The SSSL Newsletter

SSSL Newsletters are published twice a year in May and November. The Newsletter keeps SSSL members up to date on Society programs and related current and future events sponsored by other organizations. The Newsletter informs the members of the SSSL as to what their colleagues are doing and offers an ongoing bibliography of notable scholarship published in southern studies.

Society for the Study of Southern Literature Newsletter; Volume 49, Issue 1 May 2015

Volume 49, Issue 1 May 2015 The Deep South Issue James A. Crank is an Assistant Professor of American literature at the University of Alabama. He is the author of Understanding Sam Shepard (U of South Carolina P, 2012) and editor of the forthcoming New Approaches to Gone With the Wind (Louisiana State UP, 2015). I am pleased to welcome you to our first issue of 2015 – and my first as the new editor. I am writing to you […]

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Volume 48, Issue 2, November 2014

The Contemporary South Issue David A. Davis is Associate Professor of English and Director of Fellowships and Scholarships at Mercer University. With Tara Powell, he co-edited Writing in the Kitchen: Essays on Southern Literature and Foodways. Does the South still matter? A recent trend in southern studies has critiqued the existence of the South, suggesting that it is a social construction and that literary representations of the contemporary South reflect a simulacra of that social construction. These critiques undermine the myth of southern exceptionalism, […]

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Volume 48, Issue 1, May 2014

THE POETRY ISSUE David A. Davis is Associate Professor of English at Mercer University and Editor of the SSSL Newsletter. On the morning that I interviewed Kevin Young, the excellent webzine Bitter Southerner published their first selection of poetry. In the heading to the issue, the editor noted that southerners revere prose writers, listing a catechism of names—Faulkner, Warren, Welty, Wright, and so on. But the editor contends that “the work of our poets lives largely in academic literary journals, […]

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Volume 47, Issue 2, November 2013

The African American Studies Issue David A. Davis, editor of the SSSL Newsletter, is Assistant Professor of English and Southern Studies at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. All too often, the word “southerners” appears in print referring primarily to white conservatives. During the recent government shutdown, for example, several media outlets blamed southern politicians for resurrecting nullification, the Confederacy, obstructionism, and racism. Even though white conservatives come from all parts of the country and even though many politicians from the […]

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Volume 47, Issue 1, April 2013

SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF SOUTHERN LITERATURE NEWSLETTER 47.1 SPRING 2013 The New Southern Studies Issue David A. Davis is Assistant Professor of English and Southern Studies at Mercer University and Editor of the SSSL Newsletter. The new southern studies emerged while I was in graduate school. Calls for conference presentations and special issues of journals heralded the discourse, which critiqued the field of southern studies from a theoretically-informed, transnational perspective. New southern studies brought dynamism to southern literary criticism, […]

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Volume 46, Issue 2, November 2012

The Native South Issue David A. Davis is Assistant Professor of English and Southern Studies at Mercer University and Editor of the SSSL Newsletter. My hometown, Macon, Georgia, is site of the Ocmulgee Indian Mounds. This area has been inhabited for at least 11,000 years. About 1,000 years ago, people here began building elaborate funeral mounds, and construction projects and archeological digs over the past several decades have revealed thousands of bones and artifacts. These objects suggest a narrative about […]

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Volume 46, Issue 1, April 2012

The Digital Issue David A. Davis is Assistant Professor of English and Southern Studies at Mercer University and Editor of the SSSL Newsletter. Place was the recurring theme at the Society for the Study of Southern Literature biennial conference in Nashville. Being in the home of the Agrarians evidently inspired some provocative conversations about traditional southern locations. Barbara Ladd gave a plenary lecture that re-examined marginal and utopian spaces, and panellists on an institutional southernism session interrogated the notion of […]

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Volume 45, Issue 2, November 2011

The Anniversary Issue David A. Davis, the SSSL newsletter editor, is Assistant Professor of English and Southern Studies at Mercer University. The year marks the 43rd anniversary of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature’s founding. We tend not to mark such dates, preferring instead to observe anniversaries neatly divisible by ten or twenty-five. As literary critics, we might feel the impulse to observe drily that all of these dates are merely arbitrary constructions manufactured for the specious performance […]

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Volume 42, Issue 2, June 2009

From the Editor: This is quite some issue – thank-you so much to all of you who have contributed, especially to Jon Smith, who has written a fascinating account of his experiences in teaching southern studies out of the South, and across the border, in Canada. I read Jon’s observations with particular interest: I am teaching a southern literature course next semester for the first time here at the University of Sydney. I expect to encounter similar challenges and also, […]

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Volume 42, Issue 1, November 2008

From the Editor: First of all, surely I need to acknowledge the extraordinary events in the US this past week. As a colleague suggested to me the other day, Obama’s election perhaps signals the real beginning of the 21st century. We are certainly caught up in the excitement here across the Pacific – the tension and anticipation at Sydney University last week was palpable throughout the day, with televisions across campus tuned into CNN. The H-South site has started what […]

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Volume 41, Issue 2, May 2008

From the Editor: What a jam-packed issue this one is, perhaps the upshot of what I believe was a really exciting SSSL convention in Williamsburg earlier this month. Susan Donaldson and her assistants deserve a huge thanks for not only ensuring the convention took place at all, but also for making it such a resounding success. Let’s keep the enthusiasm and momentum going, in regard to both the Newsletter’s Fall issue and the 2010 New Orleans convention. I am certainly […]

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Volume 41, Issue 1, November 2007

From the Editor: I am thrilled with my new role as Editor of the SSSL Newsletter. Thanks to Bob Brinkmeyer, Susan Donaldson, Ryan McDonald (College of William and Mary) and Cassandra M. Edwards (University of Arkansas) for making the transition such an easy one. Let me introduce myself. As some of you may already know, I am a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales, in Canberra, Australia. I […]

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Volume 40, Issue 2, May 2007

From the Editor: With this issue, I am stepping down from the editorship of the newsletter and passing the position along to someone else. I’ve enjoyed being editor over the past several years, though really it has been the associate editors–graduate students here at the University of Arkansas who were interested in Southern literature–who have done almost all of the work. They are the ones who deserve all the credit for the newsletter, along with David Boddie, who has done […]

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Volume 40, Issue 1, December 2006

From the Editor: Greetings once again from the Ozarks where winter has come with a vengeance, making the long hot summer seem pretty inviting. As the world continues to unravel in disarray, I’m reminded of lines from Auden: “Uncertain and afraid / As the clever hopes expire / Of a low dishonest decade / Waves of anger and fear / Circulate over the bright / And darkened lands of the earth.” With this world’s turmoil, it seems that interest in […]

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Volume 39, Issue 2, May 2006

A Message from the SSSL President It will be hard for me to follow Bill Andrews as president of the SSSL. Bill did much to set our house in order. Our funds are safely invested, our bib- liography is back in full operation, our last general meeting in Chapel Hill succeeded admirably in just about any way one might want to measure it, our presence on the Web is clearly established, and we are once again inves- tigating major projects […]

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Volume 39, Issue 1, December 2005

From the Editor: It’s not feeling too Southern today here in the Ozarks. Tonight’s forecast is clear with a low of 1 degree. Hmm. The hot, sultry South seems far away, and I’m reminded of the year I taught in Finland at the University of Helsinki. Finnish students were fascinated by Southern literature, mainly because of its exoticism. Finland lacks that. But I suppose Finns were also attracted to the idea of the penetrating Southern heat that knocks you over […]

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Volume 38, Issue 2, May 2005

From the Editor: Greetings from the Ozarks, one of those borderlands that postmodern thinking has made so popular to talk about. Fayetteville is not too postmodern but it is a city where South meets Midwest, where you find a columned mansion straight out of the Old South standing next to a brick mansion straight out of Ohio. Right up the road in Bentonville is the real postmodern borderlands, however. That’s where Wal-Mart headquarters is located. Enough said. It’s hard to […]

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Volume 38, Issue 1, December 2004

From the Editor: As we’re all well aware, one of the recent critical trends involves contextualizing Southern literature internationally, particularly with eyes looking southward toward Central and South America, including the Caribbean. To my thinking, such reconfigurations have come none too soon, for they compel us to rethink notions and perspectives about Southern–and more generally, regional–literature that, in having been accepted for so long, often get taken for granted and go unquestioned. If nothing else, as scholars and readers of […]

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Volume 37, Issue 2, May 2004

From the Editor: Oh, how the South is changing. A few weeks ago I went to Milledgeville, Georgia to give a lecture on Flannery O’Connor at Georgia College and State University. During a very enjoyable weekend, I visited the O’Connor farm, Andalusia, which when O’Connor lived there was four miles outside the edge of town. That was then. Now the O’Connor farm is almost in town, at least in terms of the businesses that are making their way out the […]

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Volume 37, Issue 1, November 2003

From the Editor: Well, we did it. The Society has gone digital. I think our new system, with the Newsletter being received electronically, represents a big step forward for us, giving us much more flexibility in terms of getting information out and about and in terms of presenting ourselves to people interested in the organization. Do check out the new website and do make suggestions about what you’d like to see there (see Bill Andrews’ letter for details). We’re pretty […]

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Volume 36, Issue 1, November 2002

From the Editor: Winter looms in the Ozarks, as we send along a new issue of the Newsletter. I want first to announce that we now have two new assistant editors, Lori Bailey and Renée Farmer, both of whom are outstanding graduate students here at the University of Arkansas. As did their predecessors, Laura Lease and Melanie Simpson, Lori and Renée completed almost all of the work in putting the Newsletter together, and thus they deserve the credit for what […]

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Volume 36, Issue 2, April 2002

From the Editor: Summer is now upon us, the heat and humidity rolling in. I love it. I mean, how you could be interested in Southern literature and culture and not appreciate one of the region’s defining characteristics? Climate matters. I lived in Finland for a year. Believe me, climate matters. Jay Watson has just finished a year in Finland, and I’d bet he’d back me up on this. Right, Jay? This issue marks year two from Fayetteville, and for […]

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Past Newsletter PDF’s

Here is an archive of past newsletters in PDF format. Click on a link to download the Newsletter. Spring 2009 Fall 2008 Spring 2008 Fall2007 Spring 2007 Fall 2006 Spring 2006 Fall 2005 Spring 2005 Fall 2004 Spring 2004 Fall 2003 Spring 2003 Fall 2002  

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