Volume 54, Issue 1
July 2020

Message from SSSL’s President

– Gina Caison

I realize that this newsletter comes to your inboxes at an eventful time. Like many of you, I find myself vacillating between periods of overwhelming distress and moments of profound hope as we all navigate so many changes at the same time. As of this moment of writing, I am deeply concerned about what is on the horizon for academic labor as we negotiate plans for fall instruction with our home institutions, and I am also encouraged as we see multiple monuments to racism finally come down across the country. On a more personal level, the impressively large voter turnout in Georgia’s primary election fills me with optimism, and the fact that I witnessed first-hand the unconstitutionally bad conditions to cast my vote hangs a shadow of dread across that sunny emotion. 

These are not issues divorced from what we do in SSSL. As scholars who study the South — both the U.S. and the Global and all the iterations between and beyond — we know all too well the histories of disease, labor, disenfranchisement, policing, and racism are neither in the past (to come perilously close to quoting Faulkner in my first newsletter as President) nor mutually exclusive. Rather, they are mutually constitutive. Studying the literature and other cultural productions of the region requires a deft understanding of how to hold these things, along with many others, in view and make these issues legible for students and the larger public. 

Thus, I am turning the second half of this column over to reprinting the statement on police brutality and protests that the organization released in the first week of June. It was co-written by members of the Leadership Council and approved in accordance with the bylaws on June 6th. I am committed to making good on this statement as we enact the following plans: reviewing our supporting financial investments to determine how to divest from any institution whose mission conflicts with our values; developing plans for a radically ethical 2022 conference in Atlanta; composing a set of concrete institutional measures to ensure that BIPOC scholars are supported within the organization; and continuing to work with the ESO to develop strategies to support graduate student, emergent, and contingent colleagues. I welcome members to contact me at [email protected] with ideas regarding these initiatives or other areas where you think SSSL might grow into the organization we want it to be. 

And one last, incredibly important thing, before I leave you: I want to welcome our new Executive Council members: Constance Bailey, Frank Cha, Jaime Harker, and Christin Taylor. I thank the nominating committee, Qiana Whitted (Chair), Sherita Johnson, and Brannon Costello for their work. I also welcome the new members of the Investments Committee: Matt Dischinger, Jenna Scuito, and Eric Solomon, and I thank Monica Miller for her continued work as Secretary / Treasurer. 


Gina Caison

SSSL Statement on Public Protests & Police Brutality

The Society for the Study of Southern Literature condemns the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, David McAtee, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, and too many others. We condemn the long history of brutality, extra-legal and extrajudicial violence, as well as so-called legal and judicial violence committed by those who seek to police the lives and freedom of Black individuals. We support the protests that highlight these injustices, we stand with the Black Lives Matter movement, and we call for our colleagues in academia and publishing who have not already explicitly done so to join us in this support. 

In all endeavors, SSSL is committed to social equality and critical and rigorous discourse about the U.S. South. We are an anti-racist organization that contests white supremacy, including Confederate apologism and all institutions and forms of violence used to maintain racial hierarchies, inequality, and injustice. We recognize that the incidents of police violence that have instigated the current uprising — as well as the police brutality that has met protesters in cities such as Louisville and Atlanta — are not new, but are a part of the history of policing in the region and the nation. The racism and anti-Blackness that these events highlight is bound up with the histories of enslavement, Indigenous removal, lynching, segregation, voter suppression, redlining, attacks on immigration, and mass incarceration. Literature of the U.S. South is intertwined with these histories, and as literary and cultural studies scholars, we are responsible for confronting this country’s past and teaching with accuracy and honesty. 

We know that racism and anti-Blackness are maintained daily through the protection and glorification of Confederate monuments and other symbols of the Confederacy. As scholars who study the literature, culture, and history of the U.S. South, we pledge to continue to educate the public about the ideologically and materially harmful effects that such symbols of white supremacy produce and the need to remove them from public spaces. We call for their immediate removal from college campuses and other institutions of higher learning as well as all public spaces. 

We are an organization comprised of scholars from diverse racial, ethnic, and national backgrounds. We are committed to providing a welcoming and safe scholarly home to scholars who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color. We will not tolerate work or rhetoric that seeks to undermine the voices or devalue the scholarship of BIPOC. In the coming months, we are committed to developing concrete plans to ensure that SSSL meets the explicit needs of BIPOC scholars, students, and colleagues. 

Because we study the South, we also recognize that this is not a new moment nor is it one isolated to the region we examine. As such, we are committed to working with our colleagues in other scholarly organizations to foster conversations about how these events affect our respective regions and what we can do to address these issues in our scholarly work and in our daily lives. We are dedicated to continuing to identify antiracist practices and implement them in our organization.

We join with our affiliate, the Emerging Scholars Organization, whose statement can be found here and includes their own specific recommendations, to recommit our organization to work that examines the heterogeneity of both the past and present South and that considers the borders of the region in expansive ways. Together, we support others who advocate for diversity, community, inclusivity, and equality. We are grateful to the ESO for providing concrete resources for education in their statement, and we are proud to support this important work.

Grounded in anti-racist ideology and practice, SSSL will continue its work as an organization to promote justice and social equality. It is our hope that the individual members of SSSL also will be voices for antiracism on their campuses, in their classrooms, and within their professional circles. We encourage members to hold accountable their home institutions regarding policies on campus policing in order to ensure that higher education is a safe environment for BIPOC students and workers. As scholar-teachers with educational capital, we have a responsibility — individually and collectively — to shape our university cultures and our academic field in ways that lead to dismantling systemic racism and the structures that sustain it. The Society for the Study of Southern Literature pledges to continue in this endeavor as an organization and to support its individual members in their work to this end.

Approved by the Leadership Council of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature in accordance with the bylaws on June 6, 2020.

ESO Statement Against Police Violence

The Executive Council of the Emerging Scholars Organization, an affiliate of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature, expresses its full support for the nation-wide protests against police violence and systemic racism. We recognize that the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, David McAtee and others represent the latest tragic moments in a long history of state and extra-legal violence against Black people, while the violent suppression of protests reflects the ongoing devaluation of Black life. We call on our members to teach the full extent of this history to their students, grapple with its implications in their research and service, and commit to fostering a generation of scholars in southern studies who work to rid our discipline, institutions and communities of anti-Blackness.

In the short term, we encourage our members to take concrete steps in the coming days to amplify the work of bail funds and mutual aid efforts in our communities and to support Black-owned businesses. We also affirm our support as a Council for the abolition of police forces on college and university campuses and encourage individual members to join us in signing this Statement  Against State Terror and Call for the Termination of University-Police Relations. Finally, we urge members who are participating in protests to protect their own safety and the safety of other protestors, including exercising your right to film police misconduct ethically and responsibly.

Dismantling white supremacy is the work of southern studies research, teaching, scholarship, and community. We call on everyone in the field to join this ongoing struggle. If you know of any specific resources or causes that the ESO can use its platform to amplify, please get in touch with us at  [email protected].

In Solidarity,

Garrett Bridger Gilmore, Will Murray, Joshua Ryan Jackson, Delia Byrnes, William Palmer, Elizabeth Gardner, Kristin Teston, and Kelly Vines on behalf of the Emerging Scholars Organization

Note from the Editor

– Amy King

This issue of the Society’s newsletter is meant to help members connect and build on the Society’s and Emerging Scholars Organization’s statements against police violence and for antiracist practices. 

Above, you will find calls to action and avenues to engage in ethical, antiracist work inside and beyond SSSL. Below, you will find more opportunities to connect, such as joining the ESO’s efforts to elect new Executive Council members who are committed to this work. 

ESO Update and Call for Nominations

– Elizabeth Gardner

Dear Fellow SSSL Members, 

As we begin the process for electing a new ESO Executive Council, I want to first thank Delia Byrnes, Garrett Gilmore, Josh Jackson, Will Murray, Will Palmer, and Kristin Teston for all their hard work while serving as Executive Council Members. I also want to thank Kelly Vines for her dedication and guidance in her role as Past President Advisor. Together, we have worked to encourage and support emerging scholars in all of their endeavors. 

I am proud of all the work the ESO has done over its 2018-2020 term, and I am particularly grateful for the collaborative culture of this Executive Council. Some of the ESO’s accomplishments from the last two years include our presence at regional conferences, such as our SAMLA roundtable, co-hosted with Medieval and Renaissance Interdisciplinary Studies at LSU, to address race and racism in Medieval studies and studies of the U.S. South. We also took our presence at conferences as opportunities to serve our communities at large, and at SASA in 2019 we held a book drive benefiting the Day League, an Atlanta organization that supports and empowers survivors of sexual violence. The ESO also strives to advocate for emerging scholars in political realms, and in 2020 we worked with AFT Academics to co-host a workshop called Union Organizing 101. These are just a few of the many projects this Executive Council has undertaken during its term, and I want to again thank my fellow Council members for all their hard work. I also want to thank all of the established scholars who have supported the ESO’s mission and help make projects like the ones listed above possible.

Now, however, it is time to elect a new Executive Council. We have six (6) council seats to fill, where one (1) is reserved for an MA student. We welcome nominations, including self-nominations, of “emerging scholars” (self-defined by the candidate) who are interested in serving on the ESO’s 2020-2022 Executive Council. Their term will run from August 2020 until the next SSSL Conference in 2022. If a candidate is selected for the MA position, they will serve through the 2024 conference.

Nominations should be emailed to me at [email protected]  by Monday, July 20, 2020Please include the candidate’s name, academic affiliation, rank, and email address. Candidates will also be asked to write a 100-200 word Statement of Candidacy, including the candidate’s biographical information and their goals for their term on the Executive Council. Candidates who self-nominate can include this Statement in their nomination email. Candidates nominated by a third-party will receive an email confirming their candidacy and requesting this Statement. 

The election will be facilitated in late July. The new council will be chosen in a process that uses both the popular vote of ESO members and the discretion of an ad hoc election committee. While the majority of the new Executive Council will still be chosen by direct election, in the case of ties or other extenuating circumstances, an ad hoc council will meet to select the final Council members. We have modified the election process in this way for two reasons. First, we want to ensure that the ESO’s values of expanding representation and agency within southern studies are reflected in the makeup of the incoming Executive Council. Second, we want to encourage the candidacy of nominees who may come from institutions without robust southern studies programs but who still work in the field and are deeply invested in the ESO’s mission. We hope to announce the new Executive Council no later than the first week of August. 

Please contact me directly at [email protected] with any questions, and thank you, again, to the entire SSSL community for continuing to support the Emerging Scholars Organization. 


Elizabeth Gardner


The Society for the Study of Southern Literature is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2019 C. Hugh Holman Award is Gina Caison’s Red States: Indigeneity, Settler Colonialism, and Southern Studies, published by the University of Georgia Press. 

Honorable Mention: Martyn Bone’s Where the New World Is: Literature about the U.S. South at Global Scales (University of Georgia Press, 2018). 

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. Given annually, the award honors the best book of literary scholarship or literary criticism in the field of southern literature during a given calendar year. 

Judges for the 2019 Holman Award commend Gina Caison’s excavation of the Native South, using a conceptual model of the “red state” in its geographical, temporal, political, and ontological dimensions that is unusually rich, complex, and versatile. Caison demonstrates how a sense of belonging (rights and rituals) is traceable through time via “competing claims to narrative order” and that the occupation and possession of space (“Indigenous land claims”) complicate any identification(s) of southernness. 

Red States is organized in an original, effective way: neither chronologically nor writer by writer but thematically across the “five R’s” of recovery, revolution, removal, resistance, and resilience. Much to her credit, the author’s argument is threaded seamlessly through a layered history of complicated race relations and an analysis of various cultural productions. Caison covers an enormous amount of historical ground with a spiraling sense of temporality she gleans from Native histories and cosmologies. 

That Caison travels back and forth to colonial origins of the U.S. South / regionalism and concentrates on pre-Civil War constructs of southernness is noteworthy since the field today— still—rests solidly on the postbellum origins of whiteness. Thus, reading “spirals” of southern narratives across time challenges periodization. The Holman Committee agrees that Red States is indeed field shifting, considering Gina Caison’s use of indigeneity as methodology; the “red state,” as a thick theoretical account of a powerful discursive formation, is going to have a future life in southern studies. 

The Holman Award comes with a plaque and a $1,000 check, which SSSL will present to Professor Caison at the Modern Language Association conference in January 2021. 

For more information about book nominations and eligibility for the 2020 Holman Award, please see the SSSL website: https://southernlit.org/hugh-holman-award/. 

Holman Award Committee (2019-2020) 

Sherita L. Johnson (chair), University of Southern Mississippi 

Keith Cartwright, University of North Florida 

Jay Watson, University of Mississippi


Pop Souths: Scandalizing the Region

Keeping with SAMLA 92’s theme, the Emerging Scholars Organization (ESO) seeks abstracts linking souths that capture the popular imagination, provoking and exposing both region and nation. We are interested in exploring how popular narratives from and about “the South” scandalize the United States, how scandalous narratives from and about the United States popularize different souths, as well as how people from regions around the world enjoy being scandalized by the South. How do peoples’ conceptions of “the South” as both a maker and breaker of rules shed light on intersections of race, gender, and sexuality? How do popular stories about regions help us better understand national nuances of lived experience and personal identity at global scales? We welcome submissions focusing on a wide range of perspectives, but we are especially interested in work that queries long-established views of “the solid South,” which is so often characterized as white, cisgender, heterosexual, able-bodied, and agrarian. We will give special consideration to papers that discuss a wide range of popular media or authors who use popular media to re-write perceived “norms” of race, gender, and sexuality across and beyond the region.

While all papers should consider the topic of souths and popular media, the ESO is especially interested in the following topics:

  • Queer or Quare Souths
  • Social (Media) Souths
  • True Crime and the South
  • Streaming Souths
  • Blues, Rock & Roll, Soul, and Hip Hop souths
  • Sensational and Sentimental Literature about the South
  • Slavery, Racial Terror, and Mass Incarceration in the South
  • Radio, Television, and the Long Civil Rights Movement Beyond the South
  • Online Media, Region, and Electoral Politics
  • Journalism and Marketing about the South
  • Disability and Accessibility across Souths
  • Global South, Appalachian South, or Circum-Caribbean Souths
  • Playing the South: Video Games and Southern Studies
  • Souths in Memes and Meme Culture

While the ESO is an affiliate of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature, we welcome participants inside and outside of southern studies, as well as those who have wide-ranging conceptions of both “Pop” and “South.” Please send 500-word proposals and A/V requirements to [email protected] by July 15, 2020.

Special issue of The Global South: “The Global South and/in the Plantationocene”

Deadline for abstracts:  August 21, 2020

According to the United Nations’ environmental risk index, a by-country report on the effects of global climate change, the inhabitants, locales, and economies of global south nations will be disproportionally affected as global warming intensifies. Many of these nations are projected to be hit by a triple whammy: rising populations, combined with already-vulnerable economies and spikes in severe weather events will result in massive disruptions to livelihoods and cultural practices, as well as mass migrations as environmental refugees flee to more habitable areas. The plantationocene, defined by Donna Haraway as a way of drawing attention to the planetary effects of extractive practices, monoculture development, and coercive labor structures that have undergirded modernity and climate change since at least the 1600s, can provide a useful rubric for thinking through human-agented ecological change, especially as these changes unevenly affect different populations and regions. Furthermore, the plantationocene calls attention to the indelible ecological and economic legacies of imperialism including patriarchal and race-based hierarchies, and inequities among diverse peoples based on race, gender, class, and sexual orientation.  This special issue of The Global South examines the productive tensions created by the operative phrase “and/in” when thinking, writing, and living through climate change from the perspective of the global south and/in the plantationocene. 

Possible topics include:

  • Theoretical and hermeneutical discussions of the plantation and/or the plantationocene;
  • Examinations of the effects and the rise of natural disasters in the global south through the lens of the plantationocene;
  • Feminist-, queer-, decolonial-, and critical race studies-based resistances to the legacies, structures, hierarchies, and effects of the plantationocene;
  • Afro-, Arab, Asian, and Latinx futurisms in film, literature, and visual art which intersect with or document the (potential) effects of the plantationocene;
  • Analyses of the plantationocene, its legacies, its imaginaries, and its contemporary neo-isms (such as border factories, globalized trade, non-government organization assistance programs, privatized detention and incarceration, and plantation tourism) as these relate to the global south;
  • Empire-, refugee-, and military-studies discussions of plantationocene construction or deconstruction/resistance;
  • The global south plantationocene and/in the global north;
  • Interdisciplinary and comparative analyses of the plantationocene;
  • Architectural legacies of monoculture crops and their profits;
  • Ecological, animal studies, disability, medical studies, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies approaches to this topic; and
  • Investigations of the erasures of indigenous peoples through the plantationocene.

This issue is slated for publication in Spring 2023, so contributors will have a calendar year to draft their complete 7,000-10,000-word essays. Please send abstracts of up to 500 words (in MLA style) and a 100-word biographical statement to guest editors Isadora Wagner and Natalie Aikens, at [email protected] and [email protected], by August 21, 2020

Call for Papers

Special Issue, Mississippi Quarterly: Mass Incarceration in the U.S. South

Guest editors, Katie Owens-Murphy and Jeanine Weekes-Schroer

If you are Black, you were born in jail, in the North as well as the South. Stop talking about the South. As long as you are south of the Canadian border, you’re South

 ~Malcolm X

This special issue of Mississippi Quarterly invites essays that address mass incarceration in the U.S. South, broadly defined and imagined. The geographical South has been the site of the extremities of oppression and resistance, from large-scale prison plantations and convict leasing to prison labor strikes and abolitionist movements led by incarcerated people (Free Alabama Movement, Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty). Yet, as Malcolm reminds us, the South is also a metonym for the nation, and incarceration a metonym for injustice and inequality.

This issue welcomes essays that explore the contours of the material and theoretical conditions of incarceration, including but not limited to the following topics:

-economic injustice such as bail, fines, and fees

-racial injustice and contact with criminal and legal systems

-felony voter disenfranchisement

-mass protest and mass incarceration, especially surrounding BLM

-literacy and prison education programs

-COVID 19’s impact on jails and prisons

-prison abolition and decarceration movements

-policing and police brutality

-intersectional identities and mass incarceration

-detainment and mass incarceration at the U.S.-Mexico border

-LGBTQIA people and policing, detainment, and imprisonment

-critiques of carceral feminism and other tough-on-crime movements

-mass incarceration’s impact on families and communities

-alternatives to incarceration such as community-building and restorative practices

Essays by incarcerated and formerly-incarcerated authors are especially welcome. Please send a 300-word abstract and 100-word biography to Katie Owens-Murphy at [email protected] or via hard copy to UNA Box 5050, 110 Willingham Hall, Florence, AL 35630 by December 1, 2020. If your proposal is accepted, full manuscripts are due April 1, 2021.


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

African American Review

  • Babb, Valerie. “The Past is Never Past: The Call and Response between Marvel’s Black Panther and Early Black Speculative Fiction.” African American Review, vol. 53, no. 2, 2020, pp. 95-109. 
  • Bey, Marquis. “‘I Brought You Into This Word, and I’ll Take You Out’: Black Feminist WomanWord in Shay Youngblood’s Soul Kiss.” African American Review, vol. 53, no. 2, 2020, pp. 127-140. 
  • Crable, Bryan. “‘The Myth and Ritual Business’: Ralph Ellison, Stanley Edgar Hyman, and American Sacramentalism.” African American Review, vol. 53, no. 2, 2020, pp. 111-126.
  • Norman, Brian. “The Posthumous Autobiography and Civil Rights Memory.” African American Review, vol. 53, no. 1, 2020, pp. 25-39.
  • Serraes, Allison. “‘Envisioning the future, remembering the past’: A Neo-Abolitionist Reading of Suzan-Lori Parks’s Fucking A.” African American Review, vol. 53, no. 1, 2020, pp. 9-24.
  • Yang, Sunny. “Expanding the Southscape to the Global South: Remapping History and Afro-Vietnamese Intimacy in Yusef Komunyakaa’s Dien Cai Dau.” African American Review, vol. 53, no. 2, 2020, pp. 79-93.

American Indian Quarterly

  • Cavanaugh, Alexander. “Re-membering Cherokee Justice in Ruth Muskrat Bronson’s ‘The Serpent’.” The American Indian Quarterly, vol. 44, no. 1, 2020, pp. 36-58.
  • Townsend, Russell, et al. “Archaeology, Historical Ruptures, and Ani-Kitu Hwagi Memory and Knowledge.” The American Indian Quarterly, vol. 44, no. 2, 2020, pp. 243-268.

American Literary History

  • Dubey, Madhu. “Museumizing Slavery: Living History in Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad.” American Literary History, vol. 32, no. 1, 2020, pp. 111-139.

American Literature

  • Bibler, Michael P. “Laying Claim: African American Cultural Memory and Southern Identity Precious Perversions: Humor, Homosexuality, and the Southern Literary Canon” (Review). American Literature, vol. 92, no. 1, 2020, pp. 382–384.
  • Chinn, Sarah. “Enslavement and the Temporality of Childhood.” American Literature, vol. 92, no. 2, 2020, pp. 33–59. 
  • Dunbar, Eve. “Loving Gorillas: Segregation Literature, Animality, and Black Liberation.” American Literature, vol. 92, no. 1, 2020, pp. 123–149.
  • Walser, Hannah. “Under Description: The Fugitive Slave Advertisement as Genre.” American Literature, vol. 92, no. 1, 2020, pp. 61–89.

Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal

  • Allen, Jafari. “Afterword: Miami’s Nappy Edges: Finding Black Miami, Sin Fronteras.” Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal, vol. 16, no. 1, 2020, p. 11. 
  • Connolly, Nathan. “Speculating in History.” Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal, vol. 16, no. 1, 2020, p. 9.
  • Fields-Black, Edda. “The Smallness of Identity, Smallness of Blackness.” Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal, vol. 16, no. 1, 2020, p. 7.
  • Francis, Donette, and Allison Harris. “Introduction: Looking for Black Miami.” Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal, vol. 16, no. 1, 2020, p 2.
  • Gierczyk, Marta. “Magic City Killjoys: Women Organizers, Gentrification, and the Politics of Multiculturalism in Little Haiti.” Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal, vol. 16, no. 1, 2020, p. 10.
  • Harris, Allison, and Juana Valdes. “‘There’s a Part of Me That Must Remain Truthful to the Story’: An Interview with Juana Valdes.” Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal, vol. 16, no. 1, 2020, p. 5.
  • Hunter, Tera. “Black Miami to Me.” Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal, vol. 16, no. 1, 2020, p. 4.
  • Pierre, Jemima. “Growing up Haitian in Black Miami: A Narrative in Three Acts.” Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal, vol. 16, no. 1, 2020, p. 8. 
  • Quashie, Kevin. “Queer. Caribbean. Miami. Boy: A Personal Geography.” Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal, vol. 16, no. 1, 2020, p. 6. 

Cormac McCarthy Journal

  • Gibbs, Alan. “‘Things happen to you they happen’: Cormac McCarthy, Morality, and Neo-Naturalism.” The Cormac McCarthy Journal, vol. 18, no. 1, 2020, pp. 56-77. 
  • Phipps, Gregory. “Death and the Search for Heideggerian Authenticity in No Country for Old Men.” The Cormac McCarthy Journal, vol. 18, no. 1, 2020, pp. 37-55.
  • Powning, Jacob M. “‘Dreams so rich in color. How else would death call you?’: An Exploration of the Ending in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.” The Cormac McCarthy Journal, vol. 18, no. 1, 2020, pp. 26-36.
  • Warren, Craig A. “Drawing a Blank: Illustrating ‘the kid’ in Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian.” The Cormac McCarthy Journal, vol. 18, no. 1, 2020, pp. 3-25.

Edgar Allan Poe Review

  • Dern, John A. “Deadly Sins: ‘The Black Cat’ as a Macabre Retelling of Genesis 1–4.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 21, no. 1, 2020, pp. 1-22. 
  • Ehrlich, Heyward. “Poe in Cyberspace: The $5 Billion Question.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 21, no. 1, 2020, pp. 148-153. 
  • Gruesser, John. “The Crawdads Sing in Poe Country: Delia Owens’s Bestseller and ‘The Gold-Bug’.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 21, no. 1, 2020, pp. 109-115. 
  • Herrera, José Manuel Rodríguez. “The Typesetter of James McTeigue’s The Raven: Poe’s Dual Fandom in Post-Millennial Transmedia Culture.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 21, no. 1, 2020, pp. 71-85.
  • Kopley, Richard. “Evenings at Home: A Neglected Book from Poe’s Childhood.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 21, no. 1, 2020, pp. 64-70. 
  • Lewis, Paul. “The Last Salvos of the Lyceum War: Poe, The Harbinger, and The Blithedale Romance.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 21, no. 1, 2020, pp. 126-130. 
  • Reich, Nicholas Tyler. “Bottom Terror in Poe’s ‘William Wilson’.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 21, no. 1, 2020, pp. 86-108.
  • Semtner, Christopher P. “Poe in Richmond: Allan Mementos Found in Forgotten Trunk.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 21, no. 1, 2020, pp. 154-162.
  • Sloane, David E. E. “A Forerunner of ‘A Descent into the Maelström’.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 21, no. 1, 2020, pp. 116-119.
  • Sweeney, Susan Elizabeth. “Public Speaking in Poe’s ‘Thou Art the Man’.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 21, no. 1, 2020, pp. 23-43.
  • Zimmerman, Brett. “‘The Raven’ and Melville’s ‘The Apple-Tree Table’.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 21, no. 1, 2020, pp. 120-125. 
  • Zipser, Robert. “The Dangerous Classes: Victorian Moral Rhetoric in Poe’s ‘The Man of the Crowd’.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 21, no. 1, 2020, pp. 44-63. 

The Global South

  • Miller, Marilyn G. “‘Allá en tierras del Sur’: Horror and Recoil in José Martí’s New Orleans.” The Global South, vol. 13, no. 1, 2019, pp. 12-32.

Journal of African American Studies

  • Albano, Alessandra. “Nature and Black Femininity in Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God and Tell My Horse.” Journal of African American Studies, vol. 24, 2020, pp. 23–36.
  • Hall, Ronald E. “The DuBoisian Talented Tenth: Reviewing and Assessing Mulatto Colorism in the Post-DuBoisian Era.” Journal of African American Studies, vol. 24, 2020, pp.78–95.
  • Taylor, Douglas. “A History We Can Neither Accept nor Deny: Feeding and Purging the Spirits in Maya Angelou’s All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes. Journal of African American Studies, vol. 24, 2020, pp. 258–268. 

Journal of American Studies

  • Ballantyne, Katherine. “‘Students Are [Not] Slaves’: 1960s Student Power Debates in Tennessee.” Journal of American Studies, vol. 54, no. 2, May 2020, pp. 295-322.
  • Jarvis, Brian. “‘You’ll Never Get It If You Don’t Slow Down, My Friend’: Towards a Rhythmanalysis of the Everyday in the Cinema of Jim Jarmusch and Gus Van Sant.” Journal of American Studies, vol. 54, no. 2, May 2020, pp. 385-406.
  • Stokes-Casey, Jody. “Whiteness and Masculinity in Richard Lou’s ReCovering Memphis: ReContexting Bodies.” Journal of American Studies, vol. 54 no. 2, May 2020, pp. 407-429.


  • 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.
  • Bares, Annie. “‘Each Unbearable Day’: Narrative Ruthlessness and Environmental and Reproductive Injustice in Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S., vol. 44, no. 3, 2019, pp. 21-40.
  • Brown, Meghan, and Kiese Laymon. “‘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. 
  • Killebrew, Zachary. “‘A Poor, Washed Out, Pale Creature’: Passing, Dracula, and the Jazz Age Vampire.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S., vol. 44, no. 3, 2019, pp. 112-128.
  • Landry, Ava. “Black is Black is Black?: African Immigrant Acculturation in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah and Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S., vol. 43, no. 4, 2018, pp. 127-147.
  • Lewis, Christopher S. “Speculating on Jim Crow Queerness in African American Lesbian and Gay Life Writing.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S., vol. 44, no. 2, 2019, pp. 153-172. 
  • Li, Stephanie. “Genre Trouble and History’s Miseries in Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S., vol. 44, no. 2, 2019, pp. 1-23. 
  • 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.
  • Moynihan, Sinéad. “Ann Petry’s Cakewalk: Domestic Workers and The New Yorker at Mid-Century.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S., vol. 44, no. 1, 2019, pp. 1-21.
  • Pinto, Samantha, and Jewel Pereyra. “The Wake and the Work of Culture: Memorialization Practices in Post-Katrina Black Feminist Poetics.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S., vol. 44, no. 3, 2019, pp. 1-20.
  • Ropp, Sarah. “Troubling Survivorism in The Bluest Eye.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S., vol. 44, no. 2, 2019, pp. 132-152.
  • Rutter, Emily Ruth. “The Creative Recuperation of ‘Blind Tom’ Wiggins in Tyehimba Jess’s Olio and Jeffery Renard Allen’s Song of the Shank.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S., vol. 44, no. 3, 2019, pp. 175-196. 
  • Stevens, Erica. “Alice Dunbar-Nelson’s Charm Aesthetics and the Bugbear of Social Equality.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S., vol. 44, no. 3, 2019, pp. 129-154.
  • Winstein-Hibbs, Sarah. “A Critical Regionalist Reading of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao: Rethinking Magical Realism through Afro-Caribbean Oral Narrative.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S., vol. 44, no. 2, 2019, pp. 24-43.
  • 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 Quarterly

  • Avery, Tamlyn. “The Métis and the Multiple ‘Me’ in Carson McCullers’s The Member of the Wedding.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 72, no. 1, 2019, pp. 69-93.
  • Berkey, James. “Lyrical Weapons of War: The Poet’s Corner in Civil War Soldier Newspapers.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 70, no. 4, 2017, pp. 471-486.
  • Blumenthal, Rachel A. “Demanding Blood: Race, Injurability, and Textual Triage in Civil War Nurse Narratives.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 70, no. 4, 2017, pp. 439-452.
  • Booth, Nathanael T. “S-Town, Small-Town Literature, and the Uses of Queerness.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 72, no. 2, 2019, pp. 273-296.
  • Brown, Donald. “’skewed, broken,’ and Glorious: A Literary History of Mississippi.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 72, no. 1, 2019, pp. 147-153.
  • Cartwright, Keith. “’Goin’ tuh Zar … de other side of far’: New Worlds of Writing and Reading about the South.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 72, no. 1, 2019, pp. 155-160. 
  • Cash, Jean W. “Nat Turner: Misguided, ‘fragmented, disjointed’ Images.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 72, no. 1, 2019, pp. 117-145.
  • Elmore, Rick, and Jonathan Elmore. “’I made a mistake, he wadn’t for sale’: Resistance to Evil and the Positive Ethics of McCarthy’s The Orchard Keeper.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 72, no. 2, 2019, pp. 253-272.
  • Gardner, Eric. “Frances Ellen Watkins Harper’s Civil War and Militant Intersectionality.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 70, no. 4, 2017, pp. 505-518.
  • Gardner, Sarah E., and Kathleen Diffley. “Hidden Assets: Expanding the Archive in Civil War Studies.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 70, no. 4, 2017, pp. 385-393.
  • Grogan, Christine L. “Visions and Revisions in Katherine Anne Porter’s ’The Jilting of Granny Weatherall’.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 72, no. 1, 2019, pp. 49-68. 
  • Hager, Christopher. “The Literate War/The Literacy War.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 70, no. 4, 2017, pp. 409-422.
  • Hagstette, Todd. “Simms’s Ghosts and the Ghost of Simms: ‘Grayling,’ Genre, and Revolutionary Memory in the Antebellum South.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 70, no. 4, 2017, pp. 395-408. 
  • Ladd, Barbara. “Salomé in the Jazz Age: Faulkner, The Marionettes, and Sanctuary.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 72, no. 1, 2019, pp. 25-48. 
  • Lamb, Robert Paul. “The Roots of Huck Finn’s Melancholy: Sam Clemens, Mark Twain, and a World of Pain.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 72, no. 2, 2019, pp. 165-193.
  • Sonstegard, Adam. “The Graphic African, the Illustrator’s Gaze, and The Grandissimes.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 72, no. 2, 2019, pp. 195-232. 
  • Steinroetter, Vanessa. “Vacant Chairs and Absent Bodies: Material Disruptions of Domestic Spaces in a Southern Scrapbook.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 70, no. 4, 2017, pp. 423-438.
  • Takeuchi, Yasuhiro. “The Imbalanced Trade for Salvation: Money in Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 72, no. 2, 2019, pp. 233-252.
  • Treen, Kristen. “‘A Shell and What Became of It’: Missile Narratives and Commemorative Trajectories at Gettysburg.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 70, no. 4, 2017, pp. 453-470. 
  • Watson, Jay. “So Easy Even a Child Can Do It: William Faulkner’s Southern Gothicizers.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 72, no. 1, 2019, pp. 1-23.
  • Winter, Cameron Lee. “‘The American Invader”: George Washington Cable’s The Grandissimes and US Expansionism in the Creole Caribbean.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 72, no. 1, 2019, pp. 95-116.
  • Young, Elizabeth. “Footnotes: Amputation and Reconstruction in Reed Bontecou’s Civil War Photography.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 70, no. 4, 2017, pp. 487-504.

Modern Fiction Studies

  • Byrnes, Delia. “Digital Deepwater Imaginaries in Brenda Longfellow’s Offshore.”  MFS Modern Fiction Studies, vol. 66, no. 1, 2020, pp. 141-163. 

Native South

  • Anderson, Eric Gary and Melanie Benson Taylor. “Introduction: Why Native Southern Literatures Matter.” Native South, vol. 12, 2019, p. 3-9.
  • Anderson, Eric Gary and Melanie Benson Taylor. “Letting the Other Story Go: The Native South in and beyond the Anthropocene.” Native South, vol. 12, 2019, p. 74-98.
  • Byars-Nichols, Keely. “Indigenous through One’s Southernness: Reading Native Southern Literature.” Native South, vol. 12, 2019, p. 10-29.
  • Caison, Gina. “Imagining Possibility within Policy: LeAnne Howe’s Shell Shaker and Louis Owens’s Bone Game.” Native South, vol. 12, 2019, p. 30-51.
  • Flores-Silva, Dolores and Keith Cartwright. “Yum Cháak (Sacred Rain) and “The Little Droplet of Water”.” Native South, vol. 12, 2019, p. 99-106. 96
  • Spiers, Miriam Brown. “”The Yellow Monster”: Reanimating Nuclear Fears in Cherokee Science Fiction.” Native South, vol. 12, 2019, p. 52-73.

Nineteenth-Century Literature

  • Urakova, Alexandra. “‘I Do Not Want Her, I Am Sure’: Commodities, Gifts, and Poisonous Gifts in Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” Nineteenth – Century Literature, vol. 74, no. 4, 2020, pp. 448-472.

North Carolina Literary Review

  • Brantley, Michael K. “Ben Fountain: Hard Work and Determination Pay Off.” North Carolina Literary Review, no. 29, Jan. 2020, pp. 108–119.
  • Butler, Maia L., and DeLisa D. Hawkes. “‘Fight for Your Life’: Segregation, Im/Mobilities, and the Fight for African American Futures in Stephanie Powell Watts’s No One Is Coming to Save Us.” North Carolina Literary Review, no. 29, Jan. 2020, pp. 122–135.
  • Ferguson, Lydia E. “The Post-Plessy Railroad in Charles W. Chesnutt’s The Colonel’s Dream.” North Carolina Literary Review, no. 29, Jan. 2020, pp. 22–51.
  • Furlong, Ryan David. “Fugitive Slave ‘Ex-Pat’: The Myth of Northern Black Freedom in Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.” North Carolina Literary Review, no. 29, Jan. 2020, pp. 6–21.
  • Hallberg, Christy Alexander. “Never Mind the Apocalypse, Here’s Jeff Jackson.” North Carolina Literary Review, no. 29, Jan. 2020, pp. 184–206.
  • Smith, Jimmy Dean. “Knowing Your Place: Tony Earley’s Human Geography.” North Carolina Literary Review, no. 29, Jan. 2020, pp. 52–83. 
  • Stead, Helen. “The Master Of Movement: An Interview with Mary Robinette Kowal.” North Carolina Literary Review, no. 29, Jan. 2020, pp. 134–147. 
  • Thomas, Amber Flora. “‘Music Is the Bearing’: An Interview with Allison Adelle Hedge Coke.” North Carolina Literary Review, no. 29, Jan. 2020, pp. 98–107.
  • Walker, Eric. “‘I Want Out’: The Expatriate Lionel Shriver.” North Carolina Literary Review, no. 29, Jan. 2020, pp. 84–97.
  • Warner, Rachel. “Zora Neale Hurston in North Carolina: Drama, Education, and Contemporary Activism.” North Carolina Literary Review, no. 29, Jan. 2020, pp. 150–163.


  • Persson, Torleif. “Ralph Ellison’s Contemporaneity.” Novel, vol. 53, no. 1, 1 May 2020, pp. 16–36.

Southern Cultures

  • Medley, Kate. “Gas Station South.” Southern Cultures, vol. 26, no. 1, 2020, pp. 36-53.
  • Moore, Tyler DeWayne. “Worth Westinghouse Long Jr. Creating Dangerously in The Land Where the Blues Began.” Southern Cultures, vol. 26, no. 1, 2020, pp. 54-77.
  • Rankin, Tom. “The Documentary Moment and the Revelation at Hand.” Southern Cultures, vol. 26, no. 1, 2020, pp. 7-11. 
  • Thomas, Kimber. “Makeshifting: Black Women and Resilient Creativity in the Rural South.” Southern Cultures, vol. 26, no. 1, 2020, pp. 120-137.
  • Trethewey, Natasha. “You Are Not Safe in Science; You Are Not Safe in History: On Abiding Metaphors and Finding a Calling.” Southern Cultures, vol. 26, no. 1, 2020, pp. 12-33.

Southern Quarterly

  • Bauer, Margaret D. “‘Man Wonders but [Babs] Decides / When to Kill the Prince of Tides’: Taking the Prince Out of The Prince of Tides.” Southern Quarterly, vol. 56, no. 4, Summer 2019, pp. 45–60. 
  • Riccio, Jon. “An Interview with Ada Limón.” Southern Quarterly, vol. 56, no. 4, Summer 2019, pp. 61–68. 
  • Watkins, James H. “‘Plain Talk’: Autobiographical Authority and the Living Word in Don West’s Clods of Southern Earth.” Southern Quarterly, vol. 56, no. 4, Summer 2019, pp. 27–44. 
  • Watson, Jay. “Teaching by Place and Space By–and with–a Southern University; or, How I (Almost) Learned to Quit Worrying and Love the Committee Room.” Southern Quarterly, vol. 56, no. 4, Summer 2019, pp. 11–26.

Southern Spaces

  • Bibler, Michael. “The Podcast and the Police: STown and the Narrative Form of Southern Queerness.” Southern Spaces, 24 March 2020.
  • Hale, Grace Elizabeth. “An Unlikely Bohemia: Athens, Georgia, in Reagan’s America” Southern Spaces, 11 May 2020.
  • Spears, Ellen Griffith. “Social Justice Environmentalism.” Southern Spaces, 12 March 2020.

Study the South

  • Coclanis, Peter A. “More Pricks than Kicks: The Southern Economy in the Long Twentieth Century” Study the South, 26 May 2020.
  • Pless, Margaret. “Toward Freedom: A Reading of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice.” Study the South, 29 June 2020.

Academic Presses

Cambridge UP

  • Johnson, T. R., editor. New Orleans: A Literary History. Cambridge University Press, 2019.

Chicago UP

  • Adler, Jeffrey S. Murder in New Orleans: The Creation of Jim Crow Policing. Chicago University Press, 2019.
  • Harris, Douglas N. Charter School City: What the End of Traditional Public Schools in New Orleans Means for American Education. Chicago University Press, 2020.
  • Jones, Jennifer A. The Browning of the New South. Chicago University Press, 2019.
  • La Chapelle, Peter. I’d Fight the World: A Political History of Old-Time, Hillbilly, and Country Music. Chicago University Press, 2019.
  • Sites, William. Sun Ra’s Chicago: Afrofuturism and the City. Chicago University Press, 2019.
  • Tell, Dave. Remembering Emmett Till. Chicago University Press, 2019.

Duke UP

  • Brimmer, Brandi Clay. Claiming Union Widowhood: Race, Respectability, and Poverty in the Post-Emancipation South. Duke University Press, 2020.
  • Lordi, Emily J. The Meaning of Soul: Black Music and Resilience since the 1960s. Duke University Press, 2020.
  • Mahon, Maureen. Black Diamond Queens: African American Women and Rock and Roll. Duke University Press, 2020.

Louisiana State UP

  • Arnold, John T. A Thousand Ways Denied: The Environmental Legacy of Oil in Louisiana. Louisiana State University Press, 2020.
  • Bell, Andrew McIlwaine. The Origins of Southern College Football: How an Ivy League Game Became a Dixie Tradition. Louisiana State University Press, 2020.
  • Burden, Michael, ed. Touring the Antebellum South with an English Opera Company: Anton Reiff’s Riverboat Travel Journal. Louisiana State University Press, 2020.
  • Forret, Jeff. Slave Against Slave: Plantation Violence in the Old South. Louisiana State University Press, 2020.
  • Gallagher, Gary W. The Enduring Civil War: Reflections on the Great American Crisis. Louisiana State University Press, 2020.
  • Hamilton, John Maxwell. Manipulating the Masses: Woodrow Wilson and the Birth of American Propaganda. Louisiana State University Press, 2020.
  • Jeffrey, Katherine Bentley. First Chaplain of the Confederacy: Father Darius Hubert, S.J. Louisiana State University Press, 2020.
  • Jones, Linda Carol. The Shattered Cross: French Catholic Missionaries on the Mississippi River, 1698-1725.Louisiana State University Press, 2020.
  • Nitz, Julia. Belles and Poets: Intertextuality in the Civil War Diaries of White Southern Women. Louisiana State University Press, 2020.
  • Noe, Kenneth W. The Howling Storm: Weather, Climate, and the American Civil War. Louisiana State University Press, 2020.
  • Stern, Walter C. Race and Education in New Orleans: Creating the Segregated City, 1764-1960. Louisiana State University Press, 2020.
  • Trestman, Marlene. Fair Labor Lawyer: The Remarkable Life of New Deal Attorney and Supreme Court Advocate Bessie Margolin. Louisiana State University Press, 2020.
  • Turner, Michael J. Stonewall Jackson, Beresford Hope, and the Meaning of the American Civil War in Britain.Louisiana State University Press, 2020.

Oxford UP

  • Hewitt, Elizabeth. Speculative Fictions: Explaining the Economy in the Early United States. Oxford University Press, 2020.
  • Zwarg, Christina. The Archive of Fear: White Crisis and Black Freedom in Douglass, Stowe, and Du Bois. Oxford University Press, 2020.

U of Alabama P

  • Holcomb, Carol Crawford. Home without Walls: Southern Baptist Women and Social Reform in the Progressive Era. The University of Alabama Press, 2020.
  • Rogers, William Warren, Jr. Reconstruction Politics in a Deep South State: Alabama, 1865–1874. The University of Alabama Press, 2020.
  • Severance, Ben H. A War State All Over: Alabama Politics and the Confederate Cause. The University of Alabama Press, 2020.

U of California P

  • Trotter, Joe William. Workers on Arrival: Black Labor in the Making of America. University of California Press, 2020.

U of Georgia P

  • Brückmann, Rebecca. Massive Resistance and Southern Womanhood: White Women, Class, and Segregation. University of Georgia Press, 2020.
  • Downs, Jim, editor. Voter Suppression in U.S. Elections: Stacey Abrams, Carol Anderson, Jim Downs, Kevin M. Kruse, Heather Cox Richardson, And Heather Ann Thompson. University of Georgia Press, 2020.
  • Freeman, Margaret L. Women of Discriminating Taste: White Sororities and the Making of American Ladyhood. University of Georgia Press, 2020.
  • Hamilton, Robert. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Poor People’s Campaign of 1968. University of Georgia Press, 2020.
  • Laackman, Dale W. Selling Hate: Marketing the Ku Klux Klan. University of Georgia Press, 2020.
  • Monteith, Sharon. SNCC’s Stories: The African American Freedom Movement in the Civil Rights South. University of Georgia Press, 2020.
  • Palmer, Vernon Valentine. The Lost Translators of 1808 and the Birth of Civil Law in Louisiana. University of Georgia Press, 2020.
  • Pinnen, Christian. Complexion of Empire(s) in Natchez: Race and Slavery in the Mississippi Borderlands. University of Georgia Press, 2020.
  • Pratt, Adam J. Toward Cherokee Removal: Land, Violence, and the White Man’s Chance. University of Georgia Press, 2020.
  • Rabiee, Robert Yusef. Medieval America: Feudalism and Liberalism in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Culture. University of Georgia Press, 2020.
  • Venet, Wendy Hamand. Gone but Not Forgotten: Atlantans Commemorate the Civil War. University of Georgia Press, 2020.

U of Illinois P

  • Ariail, Cat M. Passing the Baton: Black Women Track Stars and American Identity. University of Illinois Press, 2020.
  • Avilez, GerShun. Black Queer Freedom: Spaces of Injury and Paths of Desire. University of Illinois Press, 2020.
  • Bartenstein, Fred, and Curtis W. Ellison, editors. Industrial Strength Bluegrass: Southwestern Ohio’s Musical Legacy. University of Illinois Press, 2020.
  • Hudson, Lynn M. West of Jim Crow: The Fight against California’s Color Line. University of Illinois Press, 2020.
  • Kernodle, Tammy L. Soul on Soul: The Life and Music of Mary Lou Williams. University of Illinois Press, 2020.
  • Mitchell, Koritha. From Slave Cabins to the White House Homemade Citizenship in African American Culture. University of Illinois Press, 2020.
  • Morgan, Danielle Fuentes. Laughing to Keep from Dying: African American Satire in the Twenty-First Century. University of Illinois Press, 2020.

U of Minnesota P

  • Garth, Hanna, and Ashanté M. Reese, editors. Black Food Matters: Racial Justice in the Wake of Food Justice. University of Minnesota Press, 2020.
  • Henry, Alvin J. Black Queer Flesh: Rejecting Subjectivity in the African American Novel. University of Minnesota Press, 2020.
  • Lauro, Sarah Juliet. Kill the Overseer!: The Gamification of Slave Resistance. University of Minnesota Press, 2020.

U of North Carolina P

  • Bailey, Yelena. How the Streets Were Made: Housing Segregation and Black Life in America. University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
  • Charles, Julia S. That Middle World: Race, Performance, and the Politics of Passing. University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
  • Cox, Karen L. Goat Castle: A True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South. University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
  • Favors, Jelani M. Shelter in a Time of Storm: How Black Colleges Fostered Generations of Leadership and Activism. University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
  • Finley, Alexandra J. An Intimate Economy: Enslaved Women, Work, and America’s Domestic Slave Trade. University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
  • Foster, B. Brian. I Don’t Like the Blues: Race, Place, and the Backbeat of Black Life. University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
  • Gershenhorn, Jerry. Louis Austin and the Carolina Times: A Life in the Long Black Freedom Struggle.University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
  • Gonzalez, Aston. Visualizing Equality: African American Rights and Visual Culture in the Nineteenth Century. University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
  • Gosse, Van. The First Reconstruction: Black Politics in America from the Revolution to the Civil War. University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
  • Gussow, Adam. Whose Blues?: Facing Up to Race and the Future of the Music. University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
  • Hess, Earl J. Storming Vicksburg: Grant, Pemberton, and the Battles of May 19-22, 1863. University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
  • Hilde, Libra R. Slavery, Fatherhood, and Paternal Duty in African American Communities over the Long Nineteenth Century. University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
  • Hinnershitz, Stephanie. A Different Shade of Justice: Asian American Civil Rights in the South. University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
  • Inscoe, John C. Movie-Made Appalachia: History, Hollywood, and the Highland South. University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
  • Jemison, Elizabeth L. Christian Citizens: Reading the Bible in Black and White in the Postemancipation South. University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
  • Krochmal, Max. Blue Texas: The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era.University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
  • Lang, Andrew F. A Contest of Civilizations: Exposing the Crisis of American Exceptionalism in the Civil War Era. University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
  • Leloudis, James L., and Robert R. Korstad. Fragile Democracy: The Struggle over Race and Voting Rights in North Carolina. University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
  • Menconi, David. Step It Up and Go: The Story of North Carolina Popular Music, from Blind Boy Fuller and Doc Watson to Nina Simone and Superchunk. University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
  • Monod, David. Vaudeville and the Making of Modern Entertainment, 1890–1925. University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
  • Parker, Alison M. Unceasing Militant: The Life of Mary Church Terrell. University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
  • Parry, Tyler D. Jumping the Broom: The Surprising Multicultural Origins of a Black Wedding Ritual. University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
  • Reidy, Joseph P. Illusions of Emancipation: The Pursuit of Freedom and Equality in the Twilight of Slavery.University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
  • Royles, Dan. To Make the Wounded Whole: The African American Struggle against HIV/AIDS. University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
  • Sell, Zach. Trouble of the World: Slavery and Empire in the Age of Capital. University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
  • Silber, Nina. This War Ain’t Over: Fighting the Civil War in New Deal America. University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
  • Simon, Bryant. The Hamlet Fire: A Tragic Story of Cheap Food, Cheap Government, and Cheap Lives. University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
  • Taylor, Amy Murrell. Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War’s Slave Refugee Camps. University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
  • Varel, David A. The Scholar and the Struggle: Lawrence Reddick’s Crusade for Black History and Black Power. University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
  • Wilkinson, A. B. Blurring the Lines of Race and Freedom: Mulattoes and Mixed Bloods in English Colonial America. University of North Carolina Press, 2020.

U of Tennessee P

  • Bates, Keith. Mainstreaming Fundamentalism: John R. Rice and Fundamentalism’s Public Reemergence. University of Tennessee Press, 2020.
  • Flowers, Elizabeth H., and Karen K. Seat. A Marginal Majority: Women, Gender, and a Reimagining of Southern Baptists. University of Tennessee Press, 2020.
  • Garrow, Patrick. Changing Sides: Union Prisoners of War Who Joined the Confederate Army. University of Tennessee Press, 2020.
  • Harris, Sheena. Margaret Murray Washington: The Life and Times of a Career Clubwoman. University of Tennessee Press, 2020.
  • Herron, Roy. Faith in Politics: Southern Political Battles Past and Present. University of Tennessee Press, 2020.
  • Hopkins, Izabela. Off Whiteness: Place, Blood, and Tradition in Post-Reconstruction Southern Literature. University of Tennessee Press, 2020.
  • Jongintaba, Yahya. Mary McLeod Bethune: Village of God. University of Tennessee Press, 2020.
  • Snow, Whitney A. The Civil War Diary of Cassie Fennell: A Young Confederate Woman in North Alabama, 1859–1865. University of Tennessee Press, 2020.
  • Talley, Sharon. Women’s Diaries from the Civil War South: A Literary-Historical Reading. University of Tennessee Press, 2020.

U of Virginia P

  • Hood, Walter, and Grace Mitchell Tada, editors. Black Landscapes Matter. University of Virginia Press, 2020.
  • Kneebone, John T., and Eugene P. Trani. Fulfilling the Promise: Virginia Commonwealth University and the City of Richmond, 1968–2009. University of Virginia Press, 2020.
  • Lemmon, Alfred E. Spanish New Orleans and the Caribbean / La Nueva Orleans y la Caribe Españoles. University of Virginia Press, 2020.
  • Rollyson, Carl. The Life of William Faulkner: This Alarming Paradox, 1935–1962. University of Virginia Press, 2020.

UP of Florida 

  • Clinton, Catherine, editor. Sisterly Networks: Fifty Years of Southern Women’s Histories. University Press of Florida, 2020.
  • FitzGerald, Michael Ray. Jacksonville and the Roots of Southern Rock. University Press of Florida, 2020.
  • Friberg, Christina M. The Making Of Mississippian Tradition. University Press of Florida, 2020.
  • Mormino, Gary R. Millard Fillmore Caldwell: Governing on the Wrong Side of History. University Press of Florida, 2020.

UP of Mississippi

  • Arant, Alison, and Jordan Cofer, editors. Reconsidering Flannery O’Connor. University Press of Mississippi, 2020.
  • Bolden, Tony. Groove Theory: The Blues Foundation of Funk. University Press of Mississippi, 2020.
  • Ford, Sarah Gilbreath. Haunted Property: Slavery and the Gothic. University Press of Mississippi, 2020.
  • Hasian, Marouf A., Jr., and Nicholas S. Paliewicz. Racial Terrorism A Rhetorical Investigation of Lynching. University Press of Mississippi, 2020.
  • Johnson, Andre E. No Future in This Country: The Prophetic Pessimism of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner. University Press of Mississippi, 2020.
  • Marin, Reva. Outside and Inside: Race and Identity in White Jazz Autobiography. University Press of Mississippi, 2020.
  • Pugh, Brian A. Chaos and Compromise: The Evolution of the Mississippi Budgeting Process. University Press of Mississippi, 2020.
  • Rapport, Evan. Damaged: Musicality and Race in Early American Punk. University Press of Mississippi, 2020.
  • Ross, Charles D. Breaking the Blockade: The Bahamas during the Civil War. University Press of Mississippi, 2020.
  • Wells, Lawrence. In Faulkner’s Shadow: A Memoir. University Press of Mississippi, 2020.

About the Contributors

Gina Caison is an associate professor of English at Georgia State University where she teaches courses in southern literature, Native American literatures, and documentary practices. During the 2020-21 academic year, she will be a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Budapest.

Her first book Red States: Indigeneity, Settler Colonialism, and Southern Studies was published in 2018 from UGA Press, and her co-edited collection Small-Screen Souths: Region, Identity, and the Cultural Politics of Television (2017) is available from LSU Press. She also serves as an associate editor of the forthcoming Broadview Anthology of American Literature. 

In addition to these projects, Dr. Caison’s work has appeared in academic journals including The Global SouthMississippi QuarterlyNative SouthPMLA, and The Simms Review. She has been a short-term research fellow at the American Antiquarian Society and the Southern Historical Collection, and she has participated in NEH-sponsored programs at the Newberry Library, UNC-Chapel Hill’s American Indian Center, and Georgia College & State University’s Flannery O’Connor Collection. From 2016-2019, she worked as creator, co-producer, and host of the weekly podcast About South. 

Amy King is a Lecturer in the Department of English at Auburn University.

Elizabeth Gardner is a PhD candidate at Louisiana State University. Her research interests include depictions of community in works by southern women writers. She currently serves as the ESO President

Will Murray is Postdoctoral Fellow at Baylor University. His work can be found in American Studies, Mississippi Quarterly, Eudora Welty Review, CEA Critic, and the South Carolina Review. He is currently working on a book project exploring how post-1960 narratives (from and about the US 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.