The Revenant

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The Revenant

by Matthew P. Shelton
Southern Cultures, Vol. 19, No. 3: Civil War

"I drilled until the book was lace."

The gaps between experience and history are filled with unauthorized cosmologies. Worldview. Origins of myth. While artifacts of war are found in pawnshops, artifacts of survival are found in cosmology. Through my work, I chart the southern imaginary—from the Culture Wars back to Reconstruction, from a Food Lion parking lot in Appalachia to the utopian plots of the Lower Ninth Ward—in search of cosmological artifacts.