Melanie Benson Taylor

Melanie Benson Taylor is Professor of English and Native American Studies at Dartmouth College. She is the author of three monographs: The Indian in American Southern Literature (Cambridge, 2020); Reconstructing the Native South: American Indian Literature and the Lost Cause (Georgia, 2012); and Disturbing Calculations: The Economics of Identity in Postcolonial Southern Literature, 1912-2002 (Georgia, 2008). She has edited The Cambridge History of Native American Literature (2020) and is currently preparing a Cambridge Companion to the Native American Novel and a Cambridge Companion to Native American Poetry. Her articles have appeared in American Literary History, PMLA, The Mississippi Quarterly, Texas Studies in Language and Literature, and other journalsShe also serves as Executive Editor for the journal Native South.


Notes on the State of Indigeneity; or Turning South Again

My subtitle deliberately echoes Houston Baker’s pivotal monograph, Turning South Again: Re-thinking Modernism, Re-reading Booker T, which—when it was first published in 2001—fundamentally altered the course of Southern studies.