Volume 50, Issue 2
Losing Purple America Issue
James A. Crank is an assistant professor of American literature and culture at the University of Alabama. Author of Understanding Sam Shepard and editor of New Approaches To Gone With The Wind, he is currently editing a collection of James Agee’s complete short fiction.
Happy winter, SSSL’ers! I know we are all busy preparing and planning for spring term, the MLA conference, and our next conference in Austin in 2018. As we turn from 2016, it’s starkly clear that our task as scholars of southern studies is going to get a whole lot trickier over the next four years.
I think it’s obvious to most of us that write about the South that our job usually means wading through some swampy waters—but now those waters have gotten wider and murkier with the election of a new President and a cabinet of officials that seem to valorize nativism, white supremacy, isolation, and xenophobia. For those of us who teach in the Deep South, these kinds of problems are familiar, but now they are going national—indeed, global. Perhaps there is no more important time for those of us who situate our work in “the South” (in all of its various iterations) to stand together and speak for and about those who routinely get left out of a discourse of nationalism, who are denied fundamental rights, whose lives are in danger of being misrepresented and distorted. One of the truths of our discipline is that southern studies has always had to negotiate the complex dissonances that arise from anxieties over authenticity, and nowhere is the work to push back against that rhetoric more important than in our classrooms.
I invite all scholars of southern studies to address the current political climate, to speak up especially about issues in which the South and southern states are used as emblems of an authentic American identity. In a recent issue of south, I argued that southern scholars need to do some critical work in owning our “dirt”; I was sure that there was not a more crucial time for our scholarship and pedagogy than 2015-2016—an era of imaginary postracialism set against the backdrop of black bodies being arrested, tortured, murdered by the State. I don’t think I could have predicted how our current historical moment might have unfolded to prove me wrong. This moment—January, 2017—is the most critical moment of my lifetime—a time in which our experience and perspective is most vital, especially to our students. To that end, I have asked Sharon Holland for permission to publish a piece I solicited from Daniel Cross Turner in November for the journal answering the question, “What Are You Reading?” As you can tell from his response below, Daniel had a pretty substantial—and prescient—answer.
Let’s keep reading, writing, talking, teaching, leading, answering, questioning, speaking—let’s let our voices continue to be the ones that talk back to those who would seek to deny, disenfranchise, oppress, and exclude our friends, neighbors, colleagues, students, and fellow citizens from being a part of our national discourse. Let’s show that this administration’s dirt is nothing new—we know this ground, that terrain, where extremism and hatred find fertile soil. Let’s show our students that we don’t grow that stuff anymore down here.
Happy new year to all. I hope that these early days of 2017 are treating you well.
While I want desperately to turn the page on 2016, my thoughts are uncharacteristically retrospective. For better or worse, I find myself returning again and again to early November, thinking all too often about Tim Kaine’s unexpected invocation of Faulkner:
I spent most of election night 2016 parked on my couch, corgi underfoot, restlessly shuttling between various cable news networks and perseveratively refreshing Nate Silver’s fivethirtyeight.com. While the outcome of the presidential election seemed assured by, say, 8 pm, I stayed tuned all night, just as I had in 2000 and 2004, red-eyed and blue, waiting for the damn thing to be called.
With ample time on my hands, I got a head start preparing my Thursday lecture on Edgar Allan Poe’s The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. As luck would have it, that class would find us pivoting to contemporary reimaginings of Poe’s novel by Toni Morrison and Mat Johnson. In making that move, I often teach my favorite piece of Poe criticism, Teresa Goddu’s “The Ghost of Race: Edgar Allan Poe and the Southern Gothic.” Midway through her searching essay, Goddu makes the following claims:
The gothic, like race, seems to become most visible in a Southern locale. Indeed, the South’s “peculiar” identity has not only been associated with its particular racial history, but it has also often been depicted in gothic terms: the South is a benighted landscape, heavy with history, and haunted by the ghosts of slavery. The South’s oppositional image—its gothic excesses and social transgressions—has served as the nation’s safety valve. As the repository for everything the nation is not, the South purges the nation of its contrary impulses. More perceived idea than social reality, the imaginary South functions as the nation’s “dark” other. By so closely associating the South with the gothic, the American literary tradition neutralizes the gothic’s threat to national identity. Once the gothic is seen merely as a Southern strategy, then its horrifying hauntings, especially those dealing with race, can be contained. It is necessary, then, not only to unveil the complex intertwinings of romance and race, but also to explore how these discourses get regionally inflected.
While I often quote Malcolm X’s provocative quip about Mississippi being “anywhere south of the Canadian border,” Goddu’s elegant articulation of southern exceptionalism felt particularly relevant on election night—a gothic evening, if there was one. It was bracing to re-read her words while watching a series of pundits come to terms with a more complicated electoral (read: imaginative) map of the United States. Suddenly, the South seemed more representative, less exceptional. I found myself wondering what happens when the “nation’s safety valve” does not function properly, when the pressure in the system overwhelms all failsafe measures. Without a purging of those “contrary impulses,” what happens to national identity? I suspect the next four years will offer answers to those vexing questions, among others.
Looking ahead, then, I am pleased to announce that the Executive Council of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature has endorsed the Modern Language Association’s “Statement on the 2016 Presidential Election.” That statement reads in full:
Throughout the campaign and in the aftermath of the presidential election in the United States, sharp political lines have been drawn that pit groups and individuals against one another on the basis of national origin, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, migration status, ability, class, and other forms of identity. The Modern Language Association reaffirms in the strongest terms possible its commitment to free inquiry and academic freedom for all, unimpeded by acts of prejudice and hate. We note especially the need to offer support to those who are the most vulnerable and condemn the unjust rhetoric that targets them. We recognize that the humanities and humanistic knowledge are now more essential than ever to help guide us in these difficult times, and we pledge to maintain the MLA as an organization open to all individuals who share our commitments.
A SSSL Executive Council member recently said to me, “Our work is more relevant—and urgent—than ever.” I couldn’t agree more. The study of the regional cultures of the United States always has an immense amount to say about race, class, and national identity. But in “these difficult times” it offers particular purchase on those issues.
In the months and years to come, I am eager to see how our collective work will respond to and take account of this brave new world. I suspect that “Donald Trump’s America” will remain a topic of interest come 2018, when we host the next Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference. Speaking of which, I am also pleased to announce that the conference will take place over President’s Day Weekend 2018 in Austin, Texas. We will have more information, including firm dates and times, in the coming weeks.
For now, best wishes for a productive 2017.
1Goddu, Teresa A. “The Ghost of Race: Edgar Allan Poe and the Southern Gothic.” Criticism and the Color Line: Desegregating American Literary Studies. Ed. Henry B. Wonham. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1996. 230-250.
Emerging Scholars Organization
Kelly Vines is a Ph.D. Student at Louisiana State University where she researches southern literature and culture with a particular focus on representations of southern economies across dramatic genres from traditional theater to reality television.
In November, the Emerging Scholars Organization (ESO) held an open business meeting at SAMLA 88 in Jacksonville, FL. We discussed new initiatives that will continue to foster the scholarship and careers of graduate students, recent PhDs, lecturers, adjunct/visiting/assistant professors, and scholars new to the field of southern studies. We are currently working on expanding the bibliographies hosted on our website, and we are also working to create a database of common professional documents emerging scholars might find useful: conference paper abstracts, dissertation prospectuses, syllabi, and other relevant documents. It is our hope that these documents will provide guidance to current and future generations of emerging scholars as they enter the profession.
We have received a robust response to our call for mentors and mentees, and we are excited to continue to facilitate mentorship opportunities. In the next few weeks, we will be publishing the second round of interviews for the Spotlight on Southernist Scholars Initiative. In these interviews, we ask scholars to describe their experiences teaching and writing in the field of southern studies, and we solicit advice for emerging scholars about how best to navigate graduate school, the job market, and academic publishing. We are extremely grateful for the advice our interviewees have offered. We are also working on a mission statement to provide our organization with a clear set of goals as we move forward. Moving into a period of constraint and contraction in institutional investment in the arts and humanities, the Emerging Scholars Organization finds itself more committed than ever to providing kind and collegial space to scholars who seek entry to our contested knowledge-field.
If you have any questions about the ESO or suggestions for new initiatives, please email the executive council at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I Am What I Am Reading
Daniel Cross Turner
Associate Professor of English: Coastal Carolina University
Email: email@example.com Phone: (518) 596-6226
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for south: a scholarly journal (2016)
The instructor said,
Go home and write
a page tonight.
And let that page come out of you—
Then, it will be true.
I wonder if it’s that simple?
~ Langston Hughes, “Theme for English B” (1951)
*Much of what I suppose we should call my “formal” (i.e., analytical / school-training / book-learning) reading history, I can trace to this superficially “simple,” brilliantly complex poem from Langston Hughes, “Theme for English B” (1951), with its seemingly deferential, devastatingly deferred opening, from the White instructor’s cute, curt, but cutting little rhymes, his simpleminded schemes, to the black student’s wondrous rejoinder (“I wonder if it’s that simple”?) that challenges the very simplicity of simplicity, that questions the wonder of what it is we are, which is as much things external as internal, which is as much scapes and actions and objects as likes and feelings and desires. For Hughes’s speaker, nothing is so black and white (or Black and White, for that matter), even as that White prof tries to make it seem so simple, under the sign of U.S. apartheid circa 1950, where and when it was deemed un-American to commix White and Black, even as Mr. Hughes’s own DNA commingled these with Indigenous American strains. I read formally the poem for the first time in high school (via South Carolina public education system) with the great Mr. Bill Pell, who had a gong suspended from one side of his classroom, in case you disagreed with a particular interpretation of a passage, and then above us on the ceiling a sign that read “EMBRYO ZONE,” for ideas that had potential, but that you couldn’t quiiiiiiiiiite prove, drawn from a student’s pondering over whether the Ebro River was really a pun on “embryo” in Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants” (1927), since the story centers on a conflict over getting an abortion, on whether to end an embryo or let it grow. Mostly, Pell was the one who got gonged. Mostly, my time ever since has been spent up in the EMBRYO ZONE, for better, worse. Mr. Pell, I don’t know whether to kiss you or kill you. But, bless you, I think. What I remember from reading formally those ostensibly simple, informal words and thoughts from the great Black Renaissance (and after) poet/writer/activist Langston Hughes, in a poem published two years before he would be hauled before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) to apologize for his socialist poems/writings/activities is this: Are we what we are reading? Though I’m white—very white, white as all, if you know me—and therefore somewhat more free (still), Hughes’s poem ever since has been a part of me, as I suppose I am a part of it in some way, adding my psychic energies to its field of meanings, as it has done the same to me, to this changing, roiling, walking, talking, thinking, feeling/unthinking energetic field of meanings that I am. I, too, like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love, and I, too, like to work, READ, learn, and understand life. Yes, I, too, like Bessie, bop, or Bach on old scratchy records in low light, and I, too, used to like a pipe for a Christmas present, but not now. My Dad wore a fedora and long smoked a pipe; after he died of lung cancer in 2011, I held fast to the former habit, shook loose the latter. I am Christian, by certain uncertain definitions of that term, so celebrate Christmas. But this doesn’t mean that I’m not like folks who celebrate other faiths. And this doesn’t mean that I do not like folks who celebrate other faiths. One point of Hughes’s wondrous wondering, wandering poem being that that page enters you, as much as it comes out of you. Just as all the pages you’ve read before have entered you and changed you, created and recreated you. It’s not so simple: the poem’s model of reading and writing break against an essentialist vision of a “true” “you.” But it seems to me more true. By the way, Langston Hughes—Black, White, Native, gay, bi, socialist, democratic, et al.—did indeed apologize before HUAC. Not that he begged forgiveness. He made apology (meaning “defense”) for his right to freedom of expression, and ours—even as he was marked Black, halved at the time into African American, therefore not fully American, therefore somewhat less free to express. He defended his poems, and his right to write them. That’s American. Not incidentally, while Hughes was born in the Midwest and is still associated most fully with his time in Harlem, one need not stretch far to account him a crucial writer of the American South, particularly in transregional, hemispheric, and global contexts (e.g., his astonishing appropriations of Black southern forms of jazz and blues; his visit to his father who deserted the family for Mexico; his travels to the Caribbean and translations of Cuban poet Nicolás Guillén; his influence on the Négritude movement). That’s southern.
I am what I am reading for what I am writing.
*Over the south-determined gestation period of the past nine months, I read three books sent me to review for scholarly journals—two done, one in still in the works:
- Review of The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music by Craig Harris. Commissioned by Steven L. Hamelman for Rock Music Studies 3:3 (2016). http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19401159.2016.1211598
- Review of Ten Years After Katrina: Critical Perspectives on the Storm’s Effect on American Culture and Identity, edited by Mary Ruth Marotte and Glenn Jellenik. Commissioned by Christina Lee for Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 30:2 (2016).
- Review of Understanding Pat Conroy by Catherine Seltzer. Commissioned by Robert West for The Mississippi Quarterly: The Journal of Southern Cultures (in progress).
*Also, I was asked by the online literary journal storySouth to interview two emerging poets about their coauthored volume of Appalachian ecopoetry that offers an engaging model of collaborative authorship unloosed from the traditional idea of the solo brooding lyric-maker recollecting in tranquility the spontaneous overflow of emotion, which emerged as the following interview: “All Flow: An Interview with Amy Wright and William Wright.” storySouth. Edited by Terry L. Kennedy. (2016).
- Wright, Amy, and William Wright. Creeks of the Upper South. Greensboro, North Carolina: Jacar Press/UnicornPress, 2016.
*I was honored to write a brief essay for the South Carolina Academy of Authors digital media in memory of historian, folklorist, and mentor Charles “Chaz” Joyner, who wrote Down by the Riverside: A South Carolina Slave Community (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1984), a field-shaping account of Gullah history, language, religion, and folkways in Georgetown County, South Carolina. I read the essays collected by historians Vernon Burton and Wink Prince in homage to their colleague and longtime friend, and put together the following piece for Chaz:
- Burton, Orville Vernon and Eldred E. Prince, Jr., editors. Becoming Southern Writers: Essays in Honor of Charles Joyner. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2016.
*I am reading the following as I am writing a scholarly monograph on undeadness in contemporary southern literature and other media (film, television, music, graphic narratives, etc.). The monograph, presently titled Regions of the Dead, elaborates and extends ideas of undeadness set forth in Undead Souths: The Gothic and Beyond in Southern Literatue and Culture (Louisiana State University Press, 2015), which I coedited with Eric Gary Anderson and Taylor Hagood.
+readings that focus on death and deathways vis-à-vis refining the definition of undeadness:
- Holland, Sharon P. Raising the Dead: Readings of Death and (Black) Subjectivity. Durham: Duke University Press, 2000.
- Lauro, Sarah Juliet. The Transatlantic Zombie: Slavery, Rebellion, and Living Death. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2015.
+readings to further attach object-oriented ontology to visions of undead ecology:
- Bennett, Jane. Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things. Durham: Duke University Press, 2010.
- Bryant, Levi R. The Democracy of Objects. Ann Arbor: Open Humanities Press, 2011.
- Morton, Timothy. Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013.
+readings to link undeadness with current studies of deep southern/trans-Caribbean/African diasporic cultures:
- Allewaert, Monique. Ariel’s Ecology: Plantations, Personhood, and Colonialism in the American Tropics. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013.
- Brown, Ras Michael. African-Atlantic Cultures and the South Carolina Lowcountry. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
- Cartwright, Keith. Sacral Grooves, Limbo Gateways: Travels in Deep Southern Time, Circum-Caribbean Space, Afro-creole Authority. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2013.
- Lowe, John Wharton. Calypso Magnolia: The Crosscurrents of Caribbean and Southern Literature. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016.
- Simmons, K. Merinda. Changing the Subject: Writing Women across the African Diaspora. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2014.
*I am reading the following as I am writing a coauthored scholarly article on William Faulkner and the representation of so-called “primitive” religious practices of enslaved African diasporic subjects in relation to Native Americans in Mississippi circa 1830s.
+current studies of Native southern studies:
- Anderson, Eric Gary. “Raising the Indigenous Undead.” The Palgrave Handbook of the Southern Gothic. Edited by Susan Castillo Street and Charles L. Crow. London: Palgrave, 2016. 323-335.
- Taylor, Melanie Benson. Reconstructing the Native South: American Indian Literature and the Lost Cause. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2012.
+Faulkner and physicality/materiality and/or psychological-somatic (dis)ability:
- Hagood, Taylor. Faulkner, Writer of Disability. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2015.
- Watson, Jay. Reading for the Body: The Recalcitrant Materiality of Southern Fiction, 1893-1985. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2012.
*I am re-reading the following as I am writing about continuing questions/challenges initiated/ignited by New Southern Studies (NSS) guru Jon Smith.
- Smith, Jon. Finding Purple America: The South and the Future of American Cultural Studies. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2013.
Weary of the unwieldiness of the “South” as a conceptual frame, Smith’s tack in Finding Purple America is to tack things down to the very local: replacing the often puffy, overblown“regional” with the micro-local, all the way down to his own backyard garden, as a more successful category for regrounding conversations and connections within and across cultural spaces. I like the idea of the micro-local, but I’m not yet ready to throw over entirely the regional dynamic, particularly as I endure daily the political, social, cultural, historical impacts of living and working within something aligned, if loosely, as the red states. There are still some connective—not tissues (let’s move past the old organic metaphor)—but circuits (undead cyborg South made to rise again) that animate something that works sometimes like a region still, despite the massive, myriad differences and diversities coursing through this broad geopolitical, multi-everything expanse of what it makes only a little sense only at times to call “the former Confederacy”, among many other things (we might also recall here sociologist Larry Griffin’s wry observation that the U.S. Civil War was for millions of southerners—namely, enslaved Black southerners—not a defeat, but a victory). Smith forces the question: how can a field defined as southern studies exist without defining southern in sufficiently rigorous terms? The case for or against exceptionalism needs to be made prima facie, it would seem, for any current southern studies projects to be meaningful. But, I would also ask, what more can and should we be doing as southernists with engagement in American studies, as Americanists with engagement in southern studies? Are there any reasonable critiques, disclaimers, riders, parameters to the exceptionalist critique? Are there any particularities—historical, cultural, (socio)linguistic, biological, ecological, etc.—that we might use to meaningfully ground, for the time being, a “South,” one of many, understood non-exceptionally, broadly, loosely, connectively, globally, etc.? Like it or not, and Smith will probably like it if you don’t like it (the opening section of the book is titled “Disrupting Everyone’s Enjoyment”), he’s going to keep pressing pressure points. Specifically, I disagree with Jon a good deal on what I see as his antipathy lodged against the “boomer” generation of critics, who, in my opinion, were, like Jon, valuable killjoys in their time too, disrupting useless enjoyments then, and driving debates away from stodgy essentialist modes. No, they maybe didn’t, as Jon charges, go “far enough”; in this case, they critiqued regional essentialism, but didn’t make the proper jump ahead to challenging exceptionalist models. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof, I’d offered as some defense. Jon and I are still in talks on this, at least the last time we talked. In the meantime, I am re-reading some of the following by “boomer”-scholars, to see just how far it is I think they went, if not too far, or not far enough—in order to press out objects of continuing critical value, for instance, in Donaldson’s use of ethnographic theory and her critique of old gothic modes, in Kreyling’s criticism of the institutional practices of southernism, in Yaeger’s focus on “dirt” as a form of objecthood or thingness, with classed, raced, and gendered implications:
- Donaldson, Susan V. “” The Mississippi Quarterly: The Journal of Southern Cultures. Special Issue: Southern Roots and Routes: Mobility and Migration. Edited by Eric Gary Anderson, Susan V. Donaldson, and Suzanne W. Jones. 65:1 (2012): 5-15.
- ———. “Making Darkness Visible: An Afterword and an Appreciation.” In Undead Souths: The Gothic and Beyond in Southern Literature and Culture. Edited by Eric Gary Anderson, Taylor Hagood, and Daniel Cross Turner. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2015. 261-265.
- Kreyling, Michael. Inventing Southern Literature. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1998.
- Yaeger, Patricia. Dirt and Desire: Reconstructing Southern Women’s Writing, 1930-1990. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000.
I am what I am reading for what I am teaching.
+to teach plantation and post-plantation literature and film:
- Crank, James A. New Approaches to Gone with the Wind. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2015.
- Greeson, Jennifer Rae. Our South: Geographic Fantasy and the Rise of National Literature. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2010.
- Hinrichsen, Lisa. Possessing the Past: Trauma, Imagination, and Memory in Post-Plantation Southern Literature. Baton Rogue: Louisiana State University Press, 2015.
- Wells, Jeremy. Romances of the White Man’s Burden: Race, Empire, and the Plantation in American Literature, 1880-1936. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2011.
+to teach an array of media around the aural turn, including southern musical strains (Dixieland jazz, Delta blues, bluegrass, hillbilly, honky tonk, rockabilly, gospel, rock-n’-roll, outlaw country, southern rock, funk, Dirty South hip hop, hickster folk, Athens scene alt, etc.) as well as Crazy Heart (2009), directed by Scott Cooper:
- Nunn, Erich. Sounding the Color Line: Music and Race in the Southern Imagination. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2015.
- Ryan, Tim A. Yoknapatawpha Blues: Faulkner’s Fiction and Southern Roots Music. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2015.
+to teach the following collection of responses to archival photographs housed in the South Caroliniana Library that interweaves documentary, creative writing, and cultural studies elements, touching on images of segregated “tent cities” in the wake of the 1886 Charleston earthquake, funerary photographs, an antebellum house party, a Freedmen’s school, and much more:
- Jones, R. Mac, and Ray McManus. Found Anew: Poetry and Prose Inspired by the South Caroliniana Library Digital Collections. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2015.
I am what I am writing.
*This my Theme for south: a scholarly journal.
Let us return to Hughes’s poem about the wondrous complexities of reading and writing, and how we are what we are reading (among other things). Did this page come out of me? Well, this page (which is not a page, really, but a digital transcription of a page) is both White and not-white. My page is colored with digital typescript, but hopefully maybe also colored, charged, changed by energies, affects, ideas of non-Whites, open to learning from others and therefore not narcissistic, not blank, not Whited-out/whited-out. And therefore this page did not solely wholly come out of me. In part at least it came from the intellectual and emotional and sensory intensities provoked, evoked during and after the experiences of reading the aforementioned texts (loosely defined, unbounded) by these various writers (under the sign of a very post-Barthesian sense, where the “author” as such is long dead, only an undead simulacrum/theoretical rest-frame, a thin ghostly outline haunting those legion pages like a watermark). In part at least this page came from all these past pages that passed through me. So I will try to pass it on, encompassing others, too.
If not simple or true, at least maybe someday someone will say that what we’ve done good with all our readings and writings. Or, to cite another fine, very different poem from another fine, very different poet on down the line, Donald Justice’s “There is a gold light in certain old paintings” (2004), perhaps when our day is done, “Our work will be seen as strong and clean and good.” And if not, then maybe they’ll just say what Marlene Dietrich as brothel-madam Tanya says at the near-end of Touch of Evil (1958) about Orson Welles as crooked-legged, crooked police captain, face-down in a murky cesspool, stone-dead: “What does it matter what you say about people?” Either way. We’re good. Either way, the world is very dusty. Let us work.
Especially as we enter Trump’s America this morning, blaring and blazing, screaming and streaming with red-trucker-hat motto, “Make America Great Again,” let us recall, perhaps, that being White doesn’t make us not like the same things other folks like who are other races, and, perhaps, that being White doesn’t make us not like other races. Let us maybe recall, too, that some of us are still somewhat more free, and that some of us are still somewhat less free. Is that American? Then let us, if you will, recall another Langston Hughes poem, “Let America Be America Again” (1936). Then, if you like, let us work to let America be America again.
ANNOUNCEMENTS & CALLS FOR PAPERS
Call for Papers:
Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha 2017
“Faulkner and Money”
July 23-27, 2017
Announcement and Call For Papers
To gain a fuller understanding of William Faulkner’s literary career and fictional oeuvre, a reader could do worse than to follow the proverbial money. Faulkner delighted in the intricate maneuverings of financial transactions, from poker wagers, horse trades, and auctions to the seismic convolutions of the New York Cotton Exchange. Moreover, whether boiling the pot with magazine stories, scraping by on advances from his publishers, flush with cash from Hollywood screenwriting labors, or basking in financial security in the wake of the Nobel Prize, Faulkner was at every moment of his personal and professional life thoroughly inscribed within the economic forces and circumstances of his era. The forty-fourth annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha conference will explore the relationship between Faulkner and “money,” construed broadly to encompass the economic dimensions of the author’s life and work. Topics could include but are by no means limited to:
–the economics of authorship and the literary marketplace;
–the role of value, specie, currency, credit, debt, barter, wages, contracts, property, the commodity, capital, finance, investment, gambling, production, consumption, circulation, distribution, and other forms of economic activity or exchange in Faulkner’s writings;
–the philosophy, psychology, or anthropology of money in Faulkner’s world;
–applications of economic theory to Faulkner’s texts (from classical political economy to the recent work of Thomas Piketty, David Graeber, Niall Ferguson, and others);
–material economics, or the economy of things;
–money and the modern state;
–the politics of economic development;
–general, restricted, gift, or symbolic economies in Faulkner;
–poverty in Yoknapatawpha and other Faulkner locales;
–Faulkner in the economic context of slavery, agrarian capitalism, consumerism, Wall Street, Prohibition, the Great Depression, the New Deal, Bretton Woods, globalization, neoliberalism, etc.
The program committee especially encourages full panel proposals for 75-minute conference sessions. Such proposals should include a one-page overview of the session topic or theme, followed by two-page abstracts for each of the panel papers to be included. We also welcome individually submitted two-page abstracts for 15-20-minute panel papers. Panel papers consist of approximately 2,500 words and will be considered by the conference program committee for possible expansion and inclusion in the conference volume published by the University Press of Mississippi.
Session proposals and panel paper abstracts must be submitted by January 31, 2017, preferably through e-mail attachment. All manuscripts, proposals, abstracts, and inquiries should be addressed to Jay Watson, Department of English, The University of Mississippi, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848. E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org. Decisions for all submissions will be made by March 15, 2017.
Call for Papers:
Visit us online at www.robertpennwarren.com The Robert Penn Warren Circle’s Annual Meeting April 20–22, 2017 Western Kentucky University & Warren Birthplace Bowling Green & Guthrie, KY
The Robert Penn Warren Circle cordially invites all scholars and graduate students to submit papers to be presented at our annual meeting. While we welcome papers addressing any facet of Warren’s work, we are especially interested this year in papers addressing authors who influenced Warren’s writing as well as Warren’s influence on other authors and artists in all fields.
Graduate students are especially invited to propose papers in consideration for the Eleanor Clark Award, which is the Circle’s annual graduate student paper award and carries a stipend of $100.
Please send abstracts to Circle Secretary Kyle Taylor at
email@example.com by March 1, 2017.
Call for Papers:
Flannery O’Connor Society
The Flannery O’Connor Society seeks proposals for an open-topic panel to be held at the 2017 meeting of the American Literature Association in Boston (May 25-28). Of special interest are presentations related to the following:
- O’Connor’s influence by and/or on other authors
- O’Connor and the arts
- O’Connor and popular culture
- The relationship between the rural and urban in O’Connor’s thought and fiction
- The treatment of gender in O’Connor’s fiction
- Teaching sensitive topics—e.g., racism, sexism, sexuality, violence—in O’Connor
- Disease and/or disability in O’Connor’s life and work
- A Prayer Journal and/or other materials from Emory University’s MARBL collection
Please send proposals (300 words) to Mark Graybill at the following email address by Friday, January 27, 2017: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for Papers:
American Literature Association Symposium
“Regionalism and Place in American Literature”
September 7-9, 2017
Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, Louisiana
American regional writing, as a literary movement, often has a limited association with a few decades during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. At times, many writers have cringed at being described as “regional,” fearing limiting or marginalizing classification. Other writers have embraced the term. However, more recent research has often argued for a renewed importance in regional scholarship or the scholarship of place and has redefined how we look at canonical definitions of regionalism and place. This symposium seeks to deepen our understanding of the importance of regionalism and place in past and present American literature by continuing to question spatial boundaries and definitions. Are regions confined to big patches of landscape or can cities and neighborhoods be regional? How do we address or define more recent regional concepts like the “Postsouthern” or “Postwestern”? What does regionalism look like in the 21st century and how does it define (or fail to define) our sense of place? What is it to publish or write “regionally”? We welcome paper proposals, panels and roundtable discussions on all aspects of regionalism and place within American literature and particularly encourage interdisciplinary papers and projects.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michael Steiner, Emeritus Professor of American Studies, California State University, Fullerton
One page proposals or panel suggestions can be sent to program director Dr. Sara Kosiba at email@example.com by May 15th, 2017.
The Carson McCullers Society invites submissions for an annual scholarly Prize for Outstanding Conference Paper, to be awarded to an essay on the life and work of Carson McCullers presented at a conference in the past year. Entries should provide evidence that the paper was presented at a regional, national, or international academic conference during the previous calendar year (January to December 2016) and that the winner is eligible for the award as an active member of the Society. See the Society’s website at https://carsonmccullerssociety.wordpress.com/ for membership information. Submissions are welcome from graduate students and all levels of scholars. Judging will be a blind process, and the award carries a $100 honorarium. Please send submissions to Carson McCullers Society President Alison Graham-Bertolini (firstname.lastname@example.org) by February 1, 2017. The winner will be announced in early March.
2017 ALSCW Dissertation Fellowship
The annual fellowship is designed to support an individual whose doctoral dissertation involves literary history and/or aesthetics by providing a three week residency at a cabin nestled on nine acres in the mountains of West Virginia. Preference is given to candidates whose dissertation is at an advanced stage. The cabin is fully equipped and has Internet service. The dates of the residency are flexible and to be determined by the fellowship recipient in consultation with the ALSCW. Applicants must submit a c.v., a chapter of their dissertation, a two page description of the entire dissertation, and three letters of recommendation. Materials should be submitted online to email@example.com with the heading ALSCW Fellowship on the subject line of the email. Additional references and an occupancy agreement may be required. All applicants must be members of the ALSCW or sponsored by a member of the ALSCW. The deadline for submission is February 15th. The recipient of the fellowship will be notified by mid-March. Membership information is available on our website (alscw.org).
SSSL Bibliography, Winter 2016
Will Murray, Bibliographer and Editorial Assistant for the SSSL Newsletter, is a PhD candidate at the University of Alabama.
African American Review
- Ibrahim, Habiba. “Any Other Age: Vampires And Oceanic Lifespans.” African American Review4 (2016): 313-327.
- Lewis, Thabiti. “How Fresh And New Is The Case Coates Makes?.” African American Review3 (2016): 192.
- Masiki, Trent. “The Satyr, The Goddess, And The Oriental Cast: Subversive Classicism In Charles W. Chesnutt’S “The Goophered Grapevine” And “Po’ Sandy”.” African American Review4 (2016): 361-383.
- Penner, Erin. “For Those “Who Could Not Bear To Look Directly At The Slaughter”: Morrison’s Home And The Novels Of Faulkner And Woolf.” African American Review4 (2016): 343-359.
- Rambsy II, Howard. “The Remarkable Reception Of Ta-Nehisi Coates.” African American Review3 (2016): 196.
- Scott, Ellen C. “Black Movement Impolitic: Soundies, Regulation, And Black Pleasure.” African American Review3 (2016): 205.
- Smith, Derik. “Ceding The Future.” African American Review3 (2016): 183.
- Williams, Dana A. “Everybody’s Protest Narrative: Between The World And Me And The Limits Of Genre.” African American Review3 (2016): 179.
American Literary History
- Baker, Houston A. , Jr.”The Black Bottom Line: Reflections on Ferguson, Black Lives Matter, and White Male Violence in America.” American Literary History, vol. 28 no. 4, 2016, pp. 845-853.
- Casteel, S. P. “Reterritorializing Caribbean Diaspora Literature.” American Literary History, vol. 28 no. 3, 2016, pp. 624-633.
- Fleming, Julius B. , Jr.”Shattering Black Flesh: Black Intellectual Writing in the Age of Ferguson.” American Literary History, vol. 28 no. 4, 2016, pp. 828-834.
- Hack, Daniel. “Contending with Tennyson: Pauline Hopkins and the Victorian Presence in African American Literature.” American Literary History, vol. 28 no. 3, 2016, pp. 484-511.
- Masterson, J. “Floods, Fortresses, and Cabin Fever: Worlding “Domeland” Security in Dave Eggers’s Zeitounand The Circle.” American Literary History, vol. 28 no. 4, 2016, pp. 721-739.
- Maxwell, William J. “Born-Again, Seen-Again James Baldwin: Post-Postracial Criticism and the Literary History of Black Lives Matter.” American Literary History, vol. 28 no. 4, 2016, pp. 812-827.
- Silverman, Gillian. “Religion and Social Transformation in Nineteenth-Century America.” American Literary History, vol. 28 no. 2, 2016, pp. 393-402.
- Sinykin, Dan. “Evening in America: Blood Meridianand the Origins and Ends of Imperial Capitalism.” American Literary History, vol. 28 no. 2, 2016, pp. 362-380.
- Williams, Dana A. “Racial Mythologies, Neoliberal Seductions, and the Fictioning of Blackness: An SOS from “Old Lem”.” American Literary History, vol. 28 no. 4, 2016, pp. 835-844.
- Young, Harvey. “Pessimism and the Age of Obama.” American Literary History, vol. 28 no. 4, 2016, pp. 854-858.
- Albanese, Mary Grace. “Uncle Tom across the Sea (and Back): Pierre Faubert and the Haitian Response to Harriet Beecher Stowe” American Literature 88(4): 755-786.
- Bolling, Ben. “On The Make: Truman Capote, Seriality, And The Performance Of Celebrity.” American Literature3 (2016): 569-595.
- Henninger, Katherine. “My Childhood Is Ruined!”: Harper Lee And Racial Innocence.” American Literature3 (2016): 597-626.
- Hochman, Barbara. “Love And Theft: Plagiarism, Blackface, And Nella Larsen’s “Sanctuary.” American Literature3 (2016): 509-540.
- Soderberg, Laura. “One More Time With Feeling: Repetition, Reparation, And The Sentimental Subject In William Wells Brown’s Rewritings Of Clotel.” American Literature2 (2016): 241-267.
- Wells, Hannah. “Jim Crow Pragmatism: Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. And The Legal Logic Of Race.” American Literature: A Journal Of Literary History, Criticism, And Bibliography2 (2016): 301-330.
- Yates-Richard, Meina. “WHAT IS YOUR MOTHER’s NAME?”: Maternal Disavowal And The Reverberating Aesthetic Of Black Women’s Pain In Black Nationalist Literature.” American Literature3 (2016): 477-507.
- Inscoe, John C. “A ‘Love Affair with the People in the Back Parts of This Country’: Elia Kazan, the New Deal, and East Tennessee on Film” Appalachian Journal3/4 (2016): 174-192.
- Pendarvis, Edwina and Berlin Fang. “Orientalism and Beyond: Chinese Imagery in Appalachian Poetry” Appalachian Journal3/4 (2016): 224-244.
- Scriptunas, Melanie. “Rebecca Harding Davis and the Politics of Postbellum Tourism in Southern Appalachia” Appalachian Journal3/4 (2016): 192-222.
ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature
- Sciuto, Jenna Grace “Postcolonial Palimpsests: Entwined Colonialisms and the Conflicted Representation of Charles Bon in William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!”, ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature,October 2016.
- McCluskey, John, Jr. “Walter Mosley, August Wilson, and Mosaics of Memory.” Callaloo, vol. 39 no. 3, 2016, pp. 695-701.
- Wardi, Anissa Janine. “August Wilson’s Bioregional Perspective.” Callaloo, vol. 39 no. 3, 2016, pp. 680-694.
Cormac McCarthy Journal
- Agner, Jacob. “Salvaging The Counselor: Watching Cormac McCarthy and Ridley Scott’s Really Trashy Movie.” The Cormac McCarthy Journal, vol. 14 no. 2, 2016, pp. 204-226.
- Elmore, Jonathan & Elmore, Rick. “Human Become Coin: Neoliberalism, Anthropology, and Human Possibilities in No Country for Old Men.” The Cormac McCarthy Journal, vol. 14 no. 2, 2016, pp. 168-185.
- Evenson, Brian. “Embodying Violence: The Case of Cormac McCarthy.” The Cormac McCarthy Journal, vol. 14 no. 2, 2016, pp. 135-148.
- Steven, Mark. “High Road to Hell: Milton, Blake, McCarthy.” The Cormac McCarthy Journal, vol. 14 no. 2, 2016, pp. 149-167.
- Wyllie, Robert. “Kierkegaard Talking Down Schopenhauer: The Sunset Limited as a Philosophical Dialogue.” The Cormac McCarthy Journal, vol. 14 no. 2, 2016, pp. 186-203.
Early American Literature
- Doty, Benjamin. J. “Satire, Minstrelsy, and Embodiment in Sheppard Lee.” Early American Literature, vol. 51 no. 1, 2016, pp. 131-156.
- Geriguis, Lora & McBride, Sam & Brotton, Melissa. “‘In th’Immensity of NatureLost!’: Vision, Nature, and the Metaphysical in the Landscape of Richard Lewis’s “A Journey from Patapsco to Annapolis”.” Early American Literature, vol. 51 no. 1, 2016, pp. 41-69.
- Reed, Peter P. “The Life and Death of Anna Gardie: American Theater, Refugee Dramas, and the Specter of Haitian Revolution.” Early American Literature, vol. 51 no. 3, 2016, pp. 623-652.
Edgar Allan Poe Review
- Correoso-Rodenas, José Manuel. “Poe’s Academic Editions in Spain within the First Fifteen Years of the Twenty-First Century.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 17 no. 2, 2016, pp. 161-177.
- Gillespie, Zane. “‘Mesmeric Revelation’: Art as Hypnosis.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 17 no. 2, 2016, pp. 142-160.
- Kelly, Sean James. “Staging Nothing: The Figure of Das Dingin Poe’s “The Raven”.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 17 no. 2, 2016, pp. 116-141.
- Nadal, Marita. “Trauma and the Uncanny in Edgar Allan Poe’s “Ligeia” and “The Fall of the House of Usher”.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 17 no. 2, 2016, pp. 178-192.
- Pollard, Derek. “The Postmodern Nineteenth Century: ‘Sonnet—To Science’ and the Case for Poe’s Avant-Garde Poetics.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 17 no. 2, 2016, pp. 105-115.
Eudora Welty Review
- Hudder, Cliff. “Race, Nature, and Decapitation in Eudora Welty’s “A Curtain of Green”.” Eudora Welty Review1 (2016): 45-67.
- Murray, William. “Learning to Listen: The Way a Society Speaks in Eudora Welty’s “Where Is the Voice Coming From?” and “The Demonstrators”.” Eudora Welty Review1 (2016): 109-122.
- Samway, Patrick., S.J. “Tracing a Literary and Epistolary Relationship: Eudora Welty and Her Editor, Robert Giroux.” Eudora Welty Review1 (2016): 69-108.
Journal of African American Studies
- Barnes, Deborah. “‘… The Furrow Of His Brow’: The Cultural Logic Of Black Lynch Mobs.” Journal Of African American Studies3/4 (2016): 272-293.
- Brooks, Michael, et al. “Is There A Problem Officer? Exploring The Lived Experience Of Black Men And Their Relationship With Law Enforcement.” Journal Of African American Studies3/4 (2016): 346-362.
Journal of American Studies
- Bruno, Tim. “Nat Turner After 9/11: Kyle Baker’s Nat Turner.” Journal Of American Studies4 (2016): 923-951.
- Mckee, Kathryn & Dellinger, Kirsten & Trefzer, Annette & Jackson, Jeffrey T. “The Catfish Industry And Spatial Justice In The Mississippi Delta: Steve Yarbrough’s The Oxygen Man.” Journal Of American Studies4 (2016): 853.
- Sorensen, Leif. “Region and Ethnicity on the Air.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S., vol. 41 no. 2, 2016, pp. 7-26.
- Carter, Catherine. “The God In The Snake, The Devil In The Phallus: Biblical Revision And Radical Conservatism In Hurston’s “Sweat.” Mississippi Quarterly4 (2014): 605-620.
- Cunningham, Will. “I Won’t Stay In This Dead Country”: The Gilded Age And The Problem Of Geography.” Mississippi Quarterly4 (2014): 535-558.
- Flowe, Douglas J. “Folklore, Urban Insurrection, And The Killing Of The Black Hero In The Turn Of The Century South.” Mississippi Quarterly4 (2014): 581-603.
- Hall, Joan Wylie. “Barry Hannah’s Bright Keyboard: A Reprise.” Mississippi Quarterly4 (2014): 633-639.
- Rauterkus, Melissa Asher. “The National Body Divided: America, Italy, And Mark Twain’s Literary Caesarian Operation In Pudd’nhead Wilson.” Mississippi Quarterly4 (2014): 515-533.
- Wedehase, Erin Houlihan. “As Others See Us: Dismantling Stereotypes Of Appalachian Class Systems In Sarah Barnwell Elliott’s The Durket Sperret.” Mississippi Quarterly4 (2014): 559-580.
Modern Fiction Studies
- Johns-Putra, Adeline. “‘My Job Is to Take Care of You’: Climate Change, Humanity, and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.” MFS Modern Fiction Studies, vol. 62 no. 3, 2016, pp. 519-540.
- Cameron, Ed. “Harmony Korine’s “Break from Reality”: Spring Breakers as Candy-Coloured Neon Noir.” Mosaic, an interdisciplinary critical journal, vol. 49 no. 4, 2016, pp. 89-105.
- Visser, Irene. “What Counts: Social Drama and Connectedness in Flannery O’Connor’s “The River” and “Revelation”.” Mosaic, an interdisciplinary critical journal, vol. 49 no. 3, 2016, pp. 143-158.
- Walerstein, Rachel. “Recomposing the Self: Joyful Shame in Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina.” Mosaic, an interdisciplinary critical journal, vol. 49 no. 4, 2016, pp. 169-183.
South: A Scholarly Journal
- Bibler, Michael P. “Water Skis And Dirty Back Roads.” South: A Scholarly Journal1 (2015): 5-15.
- Crank, James A. “Down N’ Dirty.” South: A Scholarly Journal2 (2016): 157-169.
- Engelhardt, Elizabeth S. D. “Riding Deep Waters.” South: A Scholarly Journal1 (2015): 16-21.
- Giemza, Bryan. “Concerning Our Dirty Little Imperium, The Archive, And Southern Deeps.” South: A Scholarly Journal1 (2015): 22-43.
- Goad, Jill. “Throwaway Bodies In The Poetry Of Natasha Trethewey.” South: A Scholarly Journal2 (2016): 265-282.
- Haddox, Thomas F. “Between History And Aesthetics.” South: A Scholarly Journal2 (2016): 192-211.
- Hutchison, Coleman. “In The Land Where We Were Dreaming.” South: A Scholarly Journal1 (2015): 44-51.
- Johnson, Sara E. “Never Put Your Feet Where Your Eyes Cain’t See.” South: A Scholarly Journal1 (2015): 52-62.
- King, Amy K. “Circling Back And Expanding Beyond.” South: A Scholarly Journal2 (2016): 212-224.
- Lloyd, Christopher. “Creaturely, Throwaway Life After Katrina.” South: A Scholarly Journal2 (2016): 246-264.
- Roberts, Jess. “Teaching Patsy Yaeger.” South: A Scholarly Journal2 (2016): 184-191.
- Rountree, Stephanie “Visible, Unfamiliar, Remarkable.” South: A Scholarly Journal2 (2016): 225-245.
- Salvaggio, Ruth. “Long And Wide And Deep.” South: A Scholarly Journal1 (2015): 63-67.
- Taylor, Melanie Benson. “In Deep.” South: A Scholarly Journal1 (2015): 68-73.
- White, Sophie. “Deep/South, Up/West.” South: A Scholarly Journal1 (2015): 74-77.
- Wu, Cynthia. “Distanced From Dirt.” South: A Scholarly Journal2 (2016): 170-183.
South Atlantic Review
- Clark, Jim. “Visionary Souths: The Regional Writer as Chimera.” South Atlantic Review, (2016): 1-10
South Carolina Review
- Fine, Laura. “‘Make Them Know’: Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage The Bones.” South Carolina Review1 (2016): 48.
- Graves, Jesse. “Waltzing Through The Mysterium: The Evolving Role Of Music In The Poetry Of David Bottoms.” South Carolina Review1 (2016): 74.
- Gretlund, Jan Nordby. “Fathers In The ‘Mindfield’: A Conversation With Clyde Edgerton In Wilmington, N.C., October 9, 2014.” South Carolina Review1 (2016): 60.
- Blevins, Brooks. “Where Everything New Is Old Again: Southern Gospel Singing Schools.” Southern Cultures, vol. 22 no. 4, 2016, pp. 135-149.
- Cobb, James. C. “What Kind of Cobb Are You?: Class, Wealth, and Power in the Real and Remembered South.” Southern Cultures, vol. 22 no. 4, 2016, pp. 111-134.
- Mellette, Justin. “‘One of Us’: Monique Truong’s Bitter in the Mouthand the Twenty-First-Century Southern Novel.” Southern Cultures, vol. 22 no. 3, 2016, pp. 123-134.
- Moran, John. ““Queer Rednecks”: Padgett Powell’s Manly South.” Southern Cultures, vol. 22 no. 3, 2016, pp. 95-122.
- Parr, Leslie Gale. “Sundays in the Streets: The Long History of Benevolence, Self-Help, and Parades in New Orleans.” Southern Cultures, vol. 22 no. 4, 2016, pp. 8-30.
- Reston, James, Jr.”Clark and Pritchett: A Comparison of Two Notorious Southern Lawmen.” Southern Cultures, vol. 22 no. 4, 2016, pp. 50-62.
- Schoonmaker, Trevor. & Waddell, Stacy Lynn & Whetstone, Jeff. ““The Necessity of a Show Like This”: Southern Accentin Conversation.” Southern Cultures, vol. 22 no. 4, 2016, pp. 63-83.
- Vernon, Zachery. “Romanticizing the Rough South: Contemporary Cultural Nakedness and the Rise of Grit Lit.” Southern Cultures, vol. 22 no. 3, 2016, pp. 77-94.
- Vos, Jaycie. & Ramirez, Maria Silva & Villa-Torres, Laura & Gill, Hannah E. “New Roots/Nuevas Raíces: Stories from Carolina del Norte.” Southern Cultures, vol. 22 no. 4, 2016, pp. 31-49.
- Wilson, Charles Reagan. “Whose South?: Lessons Learned from Studying the South at the University of Mississippi.” Southern Cultures, vol. 22 no. 4, 2016, pp. 96-110.
- Bland, Richard L. “Traugott Bromme And “The State Of Mississippi.” Southern Quarterly2 (2016): 16-25.
- De Góes Jr., Plínio. “The Other Confederates: Brother Mug, Activist Carmelite, And Federalist Revolt In Nineteenth Century Brazil.” Southern Quarterly2 (2016): 150-163.
- Flannery, Michael A. ““Frauds,” “Filth Parties,” “Yeast Fads,” and “Black Boxes”: Pellagra and Southern Pride, 1906-2003.” The Southern Quarterly, vol. 53 no. 3, 2016, pp. 114-140.
- Humphreys, Margaret. “This Place of Death: Environment as Weapon in the American Civil War.” The Southern Quarterly, vol. 53 no. 3, 2016, pp. 12-36.
- Kenny, Stephen C. “Medical Racism’s Poison Pen: The Toxic World of Dr. Henry Ramsay (1821-1856).” The Southern Quarterly, vol. 53 no. 3, 2016, pp. 70-96.
- Long, Gretchen. “Conjuring a Cure: Folk Healing and Modern Medicine in Charles Chesnutt’s Fiction.” The Southern Quarterly, vol. 53 no. 3, 2016, pp. 97-113.
- Middleton, Billy. “Two-Headed Medicine: Hoodoo Workers, Conjure Doctors, and Zora Neale Hurston.” The Southern Quarterly, vol. 53 no. 3, 2016, pp. 156-175.
- Nuwer, Deanne Stephens. ““I’ll be blamed ef I hanker after making my bowels a brick-yard”: Dirt Eating in the Antebellum and Early Modern South.” The Southern Quarterly, vol. 53 no. 3, 2016, pp. 141-155.
- Schwartz, Marie Jenkins. “Ill and Injured Children on Antebellum Slave Plantations: A Dangerous Childhood.” The Southern Quarterly, vol. 53 no. 3, 2016, pp. 56-69.
- Wall, Barbra Mann & Rogers, Kathleen & Kutney-Lee, Ann. “The North vs. the South: Conditions at Civil War Hospitals.” The Southern Quarterly, vol. 53 no. 3, 2016
- Zheng, Jianqing. “Black Comfort: A Brief History of African American Hospitals and Clinics in the Mississippi Delta in the Early Modern South.” The Southern Quarterly, vol. 53 no. 3, 2016, pp. 176-189.
- Conis, Elena. “DDT Disbelievers: Health and the New Economic Poisons in Georgia after World War II.” Southern Spaces. 28 October 2016.
- Frederickson, Mary E. “Public Health in the US and Global South.” Southern Spaces. 28 October 2016.
- Romine, Scott & Greeson, Jennifer Rea. “Keywords for Southern Studies: An Introduction.” Southern Spaces 27 July 2016.
Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South
- Carroll, Carolyn A. “The Integration Of Sam Houston State Teachers College.” Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal Of The South1 (2016): 80-94.
- Ellis, Reginald K. “James Edward Shepard And The Politics Of Black Education, 1933-1947.” Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal Of The South1 (2016): 53-79.
- Newby-Alexander, Cassandra. “Vivian Carter Mason: Securing Civil Rights In Norfolk, Virginia, 1943-1982.” Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal Of The South1 (2016): 29-52.
Study the South
- Gordon, Phillip. “The Delta and Yoknapatawpha: The Layering of Geography and Myth in the Works of William Faulkner.” Study the South. 28 November 2016.
Cambridge Scholars Press
- Mills, Fiona, editor. Like One Of The Family : Domestic Workers, Race, And In/Visibility In The Help. n.p.: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK : Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016
- Wood, Daniel Davis. Frontier Justice In The Novels Of James Femimore Cooper And Cormac Mccarthy. n.p.: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK : Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016.
Cambridge University Press
- Duane, Anna Mae, editor. Child Slavery before and after Emancipation: An Argument for Child-Centered Slavery Studies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.
- Johnson, Rashauna. Slavery’s Metropolis: Unfree Labor in New Orleans during the Age of Revolutions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.
- Neagle, Michael E. America’s Forgotten Colony: Cuba’s Isle of Pines. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.
- Okie, William Thomas. The Georgia Peach: Culture, Agriculture, and Environment in the American South. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2016.
- Tawil, Ezra, editor. The Cambridge Companion to Slavery in American Literature:. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.
Chicago University Press
- Malczewski, Joan. Building a New Educational State: Foundations, Schools, and the American South. Chicago: Chicago UP, 2016.
- Roberts, Brian. Blackface Nation Race, Reform, and Identity in American Popular Music, 1812-1925. Chicago: Chicago UP, 2017.
- Schwartz, Marie Jenkins. Ties That Bound: Founding First Ladies and Slaves. Chicago: Chicago UP, 2017.
Duke University Press
- David L. Chappell. Waking from the Dream: The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King, Jr. Durham, Duke UP, 2017.
- Garcia, David F. Listening for Africa: Freedom, Modernity, and the Logic of Black Music’s African Origins. Durham, Duke UP, 2017.
Louisiana State University Press
- Aisèrithe, A J & Donald Yacovone, eds. Wendell Phillips, Social Justice, and the Power of the Past. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2016. Print.
- Astor, Aaron. Rebels on the Border: Civil War, Emancipation, and the Reconstruction of Kentucky and Missouri. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2017.
- Clinton, Catherine. Stepdaughters of History: Southern Women and the American Civil War. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2016.
- Costello, Brian J. Carnival in Louisiana: Celebrating Mardi Gras from the French Quarter to the Red River. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2017.
- Dedek, Peter B. The Cemeteries of New Orleans: A Cultural History. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2017.
- Emberton, Carole, Bruce E. Baker, eds. Remembering Reconstruction: Struggles over the Meaning of America’s Most Turbulent Era. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2017.
- Fitzgerald, Michael W. Reconstruction in Alabama: From Civil War to Redemption in the Cotton South. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2017.
- Fullerton, Dan C. Armies in Gray: The Organizational History of the Confederate States Army in the Civil War. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2017.
- Gaitely, Patricia M. Robicheaux’s Roots: Culture and Tradition in James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux Novels. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2016.
- Hettle, Wallace. The Confederate Homefront: A History in Documents. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2017.
- Johansson, M. Jane, editor. Albert C. Ellithorpe, the First Indian Home Guards, and the Civil War on the Trans-Mississippi Frontier. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2016.
- Miller, Monica Carol. Being Ugly: Southern Women Writers and Social Rebellion. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2017.
- Nelson, Stanley. Devils Walking: Klan Murders along the Mississippi in the 1960s. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2016.
- Paulus, Carl Lawrence. The Slaveholding Crisis: Fear of Insurrection and the Coming of the Civil War. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2016.
- Pierson, Michael D. Lt. Spalding in Civil War Louisiana: A Union Officer’s Humor, Privilege, and Ambition. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2016.
- Reese, Sam V. H. The Short Story in Midcentury America: Countercultural Form in the Work of Bowles, McCarthy, Welty, and Williams. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2017.
- Reynolds, LeeAnn G. Maintaining Segregation: Children and Racial Instruction in the South, 1920-1955. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2017.
- Sanders, Charles W. While in the Hands of the Enemy: Military Prisons of the Civil War. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2017.
- Sodergren, Steven E. The Army of the Potomac in the Overland and Petersburg Campaigns: Union Soldiers and Trench Warfare, 1864-1865. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2017.
- Trent, Hank. The Secret Life of Bacon Tait, a White Slave Trader Married to a Free Woman of Color. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2017.
- Besch, Edwin W. S. Colored Troops Defeat Confederate Cavalry: Action at Wilson’s Wharf, Virginia, 24 May 1864. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2016.
- Kastenberg, Joshua E. A Confederate in Congress: The Civil War Treason Trial of Benjamin Gwinn Harris. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2016.
- Lande, R. Gregory. Psychological Consequences of the American Civil War. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2016.
- Ward, Harry M. Bunco Artists in Richmond, 1870–1920: Sharpers, Snatchers, Swindlers, Flimflammers and Other Con Men. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2016.
Ohio State University Press
- David, Marlo O. Mama’s Gun: Black Maternal Figures And The Politics Of Transgression. Columbus, OH: Ohio State UP, 2015.
Ohio University Press
- Taylor, Nikki M. Driven toward Madness: The Fugitive Slave Margaret Garner and Tragedy on the Ohio. Athens, OH: Ohio UP, 2015.
Oxford University Press
- Bergin, Cathy. African American Anti-Colonial Thought, 1917-1937. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2016.
- Brophy, Alfred L. University, Court, and Slave: Pro-Slavery Thought in Southern Colleges and Courts and the Coming of Civil War. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2016.
- Fought, Leigh. Women in the World of Frederick Douglass. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2017.
- Gleeson-White, Sarah, editor. William Faulkner at Twentieth Century-Fox: The Annotated Screenplays. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2017.
- Henninger, Katherine. “Southern Religion’s Sexual Charge and the National Imagination.” Oxford Handbook of Southern Literature. Fred Hobson and Barbara Ladd, eds. New York: Oxford UP, 2016: 379-398.
- Jackson, Robert. Fade In, Crossroads: A History of the Southern Cinema. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2017.
- Parham, Angel Adams. American Routes: Racial Palimpsests and the Transformation of Race. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2017.
- Rosenberg, Rosalind. Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2017.
- Stimeling, Travis D. The Oxford Handbook of Country Music. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2017.
- Ward, Thomas J. Out in the Rural: A Mississippi Health Center and Its War on Poverty. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2016.
Princeton University Press
- Parrish, Susan Scott. The Flood Year 1927: A Cultural History. Princeton, NJ. Princeton University Press. 2016.
- Graham-Bertolini, Alison and Casey Kayser, editors. Carson McCullers in the Twenty-First Century. New York: Palgrave MacMillan. 2016.
University of Alabama Press
- Bush, Harold K. Continuing Bonds With The Dead : Parental Grief And Nineteenth-Century American Authors. n.p.: Tuscaloosa : The University of Alabama Press, 2016.
- Kiskis, Michael J., Laura Skandera Trombley, and Gary Scharnhorst. Mark Twain At Home : How Family Shaped Twain’s Fiction. Tuscaloosa, Alabama : The University of Alabama Press. 2016.
University of California Press
- Simmons, Lizbet. The Prison School Educational Inequality And School Discipline In The Age Of Mass Incarceration. Oakland, California: University of California Press, 2016.
University of Georgia Press
- Ashmore, Susan Youngblood & Lisa Lindquist Dorr, editors. Alabama Women: Their Lives and Times. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 2017.
- Ball, Erica L. & Kellie Carter Jackson, editors. Reconsidering Roots: Race, Politics, and Memory. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 2017.
- Berry, Stephen & Angela Esco Elder, editors. Practical strangers: The Courtship Correspondence of Nathanial Dawson and Elodie Todd, Sister of Mary Todd Lincoln. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 2017.
- Burke, W. Lewis. All For Civil Rights: Black Lawyers in South Carolina, 1868–1968. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 2017.
- Coffey, Michele Grigsby and Jodi Skipper, editors. Navigating Souths: Transdisciplinary Explorations of a U.S. Region. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 2017.
- Cutter, Martha J. The Illustrated Slave: Empathy, Graphic Narrative, and the Visual Culture of the Transatlantic Abolition Movement, 1800–1852. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 2017.
- Fede, Andrew T. Homicide Justified: The Legality of Killing Slaves in the United States and the Atlantic World. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 2017.
- Geltner, Ted. Blood, Bone, and Marrow: A Biography of Harry Crews. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 2017.
- Kennington, Kelly M. In The Shadow Of Dred Scott: St. Louis Freedom Suits and the Legal Culture of Slavery in Antebellum America. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 2017.
- Lewis, Kay Wright. A Curse Upon the Nation: Race, Freedom, and Extermination in America and the Atlantic World. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 2017.
- Morrissette, Noelle, editor. New Perspectives on James Weldon Johnson’s The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 2017.
- Ortlepp, Anke. Jim Crow Terminals: The Desegregation of American Airports. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 2017.
- Romine, Scott and Jennifer Rae Greeson, editors. Keywords for Southern Studies. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 2016.
- Solomon, Stefan. William Faulkner in Hollywood: Screenwriting for the Studios. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 2017.
- Sullivan, Buddy & Benjamin Galland. Sapelo: People and Place on a Georgia Sea Island. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 2017.
- Szczesiul, Anthony. The Southern Hospitality Myth: Ethics, Politics, Race, and American Memory. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 2017.
- Woods, Clyde. Development Drowned and Reborn. The Blues and Bourbon Restorations in Post-Katrina New Orleans. Edited by Jordan T. Camp and Laura Pulido. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 2017.
- Wyatt, Jean. Love and Narrative Form in Toni Morrison’s Later Novels. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 2017.
University of Illinois Press
- Blevins, Brooks. Ghost of the Ozarks: Murder and Memory in the Upland South. Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2017.
- Fojas, Camilla. Zombies, Migrants, and Queers: Race and Crisis Capitalism in Pop Culture. . Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2017.
- Guzmán, Will. Civil Rights in the Texas Borderlands: Lawrence A. Nixon and Black Activism. Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2016. Print.
- Hamilton, Kenneth M. Booker T. Washington in American Memory. Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2017.
- Lindsey, Treva B. Colored No More: Reinventing Black Womanhood in Washington. Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2017.
University of North Carolina Press
- Bingham, Shawn Chandler & Lindsey A. Freeman, editors. The Bohemian South Creating Countercultures, from Poe to Punk. Chapel Hill: U North Carolina P, 2017.
- Busch, Andrew M. City in a Garden: Environmental Transformations and Racial Justice in Twentieth-Century Austin, Texas. Chapel Hill: U North Carolina P, 2017.
- Cooper, Christopher Alan & H. Gibbs Knotts. The Resilience of Southern Identity Why the South Still Matters in the Minds of Its People. Chapel Hill: U North Carolina P, 2017.
- Cooper, Melissa L. Making Gullah: A History of Sapelo Islanders, Race, and the American Imagination. Chapel Hill: U North Carolina P, 2017.
- Denson, Andrew. Monuments to Absence: Cherokee Removal and the Contest over Southern Memory. Chapel Hill: U North Carolina P, 2017.
- Dworkin, Ira. Congo Love Song: African American Culture and the Crisis of the Colonial State. Chapel Hill: U North Carolina P, 2017.
- Eagles, Charles W. Civil Rights, Culture Wars: The Fight over a Mississippi Textbook. Chapel Hill: U North Carolina P, 2017.
- Gaines, Alisha. Black for a Day: White Fantasies of Race and Empathy. Chapel Hill: U North Carolina P, 2017.
- Giesberg, Judith. Sex and the Civil War: Soldiers, Pornography, and the Making of American Morality. Chapel Hill: U North Carolina P, 2017.
- Lindsay, Lisa A. Atlantic Bonds: A Nineteenth-Century Odyssey from America to Africa. Chapel Hill: U North Carolina P, 2017.
- Lindsay, Lisa A. Atlantic Bonds: A Nineteenth-Century Odyssey from America to Africa. Chapel Hill: U North Carolina P, 2017
- Ritterhouse, Jennifer. Discovering the South: One Man’s Travels through a Changing America in the 1930s. Chapel Hill: U North Carolina P, 2017.
- Rogoff, Leonard. Gertrude Weil: Jewish Progressive in the New South. Chapel Hill: U North Carolina P, 2017.
- Stern, Jessica Yirush. The Lives in Objects: Native Americans, British Colonists, and Cultures of Labor and Exchange in the Southeast. Chapel Hill: U North Carolina P, 2017.
- White, Jonathan W. Midnight in America: Darkness, Sleep, and Dreams during the Civil War. Chapel Hill: U North Carolina P, 2017.
University of South Carolina Press
- Ballantyne, David T. New Politics in the Old South: Ernest F. Hollings in the Civil Rights Era. Columbia, S.C: University of South Carolina Press. 2016.
- Dennis, Jeff W. Patriots and Indians: Shaping Identity in Eighteenth-Century South Carolina. Columbia, S.C: University of South Carolina Press. 2017.
- Emerson, W. Eric & Karen Stokes, editors. Days of Destruction: Augustine Thomas Smythe and the Civil War Siege of Charleston. Columbia, S.C: University of South Carolina Press. 2017.
- Hagstette, Todd, editor. Reading William Gilmore Simms Essays of Introduction to the Author’s Canon. Columbia, S.C: University of South Carolina Press. 2017.
- Lare, Marvin Ira. Champions of Civil Civil Rights | South Carolina and Human Rights in South Carolina Volume 1: Dawn of the Movement Era, 1955–1967. Columbia, S.C: University of South Carolina Press. 2016.
- Lewis, Kenneth E. The Carolina South Carolina Backcountry Venture: Tradition, Capital, and Circumstance in the Development of Camden. Columbia, S.C: University of South Carolina Press. 2017.
- Moore, Geneva Cobb. Maternal Metaphors of Power in African American Women’s Literature: From Phillis Wheatley to Toni Morrison. Columbia, S.C: University of South Carolina Press. 2017.
- Morris, J. Brent. Yes, Lord, I Know the Road A Documentary History of African Americans in South Carolina, 1526–2008. Columbia, S.C: University of South Carolina Press. 2016.
University Press of Mississippi
- Abbott, Lynn & Doug Seroff. The Original Blues: The Emergence of the Blues in African American Vaudeville. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2017.
- Bernard, Shane K. Teche A History of Louisiana’s Most Famous Bayou. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2017.
- Brasseaux, Carl A. Ain’t There No More Louisiana’s Disappearing Coastal Plain. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2017.
- Claxton, Mae Miller and Rain Newcomb, editors. Conversations with Ron Rash. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2017.
- Copperman, Michael. Teacher: Two Years in the Mississippi Delta. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2017.
- Corrigan, Lisa M. Prison Power How Prison Influenced the Movement for Black Liberation. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2016.
- Daggett, Melissa. Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans The Life and Times of Henry Louis Rey. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2017.
- Kemp, John R. Expressions of Place The Contemporary Louisiana Landscape. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2017.
- Peterson, Jason A. Full Court Press Mississippi State University, the Press, and the Battle to Integrate College Basketball. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2016.
- Soileau, Jeanne Pitre. Yo’ Mama, Mary Mack, and Boudreaux and Thibodeaux Louisiana Children’s Folklore and Play. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2017.
- Stokes, Ashli Quesinberry & Wendy Atkins-Sayre. Consuming Identity: The Role of Food in Redefining the South. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2016.
- Strahan, Jerry E. Lucky Dogs From Bourbon Street to Beijing and Beyond. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2017.
- Watson, Jay & James G. Thomas, Jr., editors. Faulkner and History. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2017.
- Wojcik, Daniel. Outsider Art: Visionary Worlds and Trauma. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2017.
University of Tennessee Press
- Bagby, George F. Hollis F. Price: Uncommon Man, Educator, Leader. Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press, 2017.
- Hébert, Keith. The Long Civil War in the North Georgia Mountains: Confederate Nationalism, Sectionalism, and White Supremacy in Bartow County, Georgia. Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press, 2017.
- Pethel, Mary Ellen. Athens of the New South: College Life and the Making of Modern Nashville. Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press, 2017.
- Sanford, Otis. From Boss Crump to King Willie How Race Changed Memphis Politics. . Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press, 2017.
- Smith, Timothy B. Altogether Fitting and Proper Civil War Battlefield Preservation in History, Memory, and Policy, 1861–2015. Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press, 2017.
University of Virginia Press
- Apprey, Maurice & Shelli M. Poe, editors. The Key to the Door: Experiences of Early African American Students at the University of Virginia. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2017.
- Bayliss, Mary Lynn. The Dooleys of Richmond: An Irish Immigrant Family in the Old and New South. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2017.
- Billings, Warren M. & Brent Tarter, editors.“Esteemed Bookes of Lawe” and the Legal Culture of Early Virginia. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2017.
- Brooks, Clayton McClure. The Uplift Generation: Cooperation across the Color Line in Early Twentieth-Century Virginia. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2017.
- Ellis, Clifton and Rebecca Ginsburg, editors. Slavery in the City: Architecture and Landscapes of Urban Slavery in North America. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2017.
- Valsania, Maurizio.Jefferson’s Body: A Corporeal Biography. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2017.
- Ward, Candace. Crossing the Line: Early Creole Novels and Anglophone Caribbean Culture in the Age of Emancipation. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2017.