professor and Undergraduate Director, University of Mississippi, USA)

“The bringing together of psychoanalysis, posthumanism, Animal Studies, and Environmental Studies yields a project that is both original and current. Corporeal Legacies in the US South offers a fascinating, rigorous, and important contribution to Southern Studies.” (Matthew Dischinger, Lecturer, Georgia State University, USA)

“This monograph makes important contributions into the field of Southern Studies in its approach to contemporary texts. Most important are the ways in which Christopher Lloyd addresses African American Studies criticism of discourses of the human, in the ways that post-humanism and animal studies, for instance, displace race.” (Monica Carol Miller, author of Being Ugly: Southern Women Writers and Social Rebellion, USA)

Authors and Affiliations

  • School of Humanities, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, United Kingdom

    Christopher Lloyd

About the author

Christopher Lloyd is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. He is author of Rooting Memory, Rooting Place: Regionalism in the Twenty-First-Century American South (2015), and numerous special issues, journal articles and book chapters on race and memory in contemporary US literature and culture.

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