Volume 53, Issue 1
June 2019
Possibilities Issue

Thinking Creatively and Acting Reflexively

By: Amy King

In this issue of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature’s newsletter, contributors highlight some features of the upcoming biennial conference, which will take place 2-5 April 2020 in Fayetteville, AR. Here at the beginning of the summer months, this newsletter is meant to spark our imaginations so members can start planning conversations relevant to the conference theme, “Beyond Borders, Bars, and Binaries: Rethinking ‘South’ in an Age of Crisis.” 

In our President’s column below, readers will find more information about invited speakers and sessions, as well as some important background about mini-seminars new to the 2020 conference. The conference organizers and mini-seminar leaders are hoping to engage participants in a variety of formats, so stay tuned for more information about these mini-seminars this fall via the SSSL listserv. 

An important part of widening conversations during and beyond the conference is ensuring that people from various backgrounds and experiences can access individual session CFPs. How might we invite scholars-teachers-artists-practitioners-activists to the table? Moreover, how might we intentionally create conversations and collaborations beyondthe status quo of U.S. southern literary studies? To ensure wider access, as detailed in the 2020 conference’s CFP, the conference organizers require all sessions to advertise their CFPs on the SSSL websiteand Facebook page. Members might also think creatively about reaching out to scholars-teachers-artists-practitioners-activists local to the conference, as well as advertising sessions via discipline-adjacent listervs and websites. 

While our newsletter contributors encourage Society members to think beyond traditional ways of participating in the biennial SSSL conference, they also urge members to be self-reflexive. Read ahead to see one example of reflexivity already underway via a collaborative roundtable organized by SSSL’s Emerging Scholars Association (ESO) and Medieval and Renaissance Interdisciplinary Studies at Louisiana State University(MARIS). The organizers of this session invite all interested Society members to join their conversation at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association’s annual meeting this November to discuss race and racism in southern and medieval studies. 

The SSSL conference CFP and contributors to this newsletter encourage us to actively think beyond traditional panel presentations, to ask ourselves hard questions, be uncomfortable, and—ultimately—to learn and change. As readers move through this newsletter, my hope is that you see possibilities not only for yourself but also for the larger field. 

President’s Column

By: Lisa Hinrichsen

Dear colleagues,

This issue of the newsletter anticipates our biennial meeting, which will be in Fayetteville, AR from April 2-5, 2020. You can find the CFP here. Please circulate this call to your colleagues, especially those who may not think of themselves as “southernists,” and to your students, who are eligible for SSSL’s generous graduate travel awards.  

As our focus on “Borders, Bars, and Binaries” makes clear, our conference this year will respond to the political anxieties of our present moment, while also positioning these tensions and biases within the long scope of regional, national, and transnational histories and narratives that exceed and inform our current realities. We will begin on Thursday, April 2 with what I hope will be an ongoing feature of our biennial meetings: a set of mini-seminars on topics that anticipate and extend our conference themes. These seminars will be “Ecological Souths” (Amy Clukey and Jonathan Villalobos); “Southern Horrors: Afrosouthernfuturism and the Black Speculative Arts” (Joanna Davis-McElligatt, Constance Bailey, and Mikal Gaines); “Inside Voices: Power and Pedagogy in Prison Classrooms“ (Jennie Lightweis-Goff); “Trans 101” (Brody Craig Parrish and the members of InTRANSitive); and “Among, Apart, Between: Multiethnic Souths” (Frank Cha). Each seminarwill be limited to 15 participants, and participants will apply by sending a paragraph describing how this seminarwill be of benefit to their personal and/or professional goals. In selecting participants, seminarleaders will strive for a diversity of different institutions, academic ranks, and intellectual backgrounds. Graduate students, non-tenure track faculty, and contingent/independent scholars are strongly encouraged to apply. There is no additional conference fee for seminarparticipation. 

Theseminars will take different formats depending on the instructor: in some, participants might write brief position papers that are circulated and read prior to the conference; others might focus on working through a set of pre-circulated readings for discussion. The format, pre-conference deadlines, and readings will be made clear in the seminaroverviews circulated prior to the opening of conference registration (December 1, 2019). Regardless of the form, the goal of each seminaris to generate productive, collegial discussion, and to facilitate future collaborations. 

The rest of the conference will be just as dynamic and productive.Confirmed speakers include Geffrey Davis, acclaimed poet and creative director of the The Prison Story Project and Lisa Corrigan, author of Prison Power: How Prison Influenced the Movement for Black Liberation (UP Mississippi 2016) and the forthcoming Black FeelingsRace and Affect in the Long Sixties(UP Mississippi, 2020). Lisa also co-runs the very popular Lean Back: Critical Feminist Conversations podcast, which you can find on iTunes and elsewhere. Kathy McGregor, director of The Prison Story Project, and prison educators and scholars Patrick Alexander and Katie Owens-Murphy will speak about their work in prison education. Our literary magazine, The Arkansas International,will overlap their spring release with our conference, and Joseph Fruscione, co-editor of Succeeding Outside the Academy (Kansas, 2018) and series editor of the new “Rethinking Careers, Rethinking Academia” series at the University of Kansas Press, will host a Skype session on alt-ac pathways. And, finally, we have just confirmed that Joy Harjo will give a reading.

We are still working on a few more details and additional speakers, but I’m very happy with the progress we have made so far, and I’m grateful for a stellar program committeeof Julie Armstrong, Joanna Davis-McElligatt, Bob Jackson, Casey Kayser, Elizabeth Gardner, Kristin Teston, Amber Hodge, and Amy Clukey. 

Finally, I want to mention a very important change to our leadership structure. As many of you know, Katie McKee has accepted the role of Director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. As she transitions into that new position this summer, she will be stepping down from serving as SSSL’s secretary-treasurer, a role that she has had for the last 10 years. Katie has been fundamental to the continuity of SSSL in ways that exceed the mere balancing of budgets: she has provided important institutional memory, guidance, and vision to our organization. She has been an invaluable mentor to many of us, and I look forward to recognizing her service in Fayetteville. Thank you, Katie, and congratulations on your directorship.

I look forward to seeing you all in Fayetteville in April!

Emerging Scholars Organization Update

“Elephants in the Room” Partnering Southern and Medieval Studies at SAMLA 2019

By Joshua Ryan Jackson, Gayle Fallon, and Kelly Vines

TheEmerging Scholars Organization (ESO) and Medieval and Renaissance Interdisciplinary Studies at Louisiana State University (MARIS) are partnering for the South Atlantic Modern Language Association’s annual conference, which will be held at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta from November 15-17. 

Both organizations invite scholars to submit proposals by June 12th and attend their roundtable, “Elephants in the Room,” to discuss race and racism in southern and medieval studies.

ESO and MARIS explain that they are partnering for many reasons. One of those is precedent. For some time, but increasingly of late, scholars of medieval and U. S. southern literatures have had formal and informal conversations about how narrative and nostalgia define their disciplines, both inside and outside the classroom. They are particularly concerned with how dangerous unexamined narratives and unnecessary nostalgia for our public histories have become. While southernists have been harassed by white supremacists on Facebook, more than one medievalist of color who studies race in the Middle Ages has become a recent public target for white nationalist hate speech. These instances serve as reminders that the development of an inclusive classroom praxis must acknowledge how narrative and nostalgia affect present-day perceptions, not only of texts but of the people who study them. 

Their goal is thus for established and emerging scholars to address these issues and contribute to ongoing conversations that will sharpen scholarly interdisciplinarity, civic engagement, and cultural relevance.

Another reason the organizations cite for their partnership is the anticipation of change. ESO has had several conversations about what they can do to address the elephants in SSSL’s rooms, most recently, for example, the incidence of white nationalist and/or supremacist activity, both among online platforms associated with the SSSL and in the geographical U.S. South. Participants in these conversations anticipate that a methodological change to how southernists approach research, teaching, and public service within and beyond the U.S. South would help counteract these developments. Similarly, several medieval scholars, including many in MARIS, are working to develop pedagogical responses to the widespread use of medieval symbolism in white supremacist groups that assume—erroneously—that race was not a constitutive factor in the development of the European Middle Ages. Many medievalists would also like to facilitate a more global, less Eurocentric representation of the Middle Ages in university coursework. The need for a more inclusive discourse in undergraduate and graduate courses also applies to the field of medieval studies itself: the group Medievalists of Color, for example, has recently called for more inclusive scholarly practices in professional contexts.

In anticipation of these changes, ESO and MARIS are calling on scholars to address the continual study and prioritization of white authors among both established and emerging scholars, despite broader shifts to include authors from a variety of racial, national, ethnic, gender, and sexual identities across all literary disciplines. In an attempt to voice these concerns across the disciplines, they hope the roundtable will serve as a platform for scholars in both southern and medieval studies to share how they have addressed these issues in the past, are addressing them in the present, and plan to address them in the future. 

Looking beyond the SAMLA conference in November, the organizations have plans to develop a more robust series of panels or symposia around restructuring southernists’ and medievalists’ historically dominant, exclusive, and white-practiced areas of literary studies. They’d like to make room for a more wide-ranging discussion about how epistemologies of race and region span the pre-modern and late modern areas of cultural study. They would also like to examine why white supremacists are drawn to public histories about their areas, and what the culturally inscribed practices of biblical exegesis and new criticism might tell scholars about the process by which certain histories are written while others are erased. 

In short, they’d like to listen to and learn from each other about the long history of their disciplines, note ways that everyone can do better, and work together to foster collective change and greater inclusivity among those who study language, history, and the humanities. 

CFPs and Announcements


Call for Proposals: The Society for the Study of Southern Literature Biennial Conference
April 2-5, 2020
Fayetteville, AR @ The Graduate Hotel

BEYOND BORDERS, BARS, AND BINARIES: Rethinking “South” in an Age of Crisis

At a moment of heightened xenophobia and pronounced political fixation on walls and borders, we invite scholars, activists, and students of southern literature, media, and culture to discuss the ways that the region answers back to national discourses on space, place, and power. In contemplating the ways that southern cultures voice ambivalent experiences of nation, boundaries, and belonging, our conference will create sustained engagement on the themes of borders, bars, and binaries in ways that move us beyond traditional disciplinary frameworks and toward a vision of research, teaching, and activism as mutually informing and intersecting activities.

The 2020 conference will have three key features aimed at providing an environment of collegiality, academic engagement, and lively intellectual exchange. Five opening-day seminars—“Ecological Souths,” “Southern Horrors: Afrosouthernfuturism and the Black Speculative Arts,” “Inside Voices: Power and Pedagogy in Prison Classrooms,” “Trans 101,” and “Among, Apart, Between: Multiethnic Souths”—will explicitly speak to the binaries that structure our senses of space, place, embodiment, and citizenship, while pointing us “beyond” fantasies of American exceptionalism. Keynote speakers on prison literatures, histories, pedagogies, and activism will investigate our current carceral state, placing it in relationship to regional histories and national interests, including commerce, labor, law, social stigmatization, and surveillance. Finally, in conjunction with our Emerging Scholars Organization, we will host workshops and panels on alt-ac paths so as to broaden the vision of post-doctoral life.

We welcome proposals for individual papers (300 words) and panels and roundtables (500 words). We also welcome proposals for more experimental “panel” formats, such as: guided discussions, “lightning” presentations, poster or art displays, writing workshops, sessions that combine scholarly and non-scholarly stakeholders, or other alternative formats (500 words). Panels and roundtables must have an open call for participants on the SSSL website and Facebook page, and the program committee—Lisa Hinrichsen, Casey Kayser, Julie Armstrong, Joanna Davis-McElligatt, Bob Jackson, Elizabeth Gardner, Kristin Teston, Amber Hodge, and Amy Clukey—urges organizers to be inclusive and diverse as they select participants. All proposals should include 100-word biographies for each participant. We are especially interested in having scholars join us who may not identify primarily as “southernists,” and we actively encourage the work of younger scholars, who can take advantage of SSSL’s robust Emerging Scholars Organization and travel grant program.  

While all approaches are welcome, we particularly invite papers that:

  • explore literatures and cultures of incarceration, plantation-to-prison interconnections, prison farms, and prisons-for-profit in southern spaces;
  • the impacts of the U.S. carceral, punishment, and surveillance regimes on everyday life, culture, politics, and scholarship in and beyond the Americas;
  • digital and/or intermedial explorations of borders;
  • texts and media by or about diasporas and/or border subjects;
  • representations of indigenous and Native experiences and cultures in the South;
  • new articulations of core and periphery;
  • literary and cultural representations of privatization, virtualization, revanchism, and militarization;
  • explorations of transgender and queer southern literature, media, and culture;
  • evolving notions of race, gender, sexuality, and/or the body, including issues of disability and ableism; 
  • analyses of historical, social, cultural, or political tensions within and/or about “the South”;
  • constructions and deployments of southern cultures through “non-literary” forms of film, music, visual art, new media, popular culture, and performance;
  • considerations of how these issues pertain to southern studies institutions, programs, publishing venues, and communities. 

As a transitional zone between north and south, east and west, Northwest Arkansas provides a rich, even contradictory, locale for exploring questions of borders, bars, and binaries. Marked by migration routes that include the Trail of Tears, the largest community of Marshallese in the U.S., and the settlement of dreamers and migrant citizens brought by the flows of capital from Walmart, Tyson, J.B. Hunt, and other Fortune 500 companies with roots in the area, Northwest Arkansas is a place to view the intersection of diverse people, new technologies, and globalized capitalist economies, as well as a place from which to see the production and exacerbation of inequalities. The area is home to lesbian separatist communities, queer travel, and Crystal Bridges, a world-renowned museum of American art. It is also a part of a state foundational to the growth of for-profit prisons, neoliberal income inequality, and environmental degradation. As such, SSSL 2020 offers us a provocative ground from which to consider how borders, binaries, and bars operate in lived experience as well as intellectual practice.

The deadline for all proposals is October 15, 2019. Additional information about the conference and Society is available on our website:www.southernlit.org. Please direct all questions, and paper and panel proposals to [email protected]

International Conference
EA 4295 CORPUS: University of Picardy Jules Verne, Amiens, France
September 27-28 2019
Logis du Roy & Citadelle

“The father of the text”: Continuities and Ruptures of Faulkner’s Legacy in Contemporary Literatures

American literature has long borrowed its forms and figures from the Old Continent, gradually tinting them with its own characteristic colors. If European literature and its tutelary figures (William Shakespeare, John Keats, Gerard Manley Hopkins and James Joyce, to name but a few of them) keep inspiring contemporary American literature, the latter has ended up building up its own literary legacy made of the sum of the masterpieces engendered by the New Continent. This legacy has, in turn, been inspiring other literatures.

Among the American writers that left to their successors a patrimony that is both rich and hefty, both stimulating and sometimes inhibiting, Faulkner is certainly one of the most imposing. Mississippi-born William Faulkner (1897-1962) was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1949: in five decades, he was the fourth American writer to obtain that supreme honor. Trying to thread her own way in Faulkner’s wake, Flannery O’Connor cunningly compared him with the roaring Dixie Limited. In an essay entitled “The father of the text,” French writer Pierre Michon forcefully claimed that he belongs to Faulkner’s lineage—a lineage that includes numerous other descendants: “I was past thirty. I hadn’t written a single line yet. I read Absalom, Absalom!by chance, then reedited in paperback. In the novel’s opening pages, I immediately found a father or a brother, maybe the father of the text.” Many writers, both in the United States and beyond—they are actually so numerous that they cannot possibly all be mentioned—made similar parentage claims: they include Lillian Hellman, Richard Wright, Chester Himes, William Styron, Richard Ford, Cormac McCarthy, Toni Morrison, Philip Roth, Jerome Charyn and Ron Rash; but also Claude Simon, Gabriel Garcia Márquez and Mo Yan, among many others.

The purpose if this two-day conference is to examine why Faulkner’s work and writing still constitute such a massive inescapable legacy. What are the forms adopted by Faulkner’s legacy in the literatures of the American South? What forms does it take beyond the regional and national boundaries, to which its role and influence are obviously not restricted? The questions of legacy, inheritance, fatherhood and filiation will be at the center of our reflections that eventually aim at assessing the varied forms through which Faulkner’s legacy is reflected in contemporary literatures around the world.

Please send 300-word proposals with a short biography and curriculum vita to Frédérique Spill ([email protected]) and Solveig Dunkel ([email protected]) by June 30, 2019.

A selection of articles from the conference proceedings will be published in 2020.

Contact :
Frédérique Spill
MCF-HDR Littérature américaine
Directrice de l’EA 4295 CORPUS
[email protected]

Languages: Power, Identity, Relationships
November 15–17, 2019 | Westin Peachtree Plaza | Atlanta, Georgia
General Call for Papers

SAMLA invites prospective conference participants to submit abstracts to our annual General Call for Papers.

The General Call will be used to build programming from accepted abstracts that did not resonate with any of our currently published CFPs. Abstracts will be reviewed internally, and accepted abstracts will either be placed on an extant panel or combined with other General Call abstracts to create new sessions. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee acceptance and placement, though we will work earnestly and diligently to place all abstracts.

Although there is no proscription against submitting multiple abstracts, all participants are reminded that each participant may present only one traditional paper per SAMLA conference.

Submissions will be accepted through July 15, 2019

Collections & Journals

Call for Submissions for the 2020 issues of the NORTH CAROLINA LITERARY REVIEW (NCLR; see www.nclr.ecu.edu),

Featuring North Carolina “Expatriates” Writers

Complete submissions are due by August 31, 2019. 

We are seeking critical analyses of works by and interviews with writers from North Carolina who live and write outside of the Old North State. Find a (selected) list of such writers and more submission information here: http://www.nclr.ecu.edu/issues/next-issue.html

Early submissions and proposals are welcome. Queries and proposals for the special feature section may be emailed to the editor, Margaret Bauer ([email protected]). For formatting manuscripts and online submission instructions, please consult our website: www.nclr.ecu.edu/submissions

Call for Papers
William Faulkner and World War I

World War I was a pivotal moment for William Faulkner. He changed the spelling of his name to join the Royal Air Force. Although the war ended before he finished flight training, he wore a pilot’s uniform around Oxford, Mississippi. He wrote his first novel about the war, he wrote his first Yoknapatawpha novel about the war, he wrote several short stories about the war, and he wrote one of his late novels about the war. This special issue of Mississippi Quarterly guest edited by David A. Davis will explore the connection between the war and Faulkner’s writing. Essays may discuss Faulkner’s experience in the war, his representations of the war, comparisons between his depiction of the war and other writers’ depictions of the war, the war and his perception of modernism, or other related topics. Please submit 150 word abstracts to David A. Davis at [email protected] by June 15. Invited contributors will be asked to submit 6,000 to 8,000 word essays by January 10, 2020.

Call For Papers

Special issue of The Journal of Short Story in Englishon the short stories of Ron Rash
JSSEN°75 (Autumn 2021)


American poet, novelist and short story writer Ron Rash’s first published book was a collection of related short stories entitled The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earthand Other Stories from Cliffside, North Carolina(1994). In the three parts that make up that debut book, three first-person narrators, Vincent, Tracy and Randy, take turns delineating life in a small Southern town; as suggested by the collection’s title, the tone mostly is that of comedy. But Rash’s eye for place and for details that make one place unmistakable is already very sharp. His second collection, Casualties(2000), is now out of print. Most of the stories collected in it, but not all of them, were republished in Chemistry and Other Stories(2007), which contains the O. Henry Award winner, “Speckled Trout,” which eventually developed into Ron Rash’s third novel, The World Made Straight(2006). In the same collection, “Pemberton’s wife” can be read as a blueprint for Serena(2008), the novel to which Rash certainly owes much of his international acclaim. In that collection, narration floats between different voices and times, voluntarily blurring distinctions between different eras, thus conveying a somewhat paradoxical sense of changelessness. For even secluded Appalachia changes from one generation to the next, as the region transitions toward greater industrialization, modernity and the new plights that develop along with them. Rash’s 2010 collection, Burning Bright,conveys a similar effect as, without prior notice, Civil War stories—“Lincolnites” or the unorthodox “Dead Confederates”—intercross with stories of the Great Depression with “Hard Times,” or of present-day Appalachia with the title story, for instance. This device brings out the permanent features of place through history, shaping the distinctive character of Rash’s territory. For his fourth collection, Ron Rash was granted the prestigious Frank O’Connor Award and a second O. Henry Prize for “Into the Gorge.” Published in 2013, Nothing Gold Can Staykeeps weaving the same thread, though the emphasis now lies even more clearly on the ravages of meth addiction in Appalachia than it was the case in the preceding series of short stories. Rash’s fifth collection contains one of the writer’s first homages to Edward Hopper’s painting with “Night Hawks;” “The Magic Bus” foreshadows the context from which his seventh novel, The Risen(2016), sprouts. Marking a peak in Rash’s career as a short-story writer, Something Rich and Strange: Selected Storieswas published in 2014, compiling stories from Rash’s five collections, reshuffled in a new order together with two new stories, “Shiloh” and “Outlaws.”

Ron Rash, who is currently working on a new collection of short stories, readily admits that the short story is his favorite form. He is especially sensitive to the creative powers of its succinctness. Furthermore, short stories offer him a middle ground in which he can fully and variedly express his talent for plot and characterization, his gift for detail and his concern with poetic sonorities.

The aim of this issue of the Journal of the Short Story in English(N°75: Autumn 2021) is to assess Ron Rash’s art as a storyteller by focusing on his collections as entities, on his stories’ structures, on their recurring themes, forms and figures, on the importance of place and on the complexities of his representations of time.

Thematic readings will be welcome as well as close readings of single stories or contributions more generally dealing with entire collections. Contributors might discuss the following topics (but, of course, these are only suggestions):

  • The writing of nature and representations of the nonhuman world
  • Landscape as destiny
  • The permanence of place across times
  • History and stories / Memory and nostalgia
  • Traditions and ruptures
  • Disrupted families and/or “orphan” figures
  • Old age
  • Women
  • The representations of genders
  • Addictions and compulsions
  • The poetics of violence / The poetics of loneliness
  • Recycled materials, recurring images
  • Continuity between genres
  • Music and musicality
  • Tragicomedy
  • Intertextual references and Influences
  • Sexuality and Desire
  • Titles
  • Openings
  • Narrative strategies
  • Undeadness

Proposals (of 200 to 300 words) should be sent by the end of June 30, 2019 along with a short biography. Completed articles (not to exceed 6,000 words) must follow the MLA Style Manualand include an abstract in French (not to exceed 250 words). The editors may help with this process if necessary. Essay submissions will be peer-reviewed and are due byDecember 29, 2019. Accepted submissions should complete revisions for the final version of the essay by August 31, 2020.

Please send queries and proposals to the guest editors, Frédérique Spill, University of Picardy Jules Verne, Amiens, France ([email protected]) and Randall Wilhelm, Anderson University ([email protected]). 


TWANG is a creative space for transgender / nonbinary / gender nonconforming / TGNC artists & writers of the South & Midwest US. We are currently seeking submissions for our first print anthology from TGNC folks living or tied to this region. We’re looking for visual art, creative nonfiction, fiction & poetry to publish both in print & online as a collective space for our stories, art & lives to meet.

Founded in 2019, TWANG began as a vision I had to pair my passions & talents as a writer & community organizer. As a member of InTRANSitive, and as a blossoming writer, I wanted to see a project come to life that created space to celebrate TGNC folks, share our stories, document our diversity, our talent, and our brilliance in the area I now choose to call home. As a queer trans baby raised in Louisiana, I never had the chance to have the community I needed, the sense of belonging I craved & deserved in order to truly thrive. Grasping for straws in all the wrong places, I am very grateful that my story did not stop there. I latched onto poetry like the lifeline it was: a safe space to share ideas, myself, and my art when there weren’t any people around me who could provide that space or see me. I left Louisiana at 17, determined I would never return home, or call it home, or dare look back.

Ultimately, when I found myself in Arkansas in 2013, I didn’t expect to stay in this region, to find myself back in the South unearthing myself in my many truths, or to engage in TLGBQ community here or to find my calling in the place that told me I could not belong or be. But I did. Here, in  “nowhere Arkansas”, I found community & I found myself & I found my favorite co-collaborators & artists & organizers & mentors. I found all of this in the very space I thought I could never belong, exist, or thrive. Today, as I reach toward my 28th birthday, I reflect on the child who almost died in Louisiana, the teen who left Louisiana, and the twenty something who found their own way through, and back.

TWANG is an opportunity for me & for others like me to find that community. To have that belonging. To laugh or smile in the face of those who say southern + queer don’t belong in the same sentence. To represent our full selves, whether we’re rural & trans, southern & genderqueer, midwestern & genderfree. The goal of TWANG extends beyond the pages of this anthology: the goal is to find our faces, find those hands that are paint-covered & reaching, to find those clenched & anxious fingers typing away in some small town bedroom, and to have open arms reaching back. TWANG’s mission is to create space for celebration, documentation, belonging, & community. In today’s media, when trans folks are talked about, if at all, we rarely see our triumphs, our successes, our magic celebrated. More often, the posts that go viral or stories that make the news are ones of despair, trauma, and pain. TWANG seeks to combat the erasure of our current lived experience through celebration of our art, our lives, our worth. To this end, all submissions are free, and all contributors selected for the anthology will be paid. 
If you can, please help us make our mark on the world this year & years to come. You, me, & every TGNC friend we’ve yet to encounter, who’s been erased or lied or denied away, who’s been told we don’t exist here, who’s been told we don’t belong here, who’s been told we don’t deserve a space here, deserves a space to unpack those lies, to find familiar faces, to tell & own & share their truths, to remember: we are valid; we are beautiful; we do belong.

Thanks to an individual artist grant from Artists 360, I was able to begin my journey of outreach, building, and birthing TWANG at the beginning of 2019. While these funds have created the possibility to launch TWANG into the world, these funds are not enough to sustain a long-term vision for TWANG as I see the community deserves & needs. Immediate & longterm goals for TWANG include publishing the first print run of an anthology, paying each contributor a hearty stipend for their work, hiring a TGNC team of co-collaborators & creators, providing free copies of TWANG to anyone in need, creating more & continuing current partnerships with community centers & organizations in the region to bring creative workshops, readings, and other art events to TLGBQ folks outside of academic institutions. To introduce TGNC folks to other texts and artists that share their story. To pair faces I don’t know with artists I do, to bring each other together, to create a safe collaborative space where we may heal, grow, and nurture new visions for ourselves and our art. 

Please help me create this space. Share our submission call. Share our GoFundMe. Submit your art. Submit your writing. Donate to our crowdfunding. Spread the word. Partner with us to bring an event to your area. Take the time to forward this email to others. Take the time to email us & reach your hand out. TWANG will be here, reaching back.

Crowdfund: https://www.gofundme.com/twang-anthology-launch-fund
Project Website: twanganthology.org
Email: [email protected]
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Election Results

Our President-Elect is Gina Caison. She will serve one year in the President-Elect role and begin a two-year term as President in 2020. 

Our new Executive Committee members, who will both serve two-year terms, are Joanna Davis-McElligatt and Delia Steverson. 

I’m grateful to everyone who put their name on the ballot. Many thanks also to those members on the nominating committees: Katie Henninger, Elizabeth Rodriguez Fielder, Erich Nunn, Sherita Johnson, and Zackary Vernon.

Congratulations to the new members of our leadership team! 

Announcement of 2018 C. Hugh Holman Award Winners

From: 2018 C. Hugh Holman Award Committee: Melanie Benson Taylor (Dartmouth College), chair; Peter Schmidt (Swarthmore College); Terrence Tucker (University of Memphis)

On behalf of the C. Hugh Holman Award committee, I am pleased to announce the winner of – and an honorable mention for – this year’s award, given to the “best book of literary scholarship or literary criticism in the field of southern literature published during a given calendar year” (in this case, 2017). The award is named for C. Hugh Holman, who taught southern literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for three decades and helped to establish the National Humanities Center. From a truly outstanding crop of deserving works, the committee awarded top honors to the following:

Brook Thomas, The Literature of Reconstruction: Not in Plain Black and White (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017)

This book is the most comprehensive, reliable, and nuanced survey to date of a still-too-under-appreciated epoch of Southern literary history, advancing a well-developed argument about how the protracted Reconstruction era is crucial for understanding American history as a whole, both literary and otherwise. Thomas intervenes authoritatively in ongoing debates about Reconstruction—both its literary significance and the legacies of historical events such as the 14thAmendment—in incisive, fair, and productive ways. In the process, he dismantles reductive racial models in order to expose the socioeconomic conditions that underlie and complicate this historiography. Ultimately, this is a commanding, field-shifting text at a critical juncture for Reconstruction scholarship and American literary history, as well as a New Southern Studies that has been slower to address pre-20th century contexts. It will be the go-to book on Reconstruction for at least a generation. 

Honorable Mention:

Lisa Hinrichsen, Gina Caison, and Stephanie Rountree, Small-Screen Souths: Region, Identity, and the Cultural Politics of Television (LSU Press, 2017)

Small-Screen Souths is the first anthology to be recognized under the auspices of the Holman Award. The collected essays represent an exciting array of new ideas and methods driving contemporary mass media and cultural studies. All three key terms in the subtitle—region, identity, and cultural politics—are well and variously developed, and the essays have valuable things to say about race, gender and sexuality, class, mass marketing, narrative and melodrama theory, and fan culture, among many other topics.  The editors skillfully navigate the broader field of popular culture studies while breaking new ground in Southern Studies in particular. Ultimately, there’s nothing “small” about this collection: its accessible, paradigm-altering conversations will reach far beyond the frame of the television and the boundaries of Southern studies. Notably, the collection was co-edited by Lisa Hinrichsen, who currently serves as President of the SSSL, and features essays by SSSL members Bob Jackson, Monica Miller, Casey Kayser, Joanna Davis-McElligatt, Mary Ann Wilson, Eric Gary Anderson, Matt Dischinger, Taylor Hagood, and Jennie Lightweis-Goff.

Awards and Fellowships

Graduate Assistant Position(s) Available: 
An Opportunity to Work on the Staff of the Award-Winning North Carolina Literary Review

The East Carolina University master’s degree program in English accepts applications for the fall through July 31.

Graduate assistantships include the opportunity to apply to be an editorial assistant with the award-winning North Carolina Literary Review (NCLR).  

For information about ECU’s graduate program, go to: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cas/engl/gradindex.cfm

For more information about this award-winning journal, go to: http://www.nclr.ecu.edu

Students interested in working with NCLR should contact the editor, Professor Margaret Bauer, via email ([email protected]) for more information as soon as they apply to the graduate program.

The Sarah Gordon Award

The Sarah Gordon award is a $500 prize given each year to a Graduate student for the best article written on Flannery O’Connor or Southern Studies. Each entrant must be a graduate student between April 1st and August 1st, 2019. Articles must be submitted by 1 Aug. 2019to be considered for the 2019 award. Please note: all entries will be considered for publication in the Flannery O’Connor Review. Articles may take any approach but must conform to the Review’s usual guidelines, available at: http://www.gcsu.edu/artsandsciences/english/flannery-oconnor-review. Please email submissions to [email protected] or mail submissions to: 

Flannery O’Connor Review 
Sarah Gordon Award
Dept. Of English
Campus Box 44
Georgia College & State University
Milledgeville, GA 31061


If you would like to add your recent work to the next bibliography or have suggestions about journals/presses we should add, please email Will Murray at [email protected]

Scholarly Journals

The A-Line: A Journal of Progressive Thought 

  • Kassanoff, Jennie A. “The Voting Rights Act Without Tears.” The A-Line: A Journal of Progressive Thought 1, no. 3-4 (30 Aug. 2018). https://alinejournal.com/vol-1-no-3-4/the-voting-rights-act-without-tears/.

African American Review

  • Dahn, Eurie. “Forgotten Manuscripts: ‘Lex Talionis: A Story,’ by Robert W. Bagnall.” African American Review, vol. 51, no. 4, Winter 2018, pp. 279–287.
  • Donahue, James J. “Voicing His Objections: Narrative Voice as Racial Critique in Percival Everett’s God’s Country.” African American Review, vol. 52, no. 1, Spring 2019, pp. 75–86. 
  • Feith, Michel. “Philosophy Embedded in Space: Rethinking the Frontier in Percival Everett’s Western Novels.” African American Review, vol. 52, no. 1, Spring 2019, pp. 87–99.
  • Kohrs, Johannes. “Notes of a Native Novelist: Institutional Blackness and Critical Uplift in Percival Everett’s Self-Help Satire Glyph.” African American Review, vol. 52, no. 1, Spring 2019, pp. 61–74.
  • Linge, Zach. “Retracing the Hype about Hyper into Percival Everett.” African American Review, vol. 52, no. 1, Spring 2019, pp. 5–16.
  • Milne, Leah. “Intimate Realities and Necessary Fiction in Percival Everett by Virgil Russell.” African American Review, vol. 52, no. 1, Spring 2019, pp. 47–60. 
  • Pergadia, Samantha. “Like an Animal: Genres of the Nonhuman in the Neo-Slave Novel.” African American Review, vol. 51, no. 4, Winter 2018, pp. 288–304.
  • Roof, Judith. “So Much Blue: The Equanimity of Passionate Desperation.” African American Review, vol. 52, no. 1, Spring 2019, pp. 17–26.
  • Weixlmann, Joe. “Revealing the Artistry of Percival Everett’s So Much Blue.” African American Review, vol. 52, no. 1, Spring 2019, pp. 27–46.
  • Williams, Dana A. “‘The Next Time You Got Questions Like That, Ask Yourself.’” African American Review, vol. 51, no. 4, Winter 2018, pp. 273–278. 

American Indian Quarterly

  • Lambert, Michael. “How Grandma Kate Lost Her Cherokee Blood and What This Says about Race, Blood, and Belonging in Indian Country.” American Indian Quarterly, vol. 43, no. 2, Spring 2019, pp. 135–167. 

American Literary History

  • Taylor, Melanie Benson. “Katherine Anne Porter’s Familiar Countries.” American Literary History, Volume 31, Issue 2, Summer 2019, pp. 187–206.
  • Varon, Alberto. “Of Hammers, Hurricanes, and History: Oscar Casares’s Brownsville, Postracial Affect, and the Latina/o Studies Field-Imaginary.” American Literary History, Volume 31, Issue 2, Summer 2019, pp. 207–228

American Literature

  • Anthony, David. “Region, Capitalism, and the Jew in the Post-Tom Plantation Novel.” American Literature, 1 June 2019; 91 (2): 295–322. 
  • Gordon, Adam. “Beyond the ‘Proper Notice’: Frederick Douglass, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and the Politics of Critical Reprinting.” American Literature, 1 March 2019; 91 (1), pp. 1–29.
  • Marcus, Sara. “‘Time Enough, but None to Spare’: The Indispensable Temporalities of Charles Chesnutt’s The Marrow of Tradition.” American Literature, 1 March 2019; 91 (1), pp. 31-58.
  • Navakas, Michele Currie. “Antebellum Coral.” American Literature, 1 June 2019; 91 (2), pp. 263–293.

American Studies

  • Davis, David A. “Innocent of Any Time: Modern Temporality and the Problem of Southern Poverty.” American Studies, vol. 57 no. 4, 2019, pp. 91-110.
  • Ferguson, Lydia. “Pro-Slavery Appropriations and Inadvertent Agencies: The Elder(ly) ‘Uncle’ in Plantation Fiction.” American Studies, vol. 58 no. 1, 2019, pp. 49-72.
  • Heard, Sandra R. “Making Slums and Suburbia in Black Washington During the Great Depression.” American Studies, vol. 57 no. 4, 2019, pp. 5-22.
  • Murray, William. “‘A night already devoid of stars’: Illuminating the Violent Darkness in Kyle Baker’s Nat Turner.” American Studies, vol. 58 no. 1, 2019, pp. 25-47. 
  • Stromski, John. “The Elysian Market: The Moral Rhetoric of Northern Silk.” American Studies, vol. 57 no. 4, 2019, pp. 71-89. 

Contemporary Literature

  • Mangrum, Benjamin. “Global Provincialism: Orhan Pamuk and William Faulkner in the Age of World Literature.” Contemporary Literature, vol. 59 no. 1, 2018, pp. 1-30. 

Cormac McCarthy Journal

  • Holloway, David. “Mapping McCarthy in the Age of Neoconservatism, or the Politics of Affect in The Road.” The Cormac McCarthy Journal, vol. 17 no. 1, 2019, pp. 4-26.
  • Luce, Dianne C.”The Bedazzled Eye: Cormac McCarthy, José Ortega y Gasset, and Optical Democracy.” The Cormac McCarthy Journal, vol. 17 no. 1, 2019, pp. 64-69.
  • Mills, Luke William. “American Faerie: Medieval Fairy Lore in Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian.” The Cormac McCarthy Journal, vol. 17 no. 1, 2019, pp. 27-42. 
  • Morgan, Wesley. “Cormac McCarthy and The Yearling.” The Cormac McCarthy Journal, vol. 17 no. 1, 2019, pp. 70-72.
  • Trotignon, Béatrice. “A Bibliography of Cormac McCarthy’s Works in Translation.” The Cormac McCarthy Journal, vol. 17 no. 1, 2019, pp. 43-63.

Early American Literature

  • Dikant, Thomas. “Settler Colonial Statistics: Jefferson, Biopolitics, and Notes on the State of Virginia.”Early American Literature, vol. 54 no. 1, 2019, pp. 69-96.

Edgar Allan Poe Review 

  • Conner, Staci Poston. “”Horror More Horrible From Being Vague, and Terror More Terrible From Ambiguity”: Liminal Figures in Poe’s “Berenice” and Gilman’s “The Giant Wistaria”.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 20 no. 1, 2019, pp. 77-95.
  • Eddings, Dennis W. “How Poe’s Devil Helped Corrupt Mark Twain’s Hadleyburg.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 20 no. 1, 2019, pp. 64-76.
  • Ibáñez, José R. “In the Footsteps of the “Goldsmith of Magical Wonders”: Revisiting the Popular Poe in Pío Baroja’s Early Tales.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 20 no. 1, 2019, pp. 96-109. 
  • Mckee, Gabriel. “A New Letter from Poe to Lowell on the Pioneer: Tales to Be Seen—the First Spanish Illustrated Edition.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 20 no. 1, 2019, pp. 27-45.
  • Savoye, Jeffrey A.”The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe: Poe’s Legacy and Griswold’s Authority.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 20 no. 1, 2019, pp. 1-26.
  • Tatsumi, Takayuki. “In Pym’s Footsteps: Poe, Ooka, and Ballard.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 20 no. 1, 2019, pp. 110-125
  • Thompson, G. R. “Excerpts from “A Raving Socrates: Poe and the Grotesque Truth of Humor”.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 20 no. 1, 2019, pp. 126-143.
  • Zimmerman, Brett. “”Such as I Have Painted”: Poe, “The Masque of the Red Death,” and the VanitasGenre.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 20 no. 1, 2019, pp. 46-63.

Faulkner Journal

  • Clough, Edward. “Dying of the Stranger’s Disease: Yellow Fever, Narrative Space, and the Art of Exclusion in Absalom, Absalom!.” The Faulkner Journal, vol. 31 no. 1, 2019, pp. 89-111.
  • Dougherty, Kimberly K.””A Death Like the Rebel Angels”: Cather and Faulkner Expose the Myth of Aerial Chivalry in One of Ours and Soldiers’ Pay.” The Faulkner Journal, vol. 31 no. 1, 2019, pp. 67-87. 
  • Duvall, John N. “‘An Error in Chemistry’: The Final Typescript.” The Faulkner Journal, vol. 31 no. 1, 2019, pp. 1-6.
  • Hemsptead, Susanna. “”Once a Bitch, Always a Bitch”: Rereading Caddy in The Sound and the Fury.” The Faulkner Journal, vol. 31 no. 1, 2019, pp. 23-42
  • Nisetich, Rebecca. “When Difference Becomes Dangerous: Intersectional Identity Formation and the Protective Cover of Whiteness in Faulkner’s Light in August.” The Faulkner Journal, vol. 31 no. 1, 2019, pp. 43-66.

The Global South

  • Fielder, Elizabeth Rodriguez. “Designing Latinidad: Gulf South Migration and Contemporary Gentrification in Ybor City, Florida.” The Global South, vol. 12 no. 1, 2018, pp. 89-111.

Journal of American Studies

  • O’Connell, Christian. “Time Travelling in Dixie: Race, Music, and the Weight of the Past in the British “Televisual” South.” Journal of American Studies, vol. 53, no. 1, 2019, pp. 197-222.


  • Ardoin, Paul. ““Have You to This Point Assumed That I Am White?”: Narrative Withholding since Playing in the Dark.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S., vol. 44 no. 1, 2019, pp. 160-180. 
  • Brown, Meghan & Laymon, Kiese. ““I Don’t Want People to Forget the Sentence”: An Interview with Kiese Laymon.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S., vol. 44 no. 1, 2019, pp. 181-196. 
  • Lowe, John Wharton. “How Northern Mexico Became South Texas (and Southern Too): The Reconstruction Saga of Caballero.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S., vol. 43 no. 4, 2018, pp. 235-259. 
  • Ziering, Anna. ““Hurt You into Tenderness Finally”: Erotic Masochism and Black Female Subjectivity in Gayl Jones’s Corregidora.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S., vol. 44 no. 1, 2019, pp. 87-109. 

Mississippi Philological Association (POMPA)

  • crump, helen. “‘Diasporic Interrogations of Alternative Mothering: Othermothers and/in Black Women’s Diaspora Fiction.’” POMPA: Publications of the Mississippi Philological Association, vol. 35, Jan. 2018, p. 102-127.
  • Galliher, Mikki. “The Wounded Warrior: White Masculinity and the Displacement of Counterculture in Born on the Fourth of July and Forrest Gump.” POMPA: Publications of the Mississippi Philological Association, vol. 35, Jan. 2018, pp. 155-165.
  • Han, John J. “Dying and Death in Flannery O’Connor’s Fiction: A Thanatological Perspective.” POMPA: Publications of the Mississippi Philological Association, vol. 35, Jan. 2018, pp. 166–179.
  • Jones, Dana Davenport. “”Author Becomes Savior: Dorothy Allison’s Bastard out of Carolina.” POMPA: Publications of the Mississippi Philological Association, vol. 35, Jan. 2018, pp. 128–134. 

Mississippi Quarterly

  • Fowler, Doreen.  “Death, Denial, and the Black Double: Reading Race in Flannery O’Connor’s Fiction.” Mississippi Quarterly, 69.3 (Summer 2016; published in Fall 2018). 303-325.
  • Flint, Azelina. “‘Do You Want to Throw Yourself into the Jaws of Death…. You Obstinate, Ungovernable Piece of Marble!’: Self-Sacrifice as Self-Affirmation in Augusta Jane Evans’s Macaria; or, Altars of Sacrifice.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 69, no. 4, Fall 2016, pp. 457–480. 
  • Franke, Damon. “Vachel Lindsay at Gulf Park, 1923 to 1924.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 69, no. 4, Fall 2016, pp. 433–456.
  • Jones, Jill C. “Taking the Axe to Babylon: Zora Neale Hurston’s ‘Lost’ Caroline Stories, Gender, Place, and Power.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 69, no. 4, Fall 2016, pp. 481–499.
  • Nickel, Matthew. “Elizabeth Madox Roberts: Modernist.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 69, no. 4, Fall 2016, pp. 413–432.
  • Vice, Brad. “Spirals of the Self: Barry Hannah’s Autobiographical Method.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 69, no. 4, Fall 2016, pp. 501–519.
  • Walton, Gerald W. “William Faulkner, a Soldier of Lafayette County, Mississippi.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 69, no. 4, Fall 2016, pp. 521–523.


  • Anderson, Melanie R. “From Peyton Plantation to Peyton Place: Gothic Tropes in Grace Metalious’s Infamous New England Novel.” Mosaic: an interdisciplinary critical journal, vol. 52 no. 1, 2019, pp. 1-16. 

Native South

  • Bowne, Eric E. & Bowne, Crystal A. “Natives, Women, Debtors, and Slaves: Christian Priber’s American Utopia.” Native South, vol. 11, 2018, pp. 56-80. 
  • Brannon, Frank. “The Press of the Cherokee Phoenix Newspaper as Artifact.” Native South, vol. 11, 2018, pp. 117-143. 
  • Kaufman, David V. “Biloxi Origins.” Native South, vol. 11, 2018, pp. 145-157.
  • Mack, Dustin J. “The Chickasaws’ Place-World: The Mississippi River in Chickasaw History and Geography.” Native South, vol. 11, 2018, pp. 1-28.
  • Peach, Steven J. “The Failure of Political Centralization: Mad Dog, the Creek Indians, and the Politics of Claiming Power in the American Revolutionary Era.” Native South, vol. 11, 2018, pp. 81-116. 
  • Stewart, James A. & Cobb, Charles R.”Fort Congaree: A Cosmopolitan Outpost on the Rim of Empire.” Native South, vol. 11, 2018, pp. 29-55. 

North Carolina Literary Review

  • Bauer, Margaret D. “The Famous and Infamous.” North Carolina Literary Review, no. 27, 2018, p. 4. 
  • Bennett, Barbara. “Big Fish: The Myth and the Man.” North Carolina Literary (2019):119-131.
  • Burge, Ashley. “Disembodied Intimacies and Shadows of True Womanhood: Reclaiming Agency in Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl,” North Carolina LiteraryReview 27 (2019): 116-133. 
  • Butler, Maia L.“Leaving Home to Return Home: Writing North Carolina Homeplace from the Particular to the Universal, an Interview with Stephanie Powell Watts,” North Carolina Literary Review27 (2019): 6-18.
  • Cornett, Sheryl. “Therese Anne Fowler and Maligned Women: Setting the Story Straight on Zelda Fitzgerald and Alva Vanderbilt Belmont.” North Carolina Literary Review, no. 27, 2018, p. 72.
  • Cory, Jessica. “Wildness Was Nothing to Admire: African American Environmental Thought and the importance of Place in Stephanie Powell Watts’s No One is Coming to Save Us,”North Carolina Literary Review 27 (2019): 19-31.
  • Duncan, Rebecca and Lyn Triplett. “A literary scholar and a surrogate granddaughter contemplate the life work of Zoe Kincaid Brockman,” North Carolina Literary Review, 27 (2019): 156-167.
  • Edwards, Brian. “Transcendentalism in the Albemarle: The Case of W.O. Saunders.” North Carolina Literary Review, no. 27, 2018, p. 40. 
  • Horn, Patrick. “The Literary Friendship of George Moses Horton and Caroline Lee Hentz.”North Carolina Literary Review 27 (2019): 134-143.
  • Hovis, George. “A Visitation with Randall Kenan” North Carolina Literary Review 27 (2019): 62-78
  • Larson, Jennifer. “Seeing the Opportunity in Tomorrow: An Interview with Jason Mott” NorthCarolina Literary Review 27 (2019): 36-42. 
  • Lincoln-Allen, Francine. “Let Them be Black and Beautiful: The Black Southerner’s Grasp at Self-Dignity in C. Eric Lincoln’s The Avenue, Clayton City” North Carolina Literary Review 27 (2019): 80-91.
  • Maron, Margaret. “From Manteo to Murphy: A Writer’s Personal Journey.” North Carolina Literary Review, no. 27, 2018, 6-12.
  • Richards, Gary. “Allan Gurganus and His Dildoes.” North Carolina Literary Review, no. 27, 2018, p. 130.
  • Sarasohn, Lisa. “Glenis Redmond: Poet, Teaching Artist, Griot.” North Carolina Literary Review 27 (2019): 44-57.
  • Shields, E.Thomson. “‘Into the Vast Unknown’? The Changing Ending of Paul Green’s The Lost Colony.” North Carolina Literary Review, no. 27, 2018, p. 52. 
  • Simpson, Bland. “A Moment on Hooper Lane: How We See, How We Are Seen: ‘Nothing Says Faith in the Future to the World as Powerfully as a People’s Abiding Protection of the Clean Air, Clean Earth, Clean Water in Its Domain.’” North Carolina Literary Review, no. 27, 2018, p. 34.
  • Vernon, Zackary. “Writers Empowering Reading: An Interview with Allan Gurganus.” North Carolina Literary Review, no. 27, 2018, p. 18.
  • Williams, Justin. “The Verses from our Pen to Him Belong’: National Identity in the Political Homages of George Moses Horton,” North Carolina Literary Review 27 (2019): 144-153. 


  • Matthew Krumholtz; Nella Larsen’s Etiquette Lesson: Small Talk, Racial Passing, and the Novel of Manners. Novel 1 May 2018; 51 (1): 1–16.

Poe Studies

  • Armiento, Amy Branam. “Literary Politics, Partisanship, and Poe’s Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque.” Poe Studies, vol. 51, 2018, pp. 90-109.
  • Bradford, Adam. “”Any Peculiar Taste or Prepossession”? Poe and the Antebellum Registers of Authorial Interpretation.” Poe Studies, vol. 51, 2018, pp. 44-73. 
  • Bronson-Bartlett, Blake. “On the Digital Mabbott Poe: “Source-Research,” Text Editing, and Media History.” Poe Studies, vol. 51, 2018, pp. 110-135.
  • Dykstal, Andrew. “The Voyeur in the Confessional: Reader, Hoax, and Unity of Effect in Poe’s Short Fiction.” Poe Studies, vol. 51, 2018, pp. 3-21.
  • Hammond, Alexander. “Troubled Writer in the Marketplace: Melville’s Image of Poe in Pierre.” Poe Studies, vol. 51, 2018, pp. 74-89. 
  • Tresch, John. “The Cthulhian Face of E.A.P.” Poe Studies, vol. 51, 2018, pp. E3-E17.
  • Vogelius, Christa Holm. “”Gaze On!”: The Transformations of Pygmalion and Galatea in the Poe-Osgood Affair.” Poe Studies, vol. 51, 2018, pp. 22-43. 

South: A Scholarly Journal

  • Bradley, Regina N.”An Experiment in Teaching OutKast and the Hip Hop South.” South: a scholarly journal, vol. 50 no. 2, 2019, pp. 105-113.
  • Davis-McElligatt, Joanna. “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Teaching Black Lives Matter in Louisiana.” South: a scholarly journal, vol. 50 no. 2, 2019, pp. 114-125.
  • Davis, David A.”#Southernsyllabus: Teaching and Activism in Southern Studies.” South: a scholarly journal, vol. 50 no. 2, 2019, pp. 93-104.
  • Finch, Megan. “Training Gendered Whiteness: Teaching Thomas Dixon’s The Clansmanafter Charlottesville.” South: a scholarly journal, vol. 50 no. 2, 2019, pp. 126-134.
  • George, Courtney. “Why and How I Teach Southern Literature: A Work in Progress.” South: a scholarly journal, vol. 50 no. 2, 2019, pp. 135-148.
  • Hayes, Jennifer L.”Until Kingdom Comes: Teaching Martin Luther King’s Legacy in Argumentative Writing.” South: a scholarly journal, vol. 50 no. 2, 2019, pp. 149-157
  • Lightweis-Goff, Jennie. “Charleston is a Small Place: Literature and Tourism in a Season of Horror.” South: a scholarly journal, vol. 50 no. 1, 2017, pp. 57-69.
  • Lightweis-Goff, Jennie. “Feminist Teacher Plays Possum.” South: a scholarly journal, vol. 50 no. 2, 2019, pp. 158-166. 
  • Menefee, Heather. “Black Activist Geographies: Teaching Whiteness as Territoriality on Campus.” South: a scholarly journal, vol. 50 no. 2, 2019, pp. 167-186.
  • Robinson, Owen. “From Deep South to Freedom Highway: Some Thoughts on Teaching Southern Race in the United Kingdom.” South: a scholarly journal, vol. 50 no. 2, 2019, pp. 187-194.
  • Specht, Joshua. “Particularity without Peculiarity: Teaching Southern History in Australia.” South: a scholarly journal, vol. 50 no. 2, 2019, pp. 195-202.
  • Teutsch, Matthew. “Excavating the Roots Beneath Our Feet in the Early American Survey Course.” South: a scholarly journal, vol. 50 no. 2, 2019, pp. 203-211. 
  • Tucker, Terrence T.””Where I Come From It’s Like This”: The African American Lens and the Critical Role of the Local South in Teaching Social Justice.” South: a scholarly journal, vol. 50 no. 2, 2019, pp. 212-224.
  • Vernon, Zackary. “Environmental Pedagogy, Activism, and Literature In The U.S. South.” South: a scholarly journal, vol. 50 no. 2, 2019, pp. 225-235.

South Atlantic Review

  • Johnson, Nicole M. Morris. “Janie’s Gullah/Geechee Seekin Journey in ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’.” South Atlantic Review, vol. 84, no. 1, 2019, pp. 72-90.
  • Ocasio, Rafael. “A Sentimental Abolitionist: George Howe and the Rhode Island-Cuba Slavery Trade.” South Atlantic Review, vol. 84, no. 1, 2019, pp. 1-16.
  • Odom, Michael. “Religious Satire and Narrative Ambiguity in ‘The Known World’.” South Atlantic Review, vol. 84, no. 1, 2019, pp. 91-104.
  • Tanner, Dwight. “‘She Forgot’: Obscuring White Privilege and Colorblindness in Harper Lee’s Novels.” South Atlantic Review, vol. 84, no. 1, 2019, pp. 54-71. 
  • West, Elizabeth J. “Whiteness in African American Antebellum Literature: An Enduring Imprint in the Lived and Literary Black Imagination.” South Atlantic Review, vol. 84, no. 1, 2019, pp. 35-53.

Southern Cultures

  • Bradley, Regina N. & Hsu, Ginnie. “Ghosts in My Blood: Searching for Phill Barkley.” Southern Cultures, vol. 25 no. 1, 2019, pp. 138-145. 
  • Dameron, Délana R. A. “Mason–Dixon Lines: first meeting and the proposal.” Southern Cultures, vol. 24 no. 4, 2018, pp. 121-122. 
  • Farris, Teresa Parker. “Picturing the Road’s End: Art and Environment in the New Deal and New Millennial South.” Southern Cultures, vol. 25 no. 1, 2019, pp. 72-87.
  • Gussow, Adam. “W. C. Handy and the “Birth” of the Blues.” Southern Cultures, vol. 24 no. 4, 2018, pp. 42-68.
  • Gwynn, Melissa. “Southern Lens: Elevating the Ordinary.” Southern Cultures, vol. 24 no. 4, 2018, pp. 24-41. 
  • Hale, Grace Elizabeth. “Signs of Return: Photography as History in the U.S. South.” Southern Cultures, vol. 25 no. 1, 2019, pp. 12-41.
  • Hodges, John Oliver. “Scattered and Sacred: Calling on Agee and Evans in the Reagan Years.” Southern Cultures, vol. 24 no. 4, 2018, pp. 69-86.
  • Kline, Kevin & Schultz, Bruce. “A Stranger to Me.” Southern Cultures, vol. 25 no. 1, 2019, pp. 42-57.
  • McCoy, Meredith L. “We Are Here: Powwow and Higher Education in North Carolina.” Southern Cultures, vol. 24 no. 4, 2018, pp. 105-120.
  • Mohabir, Rajiv. “Drawn and Eastern Bluebird.” Southern Cultures, vol. 25 no. 1, 2019, pp. 146-148.
  • Nichol, Gene. “Losing Carolina.” Southern Cultures, vol. 25 no. 1, 2019, pp. 106-123. 
  • Okie, William Thomas & Stadtlander, Becca. “Amber Waves of Broomsedge.” Southern Cultures, vol. 25 no. 1, 2019, pp. 58-71. 
  • Pilcher, Lauren & Stevens, John. “Replaying a Useful South: Black Women, Midcentury Domesticity, and the Films of the Georgia Department of Public Health.” Southern Cultures, vol. 25 no. 1, 2019, pp. 88-105.
  • Stanonis, Anthony J. & Wallace, Rachel. “Tasting New Orleans: How the Mardi Gras King Cake Came to Represent the Crescent City.” Southern Cultures, vol. 24 no. 4, 2018, pp. 6-23.
  • Sturkey, William. “Race and Reconciliation on the Gulf & Ship Island Railroad.” Southern Cultures, vol. 24 no. 4, 2018, pp. 87-104.
  • Wharton, David. “Between Past and Future: The Momentary Present.” Southern Cultures, vol. 25 no. 1, 2019, pp. 124-137. 
  • Wilson, Charles Reagan & Nelson, Natalie K.”From Bozart to Booming: Considering the Past and Future South.” Southern Cultures, vol. 25 no. 1, 2019, pp. 6-11. 

Southern Spaces

  • Blair, William A. “Black Lives at Arlington National Cemetery: From Slavery to Segregation.” Southern Spaces. 2 April 2019.
  • Solomon, Eric. “Love and Death in Mississippi.”Southern Spaces. 16 August 2018.

Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South

  • Coclanis, Peter A., and W. Fitzhugh Brundage. “Fast-Food Region: Cheap, ‘Energy-Dense’ Eats in a Poor, Unhealthy Part of the United States.” Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South, vol. 25, no. 2, Fall/Winter2018 2018, pp. 1–17.
  • Cooley, Angela Jill. “Burgers in a Hurry: Early Fast Food in Birmingham, Alabama.” Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South, vol. 25, no. 2, Fall/Winter2018 2018, pp. 33–53.
  • Gisolfi, Monica R. “The Southern History of the Chicken McNugget: The Georgia Poultry Industry and the Rise of Fast Food, 1929 to 1983.” Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South, vol. 25, no. 2, Fall/Winter2018 2018, pp. 19–31. 
  • Scherr, Arthur. “Research Note: A Note on Slaves and Guns in Revolutionary Virginia.” Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South, vol. 25, no. 2, Fall/Winter2018 2018, pp. 79–92. 
  • Simon, Bryant. “Chickenization and Public Ill-Health in the American South.” Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South, vol. 25, no. 2, Fall/Winter2018 2018, pp. 55–77. 

Study the South

  • Gardner, Sarah E. “Shame of the Southland: Violence and the Selling of the Visceral South” Study the South. 29 January 2019.
  • Lechner, Zachary J., Darren E. Grem, and Margaret T. Mcgehee. “The South of the Mind: American Imaginings of White Southernness, 1960–1980:” Study the South. 4 March 2019.

Texas Studies in Language and Literature

  • Dowland, Douglas. “The Politics of Resentment in J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy.” Texas Studies in Literature and Language, vol. 61 no. 2, 2019, pp. 116-140.

Xavier Review

  • Adamo, Ralph. “Editor’s Note,” Xavier Review, Vol. 38 (Fall 2018), No.2. p. v.
  • Bonner, Jr., Thomas (guest ed.), “Forward,” Xavier Review, Vol. 38 (Fall 2018), No.2. pp.8-9.
  • Bryan, Rachel. “‘Sitting There Crying Hungry’: Subsistence Economies in Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing, Xavier Review, Vol. 38 (Fall 2018), No.2.pp. 130-139.
  • Doble, Jessica. “Hope in the Apocalypse: Narrative Perspective as Negotiation of Structural Crises in Salvage the Bones,” pp. 51-61.
  • Flores-Silva, Dolores and Keith Cartwright, “The Scaly Bird Sings Remember Me’: Gulf Fiestas of the Dead and Tribalography in Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing,”Xavier Review, Vol. 38 (Fall 2018), No.2. pp. 140-154.
  • Harris, Trudier. “Aborted Rituals of Communion: Food as Drugs and Drugs as Food in Jesmyn Ward’s Where the Line Bleeds,” Xavier Review, Vol. 38 (Fall 2018), No.2. pp. 34-50.
  • Jett, Nova. “Men We Reaped as Testimonio,” Xavier Review, Vol. 38 (Fall 2018), No.2. 95-108.
  • Lienard-Yeterian, Marie. “Review of Sing, Unburied, Sing,” Xavier Review, Vol. 38 (Fall 2018), No.2. pp.164-166.
  • Mitchell, Keith. “‘Bodies Tell Stories,’ Between the Human and the Animal in Salvage the Bones,”Xavier Review, Vol. 38 (Fall 2018), No.2. pp. 62-84.
  • Morris, David Robinson. “Review of Where the Line Bleeds.”Xavier Review, Vol. 38 (Fall 2018), No.2. pp.155-158 
  • Railsback, Brian. “”Somewhere Over Emerson’s Rainbow: Jesmyn Ward’s Terrifying Environmental Vision,” pp. 18-33.
  • Rea, Robert. “Review of Salvage the Bones,” Xavier Review, Vol. 38 (Fall 2018), No.2. pp.159-160.
  • Ryer, James. “Review of The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks ofRace,”Xavier Review, Vol. 38 (Fall 2018), No.2. pp.167-169.
  • Teel, Cherylon. “Review of Men We Reaped,” Xavier Review, Vol. 38 (Fall 2018), No.2. pp.161-163.
  • Tuman, Jeremy. “Unforeseeable: Student Engagement with Salvage the Bones,”Xavier Review, Vol. 38 (Fall 2018), No.2. pp.124-129.
  • Vander, Robin G. (guest ed.), “Afterword,” Xavier Review, Vol. 38 (Fall 2018), No.2. pp. 170-172. 
  • Ward, Jesmyn. “Prologue to Men We Reaped,” Xavier Review, Vol. 38 (Fall 2018), No.2. pp.10-15.
  • Washington, Sondra Bickham. “‘Who Will Deliver Me?’: Black Girlhood in a Man’s World in Salvage the Bones,” Xavier Review, Vol. 38 (Fall 2018), No.2. pp. 85-94
  • Whiteside, Briana. “‘He Wanted More for Himself, But He Didn’t Know How to Get It’: Notions of Masculinity in a Maximum-Security Prison,” Xavier Review, Vol. 38 (Fall 2018), No.2. pp. 109-123.

Academic Presses


  • Gruesser, John Cullen. Edgar Allan Poe and His Nineteenth-Century American Counterparts. Bloomsbury Academic, 2019.

Cambridge UP

  • JohnsonT. R., ed. New Orleans: A Literary History.Cambridge University Press, 2019.
  • Nowlin, Michael.Literary Ambition and the African American Novel. Cambridge University Press, 2020.
  • Quentin, Miller, D. James Baldwin in Context. Cambridge University Press, 2019.

Catholic University of America Press

  • Desmond, John F. Fyodor Dostoevsky, Walker Percy, and the Age of Suicide. Catholic University of America Press, 2019. 

Chicago UP

  • Bost, Darius. Evidence of Being: The Black Gay Cultural Renaissance and the Politics of Violence. Chicago UP, 2019.

Duke UP

  • Johnson, E. Patrick. Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women. Duke UP, 2019.
  • King, Tiffany Lethabo. The Black Shoals: Offshore Formations of Black and Native Studies. Duke UP, 2019.
  • Rifkin, Mark. Fictions of Land and Flesh: Blackness, Indigeneity, Speculation. Duke UP, 2019.
  • Smith, Andrea. Unreconciled: From Racial Reconciliation to Racial Justice in Christian Evangelicalism.Duke UP, 2019.
  • Thomas, Deborah A. Political Life in the Wake of the Plantation: Sovereignty, Witnessing, Repair. Duke UP, 2019.


  • Preher, Gérald, Frédérique Spill and MarieLiénard-Yétérian, eds.”The Wagon Moves”: New Essays on William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. L’Harmattan, 2018. 

Louisiana State UP

  • Aiello, Thomas. Jim Crow’s Last Stand: Nonunanimous Criminal Jury Verdicts in Louisiana. Louisiana State University Press, updated edition, 2019.
  • Barker, Deborah E. and Theresa Starkey, eds. Detecting the South in Fiction, Film, and Television. Louisiana State University Press, 2019.
  • Boelhower, William. Atlantic Studies: Prospects and Challenges. Louisiana State University Press, 2019.
  • Brooks, Ross A. The Visible Confederacy: Images and Objects in the Civil War South. Louisiana State University Press, 2019.
  • Chambers, Glenn A. From the Banana Zones to the Big Easy: West Indian and Central American Immigration to New Orleans, 1910–1940. Louisiana State University Press, 2019.
  • Clark, Emily, Cécile Vidal and Ibrahima Thioub, eds. New Orleans, Louisiana, and Saint-Louis, Senegal: Mirror Cities in the Atlantic World, 1659-2000s. Louisiana State University Press, 2019.
  • Eichhorn, Niels. Liberty and Slavery: European Separatists, Southern Secession, and the American Civil War. Louisiana State University Press, 2019.
  • Hoffman, Paul E. Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, 1860–1919: A History. Louisiana State University Press, 2019.
  • Jumonville, Florence M. Spreading the Gospel of Books: Essae M. Culver and the Genesis of Louisiana Parish Libraries. Louisiana State University Press, 2019.
  • Lowenthal, Larry. A Yankee Regiment in Confederate Louisiana: The 31st Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in the Gulf South. Louisiana State University Press, 2019.
  • Myers, Joshua. “Grave Nature: Caroline Lee Hentz’s Dead Slaves and the Eco-Dystopia of the Old South.” Ecocriticism and the Future of Southern Studies, edited by Zackary Vernon, Louisiana State UP, 2019. 
  • Petty, Adam H. The Battle of the Wilderness in Myth and Memory: Reconsidering Virginia’s Most Notorious Civil War Battlefield. Louisiana State University Press, 2019.
  • Pfeffer, Miki, ed. A New Orleans Author in Mark Twain’s Court: Letters from Grace King’s New England Sojourn. Louisiana State University Press, 2019.
  • Prior, David. Between Freedom and Progress: The Lost World of Reconstruction Politics. Louisiana State University Press, 2019.
  • Reese, Sam V. H. Blue Notes: Jazz, Literature, and Loneliness. Louisiana State University Press, 2019.
  • Sayre, Jillian J. Mourning the Nation to Come: Creole Nativism in Nineteenth-Century American Literatures.Louisiana State University Press, 2019.
  • Smith, Thomas Ruys. Deep Water: The Mississippi River in the Age of Mark Twain. Louisiana State University Press, 2019.
  • Vernon, Zackary, ed. Ecocriticism and the Future of Southern Studies. Louisiana State University Press, 2019.
  • Zvengrowski, Jeffrey. Jefferson Davis, Napoleonic France, and the Nature of Confederate Ideology, 1815-1870. Louisiana State University Press, 2019.


  • Gentry, Marshall Bruce. “Becoming a Middle Georgia Writer: Rethinking the Influence of Carson McCullers and Erskine Caldwell on Flannery O’Connor.” Middle Georgia and the Approach of Modernity: Essays on Race, Culture and Daily Life, 1885-1945, edited by Fred R. van Hartesveldt. McFarland, 2018, pp. 105-20.  
  • Roark, Jarrod. Mark Twain at the Gallows: Crime and Justice in His Western Writing, 1861–1873. McFarland, 2019.
  • Snodgrass, Mary Ellen. Lee Smith: A Literary Companion. McFarland, 2019.

Mercer University Press

  • Bennett, Thomas Peter. Florida Explored: The Philadelphia Connection in Bartram’s Tracks. Mercer University Press, 2019.
  • Roper, Jack. The Last Orator for the Millhands: William Jennings Bryan Dorn, 1916-2005. Mercer University Press, 2019.
  • Starr, Charlie. From Macon to Jacksonville: More Conversations in Southern Rock. Mercer University Press, 2018.
  • Whitt, Jan. Untold Stories, Unheard Voices, Truman Capote and In Cold Blood. Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 2019.

Ohio State UP

  • Jenkins, Jerry Rafiki. The Paradox of Blackness in African American Vampire Fiction. Ohio State UP, 2019
  • Lavender, III, Isiah. Afrofuturism Rising: The Literary Prehistory of a Movement. Ohio State UP, 2019
  • Mccormick, Stacie Selmon. Staging Black Fugitivity. Ohio State UP, 2019

Oxford UP

  • Mangrum, Benjamin. Land of Tomorrow: Postwar Fiction and the Crisis of American Liberalism. Oxford UP, 2018
  • Moore, Sean D. Slavery and the Making of Early American Libraries: British Literature, Political Thought, and the Transatlantic Book Trade, 1731-1814. Oxford UP, 2019


  • Gentry, Marshall Bruce. “Criminal Neglect in Flannery O’Connor’s Fiction.” The Centrality of Crime Fiction in American Literary Culture. Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature. Edited by Alfred Bendixen and Olivia Carr Edenfield. New York: Routledge, 2017, pp. 185-206. Available as e-book.  

Southeast Missouri State UP

  • Rieger, Christopher, and Andrew B. Leiter, editors. Faulkner and Hemingway. Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2018.

U of Alabama P

  • Bauman, Mark K. A New Vision of Southern Jewish History: Studies in Institution Building, Leadership, Interaction, and Mobility. The University of Alabama Press, 2019.
  • Rindfleisch, Bryan C. George Galphin’s Intimate Empire: The Creek Indians, Family, and Colonialism in Early America.The University of Alabama Press, 2019.

U of California P

  • Laurent, Sylvie. King and the Other America: The Poor People’s Campaign and the Quest for Economic Equality. University of California Press, 2019.
  • Stallings, L.H. A Dirty South Manifesto: Sexual Resistance and Imagination in the New South.University of California Press, 2019. 

U of Florida P

  • Ardalan, Christine. The Public Health Nurses of Jim Crow Florida.University Press of Florida, 2019.
  • Delerm, Simone. Latino Orlando: Suburban Transformation and Racial Conflict.University Press of Florida, 2020.
  • Martel, Heather. Deadly Virtue: Fort Caroline and the Early Protestant Roots of American Whiteness.University Press of Florida, 2019.
  • Odom, Brian C. and Stephen P. Waring, eds. NASA and the Long Civil Rights Movement.University Press of Florida, 2019.

U of Georgia P

  • Blanton, Dennis B. Conquistador’s Wake: Tracking the Legacy of Hernando de Soto in the Indigenous Southeast. University of Georgia Press, 2019.
  • Child, Benjamin S. The Whole Machinery: The Rural Modern in Cultures of the U.S. South, 1890–1946. University of Georgia Press, 2019.
  • Crawford, Vicki L. and Lewis V. Baldwin, eds. Reclaiming the Great World House: The Global Vision of Martin Luther King Jr. University of Georgia Press, 2019.
  • Daniels, Maurice C. Ground Crew: The Fight to End Segregation at Georgia State. University of Georgia Press, 2019.
  • Denmark, Lisa L. Savannah’s Midnight Hour: Boosterism, Growth, and Commerce in a Nineteenth-Century American City. University of Georgia Press, 2019.
  • Diffley, Kathleen and Benjamin Fagan, eds. Visions of Glory:The Civil War in Word and Image. University of Georgia Press, 2019.
  • Evans, Jedidiah. Look Abroad, Angel: Thomas Wolfe and the Geographies of Longing. University of Georgia Press, 2019.
  • Frank, Lisa Tendrich and Leeann Whites, eds. Household War: How Americans Lived and Fought the Civil War. University of Georgia Press, 2019.
  • Franklin, Sekou M. and Ray Block Jr. Losing Power: African Americans and Racial Polarization in Tennessee Politics. University of Georgia Press, 2019.
  • Harvey, Paul. Southern Religion in the World: Three Stories. University of Georgia Press, 2019.
  • Joseph M. Beilein Jr., ed. William Gregg’s Civil War: The Battle to Shape the History of Guerrilla Warfare. University of Georgia Press, 2019.
  • Langley, Lester D. The Long American Revolution and Its Legacy. University of Georgia Press, 2019.
  • Mclarney, Rose, Laura-Gray Street, and L. L. Gaddy, eds. A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia. University of Georgia Press, 2019.
  • Nevins, Andrea Shaw. Working Juju; Representations of the Caribbean Fantastic. University of Georgia Press, 2019.
  • Neviu, Marcus P. City of Refuge: Slavery and Petit Marronage in the Great Dismal Swamp, 1763–1856. University of Georgia Press, 2019.
  • Patton, Randall L. Lockheed, Atlanta, and the Struggle for Racial Integration. University of Georgia Press, 2019.
  • Stanton, Mary. Red, Black, White: The Alabama Communist Party, 1930–1950. University of Georgia Press, 2019.

U of Illinois P

  • Butler, Melvin L. Island Gospel: Pentecostal Music and Identity in Jamaica and the United States. University of Illinois Press, 2019.
  • Goldsmith, Thomas. Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown: The Making of an American Classic. University of Illinois Press, 2019.
  • Marini, Stephen A. The Cashaway Psalmody: Transatlantic Religion and Music in Colonial Carolina. University of Illinois Press, 2020.
  • Patterson, Robert J., ed. Black Cultural Production after Civil Rights. University of Illinois Press, 2019.
  • Whiteis, David. Blues Legacy: Tradition and Innovation in Chicago. University of Illinois Press, 2019.

UP of Mississippi

  • Baptiste, Bala James. Race and Radio: Pioneering Black Broadcasters in New Orleans.University Press of Mississippi, 2019.
  • Boteler, Lovejoy. Crooked Snake The Life and Crimes of Albert Lepard. University Press of Mississippi, 2019.
  • Bronner, Simon J. The Practice of Folklore: Essays toward a Theory of Tradition. University Press of Mississippi, 2019.
  • Brosman, Catharine Savage and Olivia McNeely Pass. Louisiana Poets: A Literary Guide. University Press of Mississippi, 2019.
  • Cugny, Laurent. Analysis of Jazz: A Comprehensive Approach.University Press of Mississippi, 2019.
  • Dajko, Nathalie and Shana Walton. Language in Louisiana: Community and Culture. University Press of Mississippi, 2019.
  • Gaudet, Marcia. Ernest J. Gaines: Conversations.University Press of Mississippi, 2019.
  • Harper, Ryan P. The Gaithers and Southern Gospel: Homecoming in the Twenty-First Century.University Press of Mississippi, 2019.
  • Harriel, Shelby. Behind the Rifle: Women Soldiers in Civil War Mississippi.University Press of Mississippi, 2019.
  • Maus, Derek C., editor. Conversations with Colson Whitehead.University Press of Mississippi, 2019.
  • Ore, Ersula J. Lynching: Violence, Rhetoric, and American Identity. University Press of Mississippi, 2019.
  • Ranney, Joseph A. A Legal History of Mississippi: Race, Class, and the Struggle for Opportunity. University Press of Mississippi, 2019.
  • Southard, Bjørn F. Stillion. Peculiar Rhetoric: Slavery, Freedom, and the African Colonization Movement. University Press of Mississippi, 2019.
  • Taylor, Christin Marie. Labor Pains: New Deal Fictions of Race, Work, and Sex in the South. University Press of Mississippi, 2019.
  • Turner, Tammy L. Dick Waterman: A Life in Blues. University Press of Mississippi, 2019.
  • Wade, Leslie A., Robin Roberts and Frank de Caro. Downtown Mardi Gras New Carnival Practices in Post-Katrina New Orleans. University Press of Mississippi, 2019.
  • Watson, Jay and James G. Thomas, Jr., eds. Faulkner and Money.University Press of Mississippi, 2019.
  • Wilson, Clive. Time of My Life: A Jazz Journey from London to New Orleans.University Press of Mississippi, 2019.

U of Minnesota P

  • Jenkins, Candice M. Black Bourgeois: Class and Sex in the Flesh. University of Minnesota Press, 2019.

U of North Carolina P

  • Ash, Stephen V. Rebel Richmond: Life and Death in the Confederate Capital.University of North Carolina Press, 2019.
  • Brown, Thomas J. Civil War Monuments and the Militarization of America.University of North Carolina Press, 2019.
  • Chase, Robert T. We Are Not Slaves: State Violence, Coerced Labor, and Prisoners’ Rights in Postwar America. University of North Carolina Press, 2019.
  • Downs, Gregory P. The Second American Revolution: The Civil War-Era Struggle over Cuba and the Rebirth of the American Republic.University of North Carolina Press, 2019.
  • Dubois, Laurent and Richard Lee Turits. Freedom Roots: Histories from the Caribbean. University of North Carolina Press, 2019.
  • Glymph, Thavolia. The Women’s Fight: The Civil War’s Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation. University of North Carolina Press, 2019.
  • Herman, Bernard L. A South You Never Ate: Savoring Flavors and Stories from the Eastern Shore of Virginia. University of North Carolina Press, 2019.
  • Huffard, R. Scott, Jr. Engines of Redemption: Railroads and the Reconstruction of Capitalism in the New South. University of North Carolina Press, 2019.
  • Kutzle, Evan A. Living by Inches: The Smells, Sounds, Tastes, and Feeling of Captivity in Civil War Prisons. University of North Carolina Press, 2019.
  • Levin, Kevin M. Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth.University of North Carolina Press, 2019.
  • Ludington, Charles C. and Matthew Morse Booker, eds. Food Fights: How History Matters to Contemporary Food Debates.University of North Carolina Press, 2019.
  • Niedermeier, Silvan. The Color of the Third Degree: Racism, Police Torture, and Civil Rights in the American South, 1930–1955. Paul Cohen, translator. University of North Carolina Press, 2019.
  • Pearlman, Lauren. Democracy’s Capital: Black Political Power in Washington, D.C., 1960s–1970s.University of North Carolina Press, 2019.
  • Pierce, Daniel S. Tar Heel Lightnin’: How Secret Stills and Fast Cars Made North Carolina the Moonshine Capital of the World. University of North Carolina Press, 2019.
  • Summers, Brandi Thompson. Black in Place: The Spatial Aesthetics of Race in a Post-Chocolate City. University of North Carolina Press, 2019.
  • Taylor, Keeanga-Yamahtta. Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership.University of North Carolina Press, 2019.
  • White, Derrick E. Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Jake Gaither, Florida A&M, and the History of Black College Football.University of North Carolina Press, 2019.
  • White, Sophie. Voices of the Enslaved: Love, Labor, and Longing in French Louisiana. University of North Carolina Press, 2019.

U of South Carolina P

  • Crank, James A. Understanding Randall Kenan. University of South Carolina Press, 2019.
  • DeGuzmán, María. Understanding John Rechy. University of South Carolina Press, 2019.
  • Dudley, Marc K. Understanding James Baldwin.University of South Carolina Press, 2019.
  • Gravely, William B. They Stole Him Out of Jail: Willie Earle, South Carolina’s Last Lynching Victim. University of South Carolina Press, 2019.
  • Jensen, Kipton E. Howard Thurman: Philosophy, Civil Rights, and the Search for Common Ground. University of South Carolina Press, 2019.
  • Johnson, Thomas L. and Phillip C. Dunn, eds. A True Likeness: The Black South of Richard Samuel Roberts, 1920–1936. University of South Carolina Press, 2019.
  • Maus, Derek C. Jesting in Earnest: Percival Everett and Menippean Satire. University of South Carolina Press, 2019.
  • Peeler, Jodie. Ben Robertson: South Carolina Journalist and Author. University of South Carolina Press, 2019.
  • Spill, Frédérique. The Radiance of Small Things in Ron Rash’s Writing. University of South Carolina Press, 2019.
  • Tyler, Lisa. Understanding Marsha Norman. University of South Carolina Press, 2019.

U of Tennessee P

  • Birdwell, Michael E. Tennessee’s Experience during the First World War.University of Tennessee Press, 2019.
  • Chandler, Gena E. The Wanderer in African American Literature. University of Tennessee Press, 2019.
  • Lee, Dan. General Hylan B. Lyon: A Kentucky Confederate and the War in the West.University of Tennessee Press, 2019.
  • Moore, Christopher C. Apostle of the Lost Cause: J. Williams Jones, Baptists, and the Development of Confederate Memory.University of Tennessee Press, 2019.
  • Reutter, Cheli and Jonathan S. Cullick, eds. Mockingbird Grows Up: Re-Reading Harper Lee since Watchman. University of Tennessee Press, 2019.
  • Robinson, Edward J. Hard-Fighting Soldiers: A History of African American Churches of Christ.University of Tennessee Press, 2019.
  • Scales, T. Laine and Melody Maxwell. Doing the Word:Southern Baptists’ Carver School of Church Social Work and Its Predecessors, 1907–1997.University of Tennessee Press, 2019.
  • Vines, Georgiana. East Tennessee Newsmakers: Where Are They Now?.University of Tennessee Press, 2019.

U of Virginia P

  • Casteel, Sarah Phillips and Heidi Kaufman, eds. Caribbean Jewish Crossings: Literary History and Creative Practice. University of Virginia Press, 2019.
  • Castro, Anne Margaret. The Sacred Act of Reading: Spirituality, Performance, and Power in Afro-Diasporic Literature. University of Virginia Press, 2020.
  • Dill, Elizabeth. Erotic Citizens: Sex and the Embodied Subject in the Antebellum Novel.University of Virginia Press, 2019.
  • Hellman, Caroline Chamberlin. Children of the Raven and the Whale: Visions and Revisions in American Literature. University of Virginia Press, 2019.
  • Maley, Patrick. After August:Blues, August Wilson, and American Drama. University of Virginia Press, 2019.
  • May, Robert E. Yuletide in Dixie: Slavery, Christmas, and Southern Memory. University of Virginia Press, 2019.
  • McInnis, Maurie D. and Louis P. Nelson, eds. Educated in Tyranny: Slavery at Thomas Jefferson’s University.University of Virginia Press, 2019.
  • Morrison, Toni. Goodness and the Literary Imagination: Harvard’s 95th Ingersoll Lecture with Essays on Morrison’s Moral and Religious Vision. David Carrasco, Stephanie Paulsell, and Mara Willard, eds. University of Virginia Press, 2019.
  • Penner, Erin. Character and Mourning: Woolf, Faulkner, and the Novel Elegy of the First World War.University of Virginia Press, 2019.
  • Tarter, Brent. Gerrymanders: How Redistricting Has Protected Slavery, White Supremacy, and Partisan Minorities in Virginia.University of Virginia Press, 2019.

About the Contributors

Amy King is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Center for the Study of the American South & Department of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Lisa Hinrichsen is Associate Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Arkansas. She is the author of Possessing the Past: Trauma, Imagination, and Memory in Post-Plantation Southern Literature (LSUP, 2015) and co-editor, along with Gina Caison and Stephanie Rountree, Small-Screen Souths: Region, Identity, and the Cultural Politics of Television (LSUP, 2017).

Joshua Ryan Jackson is a PhD student at Georgia State University. He came to southern studies during his BA at Sewanee: The University of the South and his MA at the University of Arkansas, where he wrote and published about the novels of Cormac McCarthy. His academic research interests include speculative narratives of region in nineteenth and twenty-first centuries, and he has a particular interest in how the U.S. South is marketed.

Gayle Fallon is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English at Louisiana State University. Her work focuses on the communal production of safe spaces for socially deviant individuals in late medieval European literature. She is also interested in linguistics, semiotics, and the digital humanities.

Kelly Vines has served as the MA Representative and the President of the ESO executive council. She now serves as the organization’s Past-President Advisor. She is a PhD Candidate and former Assistant Director of the University Writing Program at Louisiana State University. As a member of the ESO executive council, she is dedicated to providing emerging scholars with the necessary tools to succeed in their professional endeavors, facilitating communication and collaboration between southern studies scholars across our disparate geographies, making the SSSL and southern studies a more welcoming place for emerging scholars, and advocating on behalf of emerging scholars in political realms. She is the recipient of a dissertation fellowship from the American Association of University Women, and she is currently working on her dissertation, “Post-Plantation Entanglements: Bodies, Objects, and Landscapes in U.S. and South African Literature and Culture,” which questions how, why, and to what effect contemporary authors, artists, and tourists move through or re-inhabit plantations in symbolic and material ways. Her work has been published in the North Carolina Literary Review and Mississippi Quarterly. In addition to her more traditional academic work, she also co-produces About South, a podcast about the South: www.aboutsouthpodcast.com.

Will Murray is Postdoctoral Fellow at Baylor University. His work can be found in American Studies, Mississippi QuarterlyEudora Welty ReviewCEA Critic, and the South Carolina Review. In his dissertation, he explored how post-1975 narratives, from and about the South, use the region to project and protect white innocence. Will is also a member of the ESO Executive Council, where he serves as Projects Chair.