Department of English

University of Mississippi

Leigh Anne Duck

UntitledLeigh Anne Duck edits the journal The Global South. Her published work concentrates on literary and visual representations of the U.S. South as well as comparative approaches to “Jim Crow” segregation and South African apartheid.  Her current book project is tentatively titled On Location in Hollywood South: An Aspirational State in Uncertain Times.


  • University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois Ph.D. in English and American Language and Literature, 2000
  • Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas M.A. in English (concentration in creative writing), 1993
  • Rice University, Houston, Texas B.A. in English, magna cum laude, 1989

Appointment History:

  • University of Mississippi, Dept. of English Associate Professor, fall 2010-present
  • University of Copenhagen, Dept. of English, Germanic, and Romance Studies Visiting Associate Professor, 2009-2010
  • University of Memphis, Dept. of English Assistant Professor, 2000-2006; Associate Professor, 2006-2010

The Nation’s Region: Southern Modernism, Segregation, and U.S. NationalismPublications:


  • On Location in Hollywood South: An Aspirational State in Uncertain Times, in progress.
  • The Nation’s Region: Southern Modernism, Segregation, and U.S. Nationalism (Athens: U of Georgia Press, 2006).


  • “Commercial Counter-History: Remapping the Movement in Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” forthcoming in The Jim Crow South in the Black Atlantic, 1860s-1960s, eds. Nicholas Grant and Elisabeth Engel, spec. issue of Journal of American Studies.
  • Co-authored with Anne Lewis, “Southern Transformations: Three Documentary Films by Anne Lewis,” Navigating Souths: Transdisciplinary Explorations of a U.S. Region, eds. Michele Grigsby Coffey and Jodi Skipper, (Athens: U of Georgia P, 2017), 182-200.
  • Co-authored with Sabine Haenni, “Introduction: New Images of the City,” Global South 9.2 (2015 [2016]): 1-17.
  • “Racial Segregation,” Keywords for Southern Studies, eds. Scott Romine and Jennifer Greeson (Athens: U of Georgia P, 2016), 60-70.
  • “Arts of Abjection in James Agee, Walker Evans, and Luis Buñuel,” Oxford Handbook of the Literature of the U.S. South, eds. Fred Hobson and Barbara Ladd (New York: Oxford UP, 2016), 290-309.
  • “Undead Genres/Living Locales: Gothic Legacies in The True Meaning of Pictures and Winter’s Bone,” Undead Souths: The Gothic and Beyond in Southern Literature and Culture, eds. Eric Gary Anderson, Taylor Hagood, and Daniel Cross Turner (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2015), 173-86.
  • “The World of Jim Crow,” William Faulkner in Context, ed. John T. Matthews (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2015), 135-43.
  • “The Textual Atlantic: Race, Time, and Representation in the Writings of AME Bishop Levi Jenkins Coppin,” The American South and the Atlantic World, edited by Brian Ward, Martyn Bone, and William A. Link (Gainesville: UP of Florida, 2013), 170-94.
  • “Plantation Cartographies and Chronologies” (review essay), American Literary History 24.4 (Winter 2012): 842- 52.
  • “Woodward’s Southerner: History, Literature, and the Question of Identity,” The Ongoing Burden of Southern History: Politics and Identity in the Twenty-First Century South, edited by Angie Maxwell, Todd Shields, and Jeannie Whayne (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2012), 31-61.
  • “Peripatetic Modernism, or, Joe Christmas’ Father,” Philological Quarterly 90.2-3 (2011): 261-86. Revised and extended version of “Race, Labor, and Hispanic Migration in Light in August,” William Faulkner y el mundo hispánico: diálogos desde el otro Sur, edited by Beatriz Vegh and Eleonora Basso (Montevideo: Linardi y Risso, 2008), 57-69.
  • “Bodies and Expectations: Chain Gang Discipline,” American Cinema and the Southern Imaginary, eds. Kathryn B. McKee and Deborah Barker (Athens: U of Georgia P, 2010), 79-103.
  • “Plantation/Empire,” CR: New Centennial Review 10.1 (2010): 77-87.
  • “From Colony to Empire: Postmodern Faulkner,” Global Faulkner: Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha 2006, edited by Annette Trefzer and Ann J. Abadie (Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2009), 24-42. Revised and extended version of “Plantation ‘Designs’: Faulkner’s Transnational Epistemes,” America’s Worlds and the World’s Americas/Les mondes des Amériques et les Amériques du monde, edited by Amaryll Chanady, George Handley, and Patrick Imbert (Ottawa: U of Ottawa/Legas, 2006), 379-89.
  • “Chronic Modernism,” Blackwell Companion to the Modern American Novel, edited by John T. Matthews (Malden: Blackwell, 2009), 202-17.
  • “Listening to Melancholia: Alice Walker’s Meridian,” special issue of Patterns of Prejudice: Naming Race, Naming Racisms, ed. Jonathan Judaken, 42.4-5 (October 2008): 439-464. Reprint in Naming Race, Naming Racisms, ed. Jonathan Judaken (London: Routledge, 2009), 105-30.
  • “Southern Nonidentity” (response essay), Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies 9.3 (2008): 319-30.
  • “Religion: Desire and Ideology,” A Companion to William Faulkner, edited by Richard Moreland (Malden: Blackwell, 2007), 269-83.
  • “Apartheid, Jim Crow, and Comparative Literature,” Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies 8.1 (2007): 37-43.
  • “Space in Time,” contribution to “The U.S. South in Global Contexts: A Collection of Position Statements,” special issue of American Literature: Global Contexts, Local Literature: The New Southern Studies, eds. Annette Trefzer and Kathryn McKee, 78.4 (December 2006): 709-11.
  • “‘Rebirth of a Nation’: Hurston in Haiti,” Journal of American Folklore 117.474 (Spring 2004): 127-46.
  • “Travel and Transference: V. S. Naipaul and the Plantation Past,” Look Away: The U.S. South in New World Studies, edited by Deborah N. Cohn and Jon Smith (Durham: Duke UP, 2004), 150-70.
  • “Rethinking Community: Post-Plantation Literatures in Postmodernity,” Mississippi Quarterly 56.4 (Fall 2003): 511-20.
  • “Haunting Yoknapatawpha: Faulkner and Traumatic Memory,” Faulkner in the Twenty-First Century: Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha 2000, edited by Robert W. Hamblin and Ann J. Abadie (Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2003), 89-106.
  • “‘Go There tuh Know There’: Zora Neale Hurston and the Chronotope of the Folk,” American Literary History 13.2 (Spring 2001): 266-94.


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