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Queer South Rising: Voices of a Contested Place is acollection of essays about the
South by people who identify as both Southern and queer. The collection's name hints
at the provocative nature of its contents: placing Queer and South side-by-side challenges
readers to think about each word differently. The idea that a queer South might rise
undermines the Battle Cry of "The South's Gonna rise Again " embedded in the collective
memory of a conservative South. This rising does not refer to a kind of Enlightenment
transcendence where the region achieves some sort of distinctive prominence. It suggests
instead ruptures, like furrows in a plowed field where seeds are sown. The rising
Whitlock envisions is akin to breaking and turning over meanings of Southern place.
The title further serves to remind readers of the complexities of the place as it
calls into question notions of a universal, homogenous LGBT, queer, identity. Queer
South Rising is the first truly interdisciplinary collection of essays on the South
and queerness that deliberately aims for multiple approaches to the topics. This collection
is intended for a wide audience of "regular" folks. Essays explore multiple intersections
of Southern place-religion, politics, sexuality, race, education-that transcend regional
boundaries. This book counters conventional scholarly texts; it invites all readers
interested in the South and queer themes to engage with the narratives it holds-and
perhaps question their assumptions. Whitlock has sought, in collecting these essays,
to seek out a diverse group of authors-across disciplines, professions, and interests-to
shatter perceptions about a nostalgic, romanticized Southern culture in general.
No region has more distinct images of place than the South. This Corner of Canaan: Curriculum Studies of Place and the Reconstruction of the South makes a unique contribution to studies of curriculum and place, linking the particularities of Southern culture to social concerns of curriculum theory. Written by a Southerner about the South, this book extends curriculum of place by moving beyond a monolithic, pastoral South to one that exists within the paradox of its own aberrations: nostalgia, queer fundamentalist Christianity with its own anomalous notions of grace and communion, homeplaces of difference, and an apocalyptic Biblical vision.