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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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