Introduction: The Body of/in Memory

  • Christopher Lloyd


This introduction begins by exploring Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade (2016) for the ways in which it ties together the dominant themes of Corporeal Legacies in the US South: race, the body, memory, and the US South. After considering the role of black bodies in regional settings, the introduction then surveys the major critical trajectory of the book. First, it outlines the role of embodiment in black and southern culture, then engages the scope of New Southern Studies (NSS), after which it looks at memory studies and then moves into discourses of the human and the animal. The chapter concludes by returning to Beyoncé and the music video “Formation.”


US South Memory Black studies Beyoncé Embodiment Posthumanism Southern studies Memory studies 


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  • Christopher Lloyd
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  1. 1.School of HumanitiesUniversity of HertfordshireHatfieldUK

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