ESO Bibliographies: Native South Studies

The Native South

A Working Bibliography of Critical Texts Edited by the SSSL’s Emerging Scholars Organization

Anderson, Eric Gary. “Earthworks and Contemporary Indigenous American Literature: Foundations and Futures.” Native South, vol. 9, 2016, pp. 1-26.

—. “Literary and Textual Histories of the Native South.” The Oxford Handbook to the Literature of the U.S. South, edited by Fred Hobson and Barbara Ladd, Oxford UP, 2016, pp. 17-32.

—. “Native.” Keywords for Southern Studies, edited by Scott Romine and Jennifer Rae Greeson, U Georgia, 2016, pp. 166-178.

—. “Native American Literature, Ecocriticism, and the South: The Inaccessible Worlds of Linda Hogan’s Power.” South to a New Place: Region, Literature, Culture, edited by Suzanne W. Jones, Sharon Monteith, and Richard Gray, Louisiana State UP, 2002, pp. 165-83.

—. “On Native Ground: Indigenous Presences and Countercolonial Strategies in Southern Narratives of Captivity, Removal, and Repossession.” Southern Spaces, 2007,

—. “Raising the Indigenous Undead.” The Palgrave Handbook of the Southern Gothic, edited by Susan Castillo Street and Charles L. Crow, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, pp. 323-335.

—. “Rethinking Indigenous Southern Communities.” The U.S. South in Global Contexts: A Collection of Position Statements, American Literature, vol. 78, no. 4, 2006, special issue on Global Contexts, Local Literature: The New Southern Studies, edited by Kathryn McKee and Annette Trefzer, pp. 730-732.

—. “South to a Red Place:  Contemporary American Indian Literature and the Problem of Native/Southern Studies.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 60, no. 1, (2006-07, special issue on American Indian Literatures and Cultures in the South, pp. 5-32.

Arnold, Ellen L. and Wm. Joseph Thomas, editors. Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 60, no. 1,  2006-07, special issue on American Indian Literatures and Cultures in the South.

Awiakta, Marilou. Selu: Seeking the Corn Mother’s Wisdom. New edition, Fulcrum, 2006.

Bates, Denise E. The Other Movement: Indian Rights and Civil Rights in the Deep South. Tuscaloosa: U Alabama P, 2012.

—, editor. We Will Always Be Here: Native Peoples on Living and Thriving in the South. UP of Florida, 2016.

Benson, Melanie. Disturbing Calculations: The Economics of Identity in Postcolonial Southern Literature, 1912-2002. U of Georgia P, 2008.

—. “In Deep.” The Southern Literary Journal, vol. 48, no. 1, pp. 68-72, Fall 2015. DOI: 10.1353/slj.2016.0008.

Byrd, Jodi A. “A Return to the South.” American Quarterly, vol. 66, no. 3, pp. 609-620, September 2014. DOI: 10.1353/aq.2014.0051.

Caison, Gina. “Claiming the Unclaimable: Forrest Carter, The Education of Little Tree, and Land Claim in the Native South.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 64, no. 3/4, Summer/Fall 2011, pp. 573-595.

—. Red States: Indigeneity, Settler Colonialism, and Southern Studies. U of Georgia P, forthcoming 2018.

Carney, Virginia Moore. Eastern Band Cherokee Women: Cultural Persistence in Their Letters and Speeches. U of Tennessee P, 2005.

Carroll, Clint. Roots of Our Renewal: Ethnobotany and Cherokee Environmental Governance. U of Minnesota P, 2015.

Driskill, Qwo-Li. Asegi Stories: Cherokee Queer and Two-Spirit Memory. The U of Arizona P, 2016.

Dubcovsky, Alejandra. Informed Power: Communication in the Early American South. Harvard UP, 2016.

—. “One Hundred Sixty-One Knots, Two Plates, and One Emperor: Creek Information Networks in the Era of the Yamasee War.” Ethnohistory, vol. 59, no. 3, Summer 2012, pp. 489-513, DOI: 10.1215/00141801-1587442.

Duncan, Barbara R., and Brett H. Riggs. Cherokee Heritage Trails Guidebook. The U of North Carolina P, 2003.

First Peoples. Special issue of Southern Cultures, vol. 14, no. 4, 2008,

Fitzgerald, David, photographer. Chickasaw: Unconquered and Unconquerable, essays by Jeannie Barbour, Amanda Cobb, and Linda Hogan, Chickasaw P, 2006.

Foster, Tol. “Of One Blood: An Argument for Relations and Regionality in Native American Literary Studies.” Reasoning Together: The Native Critics Collective, edited by Craig S. Womack, Daniel Heath Justice, and Christopher Teuton, U of Oklahoma P, 2008, pp. 265-302.

Goméz, Rain Prud’homme Cranford. “Brackish Bayou Blood: Weaving Mixed-Blood Indian-Creole Identity Outside the Written Record.” American Indian Culture & Research Journal, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 93-108, 2008.

—. “Hachotakni Zydeco’s Round’a Loop Current: Indigenous, African, and Caribbean Mestizaje in Louisiana Literatures.” Southern Literary Journal, vol. 46, no. 2, pp. 88-107, Spring 2014. DOI: 10.1353/slj.2014.0001.

—. “‘Life Refusing to End’: The Transformative Gothic in Shani Mootoo’s Cereus Blooms at Night.”  Undead Souths: the Gothic and Beyond in Southern Literature and Culture, edited by Eric Gary Anderson, Taylor Hagood, and Daniel Cross Turner, Louisiana State UP, 2015.

Haag, Martha, editor. A Listening Wind: Native Literature from the Southeast. U of Nebraska P, 2016.

Leustig, Jack, director. 500 Nations. 1995. Performance by Kevin Costner, Warner Bros., 2004.

Littlefield, Daniel F. and James W. Parins, editors. Native American Writing in the Native Southeast: An Anthology, 1875-1935. UP of Mississippi, 1995.

Hedge Coke, Allison Adelle. “Seeds.” Speaking for the Generations: Native Writers on Writing, edited by Simon J. Ortiz, U of Arizona P, 1998, pp. 92-117. Sun Tracks.

Hobson, Geary, Janet McAdams, and Kathryn Walkiewicz, editors. The People Who Stayed: Southeastern Indian Writing after Removal. U of Oklahoma P, 2010.

Hollrah, Patrice. “Decolonizing the Choctaws: Teaching LeAnne Howe’s Shell Shaker.” American Indian Quarterly, vol. 28, no. 1-2, 2004, pp. 73-85.

Howe, LeAnne. “Blind Bread and the Business of Theory Making, by Embarrassed Grief.” Reasoning Together: The Native Critics Collective, edited by Craig S. Womack, Daniel Heath Justice, and Christopher Teuton, U of Oklahoma P, 2008, pp. 325-39.

—. director. Indian Country Diaries: Spiral of Fire. Produced by Carol Patton Cornsilk and Blythe Frank, PBS, 2005.

—. “Tribalography: The Power of Native Stories.” Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, vol. 14, no. 1, 1999, pp. 117-25.

Howe, LeAnne, and Kirstin Squint. “S01 Episode 6: It’s About Story.” About South, 11 August 2016, co-produced by Gina Caison and Kelly Vines,

Hudson, Angela Pulley. “The Cherokee Phoenix.” Encyclopedia of Southern Cultures: Volume 18: Media, edited by Allison Graham and Sharon Monteith, The U of North Carolina P, 2011, pp. 215-216.

—. Creek Paths and Federal Roads: Indians, Settlers, and Slaves and the Making of the American South. The U of North Carolina P, 2010.

—. “‘Forked Justice’: Elias Boudinot, the US Constitution, and Cherokee Removal.” American Indian Rhetorics of Survivance: Word Medicine, Word Magic, U of Pittsburgh P, 2006, pp. 50-65.

—. “Imagining Mary Musgrove: ‘Georgia’s Creek Indian Princess’ and Southern Identity.” Feminist Interventions in Early American Studies, U of Alabama P, 2006, pp. 112-125.

—. “Mississippi Lost and Found: Anne Moody’s Autobiograph(ies) and Racial Melancholia.” A/B: Auto/Biography Studies, vol. 20, no. 2, Winter 2005, pp. 282-300.

—. Real Native Genius: How an Ex-slave and a White Mormon Became Famous Indians, The U of North Carolina P, 2015.

—. “S01 Episode 13: Real Early South.” About South, 21 October 2016, co-produced by Gina Caison and Kelly Vines,

Indian by Birth: The Lumbee Dialect. Documentary in The Road Less Traveled: Three Features on Language and Life in North Carolina, North Carolina Language and Life Project, 2000,

Ivers, Larry E. This Torrent of Indians: War on the Southern Frontier, 1715-1728. U of South Carolina P, 2016.

Justice, Daniel Heath. Our Fire Survives the Storm: A Cherokee Literary History. U of Minnesota P, 2006.

Livingston, Chip. Naming Ceremony. Lethe, 2014.

Lowery, Malinda Maynor. Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Race, Identity, and the Making of a Nation. The U of North Carolina P, 2010.

Lumbee by Grace: Landmarks in Lumbee Identity. 2002. DVD remastered, UNC Pembroke, 2007.

Makhdoumian, Helen. “Rewriting Billie and Asserting Rhetorical Sovereignty in Linda Hogan’s Power.” Studies in American Indian Literatures, vol. 28, no. 4, 2016, pp. 80-110.

Marak, Andrae M., and Laura Tuennerman. At the Border of Empires: The Tohono O’odham, Gender, and Assimilation, 1880-1934. The U of Arizona P, 2013.

McAdams, Janet. “From Betty Creek: Writing the Indigenous Deep South.” The People Who Stayed: Southeastern Indian Writing After Removal, edited by Geary Hobson, Janet McAdams, and Kathryn Walkiewicz,  U of Oklahoma P, 2010, pp. 251-256.

McKinney, Karen J. “‘There’s Always a Story to Tell’: Creating Tradition on Qualla Boundary.” North Carolina Literary Review, vol. 13, 2004, pp. 25-40.

Miles, Tiya and Sharon P. Holland, editors. Crossing Waters, Crossing Worlds: The African Diaspora in Indian Country. Duke UP, 2006.

Morgan, Philip Carroll. Riding Out the Storm: 19th Century Chickasaw Governors, Their Lives and Intellectual Legacy. Chickasaw P, 2013.

Native South. U of Nebraska P, 2008 – present,

Oakley, Christopher Arris. Keeping the Circle: American Indian Identity in Eastern North Carolina, 1885-2004. U of Nebraska P, 2005.

Ramsey, William L. The Yamasee War: A Study of Culture, Economy, and Conflict in the Colonial South. U of Nebraska P, 2008.

Rosenberg, Roberta. “Native American Literature.” The Companion to Southern Literature: Themes, Genres, Places, People, Movements, and Motifs, edited by Joseph M. Flora and Lucinda MacKethan, Louisiana State UP, 2002, pp. 526-530.

Squint, Kirstin. “Burying the (Un)Dead and Healing the Living: Choctaw Women’s Power in LeAnne Howe’s Novels.” Undead Souths: the Gothic and Beyond in Southern Literature and Culture, edited by Eric Gary Anderson, Taylor Hagood, and Daniel Cross Turner, Louisiana State UP, 2015.

—. LeAnne Howe at the Intersections of Southern and Native American Literature. Louisiana State UP, forthcoming 2018.

—. “Choctaw Homescapes: LeAnne Howe’s Gulf Coast.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 66, no. 1, 2013, pp. 115-137.

—. “Choctawan Aesthetics, Spirituality and Gender Relations: An Interview with LeAnne Howe.” MELUS, vol. 35, no. 3, Fall 2010, pp. 211-224.

Starr, Glenn Ellen. The Lumbee Indians: An Annotated Bibliography, with Chronology and Index. McFarland, 1994.

Taylor, Melanie Benson. Reconstructing the Native South: American Indian Literature and the Lost Cause. U of Georgia P, 2012.

Teves, Stephanie Nohelani, Andrea Smith, and Michelle Raheja, editors. Native Studies Keywords. The U of Arizona P, 2015.

Totten, Gary. “Zitkala-Sa and the Problem of Regionalism: Nations, Narratives, and Critical Traditions.” American Indian Quarterly, vol. 29, no. 1-2, Spring 2005, pp. 84-123.

Trefzer, Annette. Disturbing Indians: The Archeology of Southern Fiction. The U of Alabama P, 2006.

—. “The Indigenous Uncanny: Spectral Genealogies in LeAnne Howe’s Fiction.” Undead Souths: the Gothic and Beyond in Southern Literature and Culture, edited by Eric Gary Anderson, Taylor Hagood, and Daniel Cross Turner, Louisiana State UP, 2015

“The Trail of Tears. We Shall Remain: America Through Native Eyes, directed by Chris Eyre and Sharon Grimberg, PBS, 2009.

Velie, Alan R., and A. Robert Lee. The Native American Renaissance: Literary Imagination and Achievement. U of Oklahoma P, 2013.

Walker, Cheryl. Indian Nation: Native American Literature and Nineteenth-Century Nationalisms. Duke UP, 1997.

Weaver, Jace. The Red Atlantic: American Indigenes and the Making of the Modern World, 1000-1927. The U of North Carolina P, 2014.

Weaver, Jace, Craig S. Woman, and Robert Warrior. American Indian Literary Nationalism. U of New Mexico P, 2005.

Womack, Craig S. Art as Performance, Story as Criticism: Reflections on Native Literary Aesthetics. U of Oklahoma P, 2009.

—. Red on Red: Native American Literary Separatism. U of Minnesota P, 1999.

Wood, Karenne, editor. The Virginia Indian Heritage Trail. Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, 2007.

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