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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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