English Professor Includes Chapter in New Book on the “Undead”

Kirstin Squint

HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 21, 2015 – Kirstin Squint, assistant professor of English at High Point University, contributed a chapter to a recently published book, “Undead Souths: The Gothic and Beyond in Southern Literature and Culture.”

Her chapter, “Burying the (Un)Dead and Healing the Living: Choctaw Women’s Power in LeAnne Howe’s Novels,” considers the way Choctaw women living in a matrilineal society operate as “alikchi,” or healers, and other spiritual practitioners, as represented in the novels of LeAnne Howe.

Squint researches and teaches multiethnic and Southern literature at HPU and is completing a monograph on Howe’s body of work.

“‘Undead Souths’ is an important new critical collection in Southern literary and cultural studies,” Squint says. “It applies the paradigm of ‘southern undeadness’ to an array of media and historical eras to explore not only the expected vampires and zombies, but also the social death experienced by enslaved peoples, the Cult of the Lost Cause, and funerary rituals of Native Americans forcibly removed from the Southeast. The book presents such interesting and innovative ideas that I have already had students cite it in their research this semester in my American Indian Women Writers class.”

Edited by Eric Gary Anderson, Taylor Hagood, and Daniel Cross Turner, the book has received a considerable amount of press. Publisher’s Weekly described the collection as “illuminating” and “well worth the time of those interested in a close examination of the origins of Southern gothic literature.”

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