Volume 54, Issue 2
March 2021

Note From the Editor

– Amy King

How do we move forward when institutions relentlessly cause harm? While the contributions to this newsletter cannot offer a salve for all intersecting, ongoing harms, they do extend a chance to reimagine our personal and collective actions. 

Starting with President Gina Caison’s message and the Society’s Leadership Council’s statement below, SSSL members will find ways to remake the work of the Society to strive toward justice. Two events to do such are on the horizon: our biennial elections for the Society’s Executive Council in 2021 and the Society’s conference in 2022. 

Next, the Emerging Scholars Organization (ESO) offers an update after recent elections for their Executive Council. Please read on to join their initiatives for developing resources, including those for anti-racist teaching practices. 

This newsletter also features a forum that calls Society members to action. Specifically, the forum offers action-oriented contributions about decolonial, collaborative feminist praxis and teaching by April Petillo, Shylah Pacheco Hamilton, Krista Benson, and Maia Butler; mutual aid for queer, Two-Spirit, transgender, and gender ​non-conforming community members by Sharon P. Holland; and transformational work with systems-impacted people by Katie Owens-Murphy.

Members will also find numerous CFPs and the Society’s bibliography in this newsletter. 

Collectively, this newsletter offers ways to act toward justice in community. Please join us.

Message from SSSL’s President

– Gina Caison

It’s almost impossible to know how to begin a column for this season’s newsletter. Indeed, just a year ago, we imagined that we would be seeing one another again soon in Fayetteville for the 2020 conference. As we hit the one-year mark of our own plague year, I’m reminded of reading Defoe in graduate school and being relatively uninspired by how quotidian and digressive his loosely fictionalized account of living through such an event seemed. Some lessons we can only learn later, I suppose.

I do not pretend to offer inspirational platitudes to our membership during this time. Rather, I choose to be honest. I want to say clearly and unequivocally that I and the organization recognize that times are hard for everyone right now in different ways and varying degrees, and as an academic organization, we cannot pretend to solve the many intersecting problems exacerbated, exposed, and enacted by the conditions of the last year. The best we can do is be some small space for an academic community firmly committed to becoming the best version of itself — the unapologetically anti-racist, progressively-minded, justice-oriented, truth-telling version of itself that many of us know it can be. As always, I welcome any member to contact me directly about anything that I or the organization can do to work toward this goal. 

To that end, and because we must, we look to the tasks on the horizon. We have begun planning the 2022 gathering in Atlanta, tentatively scheduled for the weekend of February 17-20. Stephanie Rountree was named by the Executive Council as the Program Coordinator, and she is already underway planning what I know will be an impressive conference. Even though we were not able to realize President Hinrichsen’s vision for the 2020 event, we are building from many of her innovations. Please be on the lookout in the coming weeks for the call for papers and other information. Of course, I recognize the near absurdity of trying to even imagine what a future gathering can and should look like, but as the cliché goes, we are going to plan for the best, and I will resist the urge to a finish a paragraph with the word “worst,” lest I call it into being. 

I also want to take this time to remind the membership about our upcoming elections for Executive Council. We have six people rotating off this two-year term, and we will be holding an election for the next president, who serves as President-Elect from 2021-2022 before taking the reins following the Atlanta conference. Molly McGehee has generously agreed to serve as the chair of the nominations committee. If you have any questions about the roles or the process, please feel free to contact the two of us. We will solicit official nominations later this semester. Lastly, I have learned very quickly just how much the job of president involves emailing people and asking them for favors (but notably, never asking them to purchase gift cards). I have emailed so many of you over the last few months, and I have been humbled by how many of you have said yes to requests for service to the organization, offered a much-needed second opinion on a leadership question, or been available to recount institutional history. I am inspired by the commitment the membership has to this organization. Together, we hold ourselves and one another to account, and in this space we find the growth we need to begin a new chapter of scholarship about and service to the region we study. 

SSSL Statement Regarding the Violence of January 6, 2021

The Leadership Council of the organization has released the following statement regarding the violence of January 6, 2021:

January 28, 2021

The Society for the Study of Southern Literature condemns the actions of white supremacists, neo-Confederate sympathizers, and those who tacitly support these ideologies through their glorification of specious histories of the region and its literatures or through their silence and complicity when others do so. We reaffirm our commitment to contest and combat white supremacy, including Confederate apologism, as well as all forms of social and institutional violence that seek to harm Black and Brown peoples; promote antisemitism; deny full personhood, humanity, freedom, and dignity to all people; perpetuate white homogeneity, racism and racial hierarchies; and maintain inequalities and injustice.

The violence at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th reminds us that white supremacy is not a series of isolated events but a long unbroken history of domestic terrorism embedded in our institutions, social practices, and daily lives. The organization condemns white supremacy and white nationalism in all their myriad forms and in particular the Confederate and neo-Nazi symbols and ideologies that accompany these movements. We pledge to support SSSL members in their ongoing anti-racist advocacy and their work to educate their own communities about these issues.

Approved by the Leadership Council of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature in accordance with the bylaws on January 27, 2021.

ESO Update and Call for Anti-Racist Teaching Materials

The 2020-2022 Emerging Scholars Organization Executive Council would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves and our vision for the organization during our tenure. 

Our EC is invested in framing southern literature and cultural studies through a lens of social justice, with an emphasis on underrepresented voices. This focus connects to the mission of the ESO to amplify emerging perspectives, both in showcasing the work of rising scholars and creating networks for new avenues of study. 

In pursuit of this mission, we will concentrate our initiatives on developing resources for our members. During our tenure, we plan to collect, curate, and contextualize research and teaching resources. We are particularly interested in those resources addressing antisemitism and resources illustrating practices of anti-racism, transformative justice, and disability studies within the contexts of diverse souths. These collections may include reading exam lists, sample prospectuses, course readings, assignments and assessments, and course policy action plans.

We also plan to revamp the mentorship program to provide additional support to members, especially in these times of economic precarity. We recognize the realities of our current educational landscape and the need for scholarly professional organizations to re-evaluate their investments in institutions that are inherently unjust. Therefore, we will support both academic and non-academic professional development. 

Overall, we want the ESO to be a space open to any person who self-defines as emerging and/or scholar to create networks for resources, collaboration, and support. 

Be on the lookout for calls for our Spotlight series and resource drives!

Shari Arnold, Georgia State University, President
Joanmarie Bañez, University of California San Diego, Decolonizing Initiatives Chair
Allison Harris, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Secretary
Sarah-Marie Horning, Texas Christian University, Publishing and Advocacy Chair
Erik Kline, University of Alabama, Mentorship Chair
Micah-Jade Stanback, Texas Christian University, Pedagogy Resources Chair
Kristin Teston, University of Mississippi, Professionalization Chair
Elizabeth Gardner, Louisiana State University, Past-President Advisor

Call for Anti-Racist Teaching Materials

The Emerging Scholars Organization’s Executive Council fully supports the SSSL Executive Council’s statement in support of protections for Black Americans and against white supremacist ideologies mobilized during the 6 January attack at the nation’s Capital. We wish to further emphasize actionable measures we all can take to combat these forces in the various spaces we individually and collectively occupy. To that end, we are now soliciting pedagogical materials highlighting anti-racist praxis to be shared at www.southernlit.org/eso. Such materials can include—but are not limited to—syllabi, lesson plans, sample assignments, and service-learning projects. The ESO Executive Council will review all materials submitted before publication. Please email relevant materials, questions, and comments to [email protected].

What We Can Do Now: A Forum

This forum lends a space for SSSL members to reimagine how we think about and do our work. In the contributions featured here, our hope is to spark action through collaborative and decolonial practices of educating, sustaining, and working alongside people in community.

Acknowledging that processes of learning and acting are ongoing, our editor Amy King invites further contributions to this forum. Please email her directly with your ideas for future calls to action in the newsletter.     

Moving Toward Decolonial Feminist Collaborative Praxis and Pedagogy

Merging Gender and Sexuality Studies; Ethnic and Indigenous Studies; and African Diasporic Studies in Literature, Filmmaking, and Performance backgrounds; we (Drs. April Petillo, Shylah Pacheco Hamilton, Krista Benson, and Maia Butler) share our recent work, hoping to (re)inspire the SSSL community’s commitment to decolonial feminist collaborative praxis and pedagogy.

We invite you to the Frontiers: Augmented video discussion about “Sowing the Seeds: Decolonial Practices and Pedagogies,” the featured colloquium in Frontiers’ most recent issue (41.2). We (April Petillo, Maia Butler, Shy Pacheco Hamilton, and Krista Benson) discuss our individual and collective colloquium processes as thinkers and writers. In the colloquium, we explore tensions and productivity in the relationships between Indigeneity, transnational feminisms, and the African diaspora, highlighting the decolonial feminist approaches in our work. We attend to how we hold decoloniality as a lived experience and daily practice, and how decolonial feminisms have material impacts on Black and Indigenous identities, landscapes, and communities. This discussion covers what we hope we’ve contributed and conversations we hope we’ve sparked. Immense thanks to Oriana Bolden for video editing, Silvia Solis for shepherding this process, and Wanda Pillow and the Frontiers editorial team for giving us the platform, complete with amazing editorial support. 

We are glad for the invitation to consider what we can do now, as scholars, members of distinct and overlapping communities, and family members stretched thin in this global pandemic milieu. We relish this work. What we must do now, when setting out to do this work, is lovingly and supportively collaborate across disciplinary and canonical boundaries central to our practices. We must seek out like-minded collectives, embrace differing investments and methodologies, and, together, insistently push the limitations of how our work is “usually” done. We can rethink who our audiences are and could be. We can build conversations otherwise rendered placeless by academia’s conventional investment in privileged knowledges and practices. We must ensure that we care for each other concerning our needs related to tenure requirements, emotional fulfillment, and growth.  Perhaps most importantly, we must show up for each others’ very human revelry in joy, pleasure and connection—especially amidst challenging environments, isolating times, and growing regional, national, and global ecopolitical uncertainties. We must stop, breathe, and do no harm.Join us in thinking, talking, teaching, and writing about critical issues and methodologies. Our colloquium opening, “A Hopeful Decolonial Rhizome: An Invitation,” introduces us, our collaborative practices, investments and goals. We included a generative reading list honoring our intellectual lineages and offering conceptual reading hubs to engage/tend our decolonial root-work and keep the rhizome growing and sprouting. Consider sharing this piece with your methods students, colleagues and mentees near and far, and your writing circles. 

Sustaining in Community: The QTIPOC Survival Fund

– Sharon P. Holland

What we do:

Our rationale for the QTIPOC Survival Fund is simple: to put funds directly into the hands of our most vulnerable queer, transgender, Two Spirit, and gender non-conforming community members in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Our organization’s main activity is to operate a mutual aid fund, capable of giving out grants between $200-$700/month to our recipients. We acknowledge two very important and overlapping social justice principles as our founding core purpose: 1) marginalized peoples know best when it comes to their own survival and 2) working class QTIPOC recipients embody overlapping identities and are, therefore, always hit the hardest economically by global pandemics. 

Who we serve:

I think that the most meaningful aspect of this fund is that it is low barrier. A low barrier fund creates ties to community, trust and accountability that other application-based funding sources just don’t obtain. Our members know one another in community and so the recipients care for one another – if they feel they can survive on what they have for an upcoming distribution date, they pass on funds for that round to make sure someone else can get what they need. It is truly a beautiful thing to see when trust and accountability-in-care is the basis of community. I am someone who survived the first pandemic (HIV) in my twenties and seeing our community function in this way has made all the work we did during that earlier crisis worthwhile in so many ways.

Where to go from here:

Since our founding in March 2020, we have given away over $60,000 dollars and have received a Third Wave Fund grant of $10,000. We are already being recognized in the Triangle as a go-to fund – we are well organized and have been able to secure stable housing for at least three of our recipients, two of whom are African-descended, and one of whom is a member of a North Carolina tribe. We are building ties to indigenous communities and shoring up the core principles of social justice work: that it begins and lives in grassroots community; that it must start with the redistribution of wealth and a vested interest in a people’s self-determination. We have secured our NFP status as “QTIPOC Forever Home,” and in a year we hope to fundraise for sustainable, communal intergenerational living for community members as a model for how to live in and through these precarious times.

Working with Systems-Impacted People

– Katie Owens-Murphy, pictured here with Gary Drinkard, the 93rd death row exoneree in the U.S. who serves with her on the advisory board for Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty (PHADP). They are standing in front of an exhibit about capital punishment in Alabama built and co-curated with PHADP for the University of North Alabama’s library.

When we think about community work, we rarely think about U.S. prisons and the 2+ million people currently living in them. Right now, prisons are the deadliest sites in the U.S. for COVID-19, though incarcerated people may be the last to receive a vaccine in many states. Meanwhile, all in-person programming and visitation remains on hold. The pandemic has exacerbated the paradoxes that characterize mass incarceration: crammed into overcrowded dormitories with no privacy or possibility for health-based quarantine, incarcerated people remain shut off from loved ones, friends, mentors, teachers, and all “free-worlders” save for those who guard them. In what follows, I offer a few suggestions for an education-based mutual aid model that leverages the resources of the academy to meet the needs of incarcerated people and considers the needs of incarcerated people in shaping, democratizing, and deepening the policies and practices of the academy, even during a pandemic.

We can begin by building relationships with inside-led advocacy groups already doing groundbreaking abolitionist work such as Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty (PHADP), the nation’s only 501(c)3 founded and led by people on death row. Their mission is “to educate the public and to bring about the abolition of the death penalty in Alabama.” I am currently working with them to produce an edited collection of their organization’s history, writings, and advocacy (Ghosts Over the Boiler: Voices from Alabama’s Death Row, under advance contract with Vanderbilt UP). We can and should use scholarly platforms to prioritize work by systems-impacted people. Jeanine Weekes Schroer and I are co-editing a special issue of Mississippi Quarterly on the topic of mass incarceration in the U.S. South; three of the eight submissions are from currently or formerly incarcerated people. 

Although in-person programs are on hold, including the University of North Alabama’s Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, we can work to adapt our prison education programs to a correspondence modality involving weekly drop-offs and pick-ups to ensure that educational materials continue to reach incarcerated learners. Pen pal programs can also alleviate social isolation and help people with shared interests to network across prison walls: the Justice Arts Coalition, for example, pairs incarcerated and non-incarcerated artists through the pARTner project.

We can address barriers to educational access at our home institutions. Many universities require applicants to check the “felony box” when they apply for admission. Consider working with admissions to find out what happens next, or whether this box can be removed altogether. If your institution offers coursework at a prison, are the courses credit-bearing and transferable? Can your institution extend resources to a nearby correctional facility? Each year, UNA’s English department sponsors a visit by the Actors from the London Stage, who also perform a Shakespeare play at our nearest men’s prison.

These difficult times demand authentic ethical commitments. Mutual aid models help us see that prison work is not a one-way outreach program. They create opportunities for the academy to increase equity in teaching, research, and service. My incarcerated students and research partners have taught me, for example, that brilliance is not necessarily located in lofty language; that some research models (goodbye, randomized controlled trials) are inherently undemocratic, especially in prison settings; and that true collaboration requires compromise and patience, whether or not time is on your side. Collaborative work is often devalued in the humanities, but critical participatory action research requires sustained time and labor as researchers work with and alongside, rather than for or on behalf of, impacted communities. Let’s incentivize work that is transformational rather than transactional. 


The North Carolina Literary Review 

The North Carolina Literary Review needs book reviewers. NCLR publishes essay reviews. If you are interested, please contact the editor, Margaret Bauer ([email protected]). Or encourage your strong graduate students to do so.


Subaltern Souths (MLA)

2022 MLA Convention
Washington, D.C. (January 6–9, 2022)

In her contribution to Keywords for Southern Studies (2016), Shirley Elizabeth Thompson contends that southern studies would benefit from “more precisely articulating the disruptive knowledge of subalterns.” This panel seeks to continue this work by problematizing the terms “south” and “southern” in regional studies. What is lost when “south” becomes “the South” and “southern” is complicated by the relativity of its own regional position? What is illuminated? We are interested in papers that not only examine but also diffract how subaltern texts and movements resist, reclaim, and re-/de-center the term “south.” Topics may include but are not limited to: comparative regional studies; exploring what upholds hegemony in studies of “south”; counterhegemonic frameworks and structures to “south”-related fields of study, and fostering alliances across intersectional differences. As scholars and citizens within and beyond the academy, how does examining our relationship to the term “south” allow us to better understand the significance of regional, ideological, and individual/personal positionality in interdisciplinary research, activism, and lifeways? Please send a 250-word abstract and a copy of your CV to Frank Cha (f[email protected]) and Joanmarie Bañez ([email protected]by March 15, 2021. All panel participants must be MLA members by April 7, 2021.

Black Resistance in the U.S. South (MLA)

In Freedom Dreams, Robin D.G. Kelley states, “Making a revolution is not a series of clever maneuvers and tactics but a process that can and must transform us.” Black resistance in the US South over the past 500 years has transformed the region, shaping the South into the nexus of activism we see today. In the summer of 2020, when activists toppled symbols of white supremacy from North Carolina to Georgia, they participated in a tradition of transformative resistance that has opened paths for Black people and other people of color living in the former Confederacy to claim a southern identity and remake the landscape as their own. Our conversation equates southernness with rebellion against colonization, slavery, and white supremacy. 

The panel defines the US South as a place of Black resistance and centers stories of mobilization for justice and social change from slave revolts to Black Lives Matter. We examine ways in which stories of activism are woven and rewoven into the fabric of Black southerness. So often moments of resistance, such as the 1803 mass suicide of captured Igbo (Ibo) people on St. Simons Island in Georgia, are passed through oral tradition for generations before a retelling occurs such as Julie Dash’s film Daughters of the Dust. Places both real—such as the Sea Islands and Eatonville—and fictional—such as Randall Kenan’s Tim’s Creek, North Carolina and Rion Amilcar Scott’s Cross River, Maryland—have inspired stories about Black communities in the South that have found autonomy despite the racist political and social structures of the US South. We seek to share these stories in order to shift cultural perceptions of the region and testify to how Black southern activism has shaped the history of this country. 

Possible topics include: 

  • Southern slave revolts, including how historical figures of Black resistance such as Nat Turner and Denmark Vesey have inspired southern writers from Martin Delany’s Blake (1859-61) to contemporary authors.
  • Imaginative retellings of stories of fugitivity and survival, including Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Margaret Walker’s Jubilee, Ernest Gaines’s The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing, John Edgar Wideman’s American Histories, John Keene’s Counternarratives, and Octavia Butler’s Kindred.
  • Collections of stories and written recordings of oral traditions—such as Zora Neale Hurston’s Of Mules and Men, Michelle E. Lee’s Working the Roots, and E. Patrick Johnson’s Sweet Tea and Black. Queer. Southern. Women.-that resist erasure.
  • Reconstruction-era activist writing—such as Booker T. Washington’s Up from Slavery (1901), Anna Julia Cooper’s A Voice from the South, and W.E.B. Dubois’s Black Reconstruction—that mediate the intersections between race and labor and consider the pitfalls and possibilities of a utopian vision of Black life in the South.
  • Literature of contemporary labor exploitation such as Attica Locke’s The Cutting Season and James Hannaham’s Delicious Foods, that interweave communities of migrant workers within the historical legacy of slavery and the plantation.
  • The impact of HBCUs on the cultures and social fabrics of the South such as the role of groups like the Greensboro Four and the Southern Sixteen during the sit-in movement of 1960.
  • Prison abolitionism in the US South and the legacy of places such as Parchman Farm
  • The archive of civil rights movement literature produced by activists themselves or the retelling of the civil rights movement in narratives such as Alice Walker’s Meridian, John A. Williams The Man Who Cried I Am, Killen’s ‘Sippi, Tom Dent’s Southern Journey and Elizabeth Martinez’s De Colores Means All of Us, Toni Cade Bambara’s The Salt Eaters, and Shay Youngblood’s Black Power Barbie
  • The Black Arts Movement in the South, Southern Black Cultural Alliance, which brought together theater and arts groups and published the literary journal Nkombo; BLKARTSOUTH in New Orleans founded by Tom Dent and Kalamu Ya Salaam, Southern Collective of African American Writers, founded by Bambara and others in Atlanta.
  • Contemporary responses to issues of police brutality and white supremacist terrorism in the South inspiring Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give, Jericho Brown’s The Tradition, and The Fire This Time, edited by Jesmyn Ward. The movement to remove confederate monuments has also produced responses by Randall Kenan and Caroline Randall Williams.

MLA 2022 will take place Jan 6-9 in Washington, DC. Abstracts of 250 words are due March 21, 2021 to [email protected]

Bodies of Water: The Coastal South and the Caribbean (MLA)

The waters that make up the natural barrier between the United States and the Caribbean constitute a vibrant border culture where multiethnic and multilingual communities have existed long before the foundation of this country and continue to thrive today. This area acts as a contact zone between people from different countries in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America to an area that has historically been a symbol for white supremacy: the deep South and Florida. Two versions of the South emerge where cities such as Miami and New Orleans have been considered extensions of the Caribbean, while people of the Caribbean diaspora continue to face the hostility and racism from slavery’s roots in the US South. Writers—such as Zora Neale Hurston, Édouard Glissant , and José Yglesias—reveal the longevity of transnational identities between the Caribbean and the South, which has been a point of analysis for the “new southern studies” of early 2000s that explores the South’s transnational relationships and that continues in contemporary scholarship in the field.

The panel explores the aqueous borderlands of the Gulf Coast and Florida and recognizes this area as central to a South that is—and always has been—multilingual and diverse. Like the Caribbean, this area of the US South has witnessed overlapping histories of colonization and environmental destruction; the building of plantations and rebellions from enslaved people; the subjugation and displacement of native peoples and their resistances and revolts. More recently, the presence of Krome Detention Center in South Florida or the fact that the largest ICE raid in US history was in Mississippi reveals to us how the US South is, indeed, a border culture. And books such as Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing, Toni Morrison’s Tar Baby, Edwidge Danticat’s The Dew Breaker, and Cristina Garcia’s The Aguero Sisters, depict a South (or Souths?) entangled with and inseparable from the Caribbean. How do concepts of border thinking change when we shift focus to the Southeast? How have our theorizations and imaginings of U.S.-Caribbean relationships changed as a result of new developments in transnationalism and new southern studies over the last two decades? 

Possible topics include:

  • Engaging with and thinking beyond Glissant’s concept of Antillanite or Antonio Benitez Rojo’s archepelagic constructions of the Caribbean. 
  • Migration and displacement; diaspora and return. 
  • How climate change and (un)natural disasters collapse both the Caribbean and the US South together.
  • The Caribbeanness of US places such as Miami, New Orleans, and other locations across the Gulf Coast. 
  • Caribbean/U.S. Southern constructions of identities (Latinx, Indigenous, Black, Mestizx)
  • Rural/urban tourism and localism
  • Religious and cultural syncretism 
  • Foodways and folkways
  • Decolonial, anticolonial, and anti-imperial practices and activism

MLA 2022 will take place Jan 6-9 in Washington, DC. Abstracts of 250 words are due March 21, 2021 to [email protected]

Afrosouthernfuturism and the Black Speculative Arts (MLA)

Recently scholars have begun to explore how black artists, writers, musicians, and filmmakers construct blackness, black embodiment, and black experiences in the speculative arts. Indeed, as Isiah Lavender III has argued, “one might argue that chattel slavery is an apocalyptic event that created black experience in the new world as a real science fiction.” In this way, black speculative fiction has long served as a critical response to the trauma and potential of black life, deployed strategically to think in and beyond our current moment, and to make sense of our histories. This is especially important given that, as DeWitt Kilgore argues, “Afrofuturism can be seen as less a marker of black authenticity and more a cultural force, an episteme that betokens a shift in our largely unconscious assumptions about what histories matter and how they may serve as a precondition for any future we may imagine.” To this end, Afrofuturism is, according to Ytasha Womack, “an intersection of imagination, technology, the future, and liberation.” Afrofuturism as an aesthetic movement, then, contends directly with the horrors of black life from slavery into those attending an uncertain future. Anchored not only in technological responses to black suffering, Afrofuturism across genres reshapes and expands upon conceptions of black people as human, nonhuman, and posthuman.

From Charles W. Chestnutt’s 1899 The Conjure Woman and Pauline E. Hopkins’ 1903 Of One Blood to Jesmyn Ward’s 2017 Sing, Unburied, Sing and N.K. Jemisin’s 2018 How Long ‘til Black Future Month?, Afrosouthernfuturism is rooted in imaginings of black futures (and, at times, black pasts) both enmeshed in and envisioned beyond our current planetary time and space—yet always specifically located in a southern space and place. As R. Scott Heath has explained, the “planetary south” is configured as a place where “race, space, time, and newer technologies” are “launched from the south, from a south, or from a southern idea.” Afrosouthernfuturism, then, actively contends with what Saidiya Hartman has described as “the routinized violence of slavery and its aftermath through invocations of the shocking and terrible,” while also shaping worlds within conceptual frameworks of ontological freedom, articulated by Frank Wilderson III as “freedom from the world, freedom from Humanity, freedom from everyone (including one’s Black self).” By imagining blackness beyond and within the boundaries of the human body, the US south, and the planet, Afrosouthernfuturist texts are vital explorations of the (un)certainty of black survival and the promise and potential of black futures.

We invite papers from scholars interested in working toward a critical definition of Afrosouthernfuturism in southern studies, African American studies, critical race and ethnic studies, studies of race and speculative fiction, and/or Anthropocene studies.

Abstracts of 250 words are due March 25th to [email protected]

Possible topics include:

  • Genres of Afrosouthernfuturism in literature, art, culture (fantasy, cyberpunk, science fiction, dystopian/utopian, alternate history, horror)
  • Constructions of the human and alien/Other/animal/nonhuman
  • The politics and ethics of worldbuilding 
  • Black affect and the politics of emotion
  • Representations of space-time or other dimensions
  • Black posthumanity and Afro-pessimism
  • Gender and sexuality in Afrosouthernfuturism 
  • Morrison’s Africanist Presence and Afrosouthernfuturism

Global South: Incarceration and Resistance

The editors of this special issue of the Global South are seeking contributors whose work engages with questions of incarceration and movements for resistance and abolition. As many major works regarding the development of mass incarceration in the United States draw explicit links between the development of the prison and the legacies of U.S. slavery and Jim Crow practices, this issue is, rather (or also), interested in examining the development of the prison-industrial complex through a global south perspective. In 2001, Angela Y. Davis encouraged readers that “…in the era of the prison-industrial complex, activists must pose hard questions about the relationship between global capitalism and the spread of U.S.-style prisons throughout the world”—questions that have only become increasingly relevant today. We invite proposals that explore the developments of the role of prisons and other carceral spaces in conversation with global lineages of slavery and segregation, global capitalism/imperialism, practices of immigrant detainment, the environment, and national and transnational movements for resistance. We welcome broadened definitions of prison/confinement for articulating modes of state violence throughout the Global South; likewise, we welcome critical interrogations of contemporary terms and understandings of incarceration in the spirit of Dylan Rodríguez’s recent unpacking of the term “mass incarceration”.

Possible Topics Include:

  • Private prison industries across the Global South
  • Global explorations of the development of prisons and grassroots resistance strategies. 
  • Global South prison abolitionist movements
  • Analyses of gender, race, sexuality, and class (or the intersections thereof) relations within carceral systems
  • State and post-industrial/late capitalist turns toward prison and prison construction
  • Global, anti-imperial/anti-colonial abolitionist visions and practices
  • Prison regimes beyond U.S. prison prototype
  • Examination of the “direct links between “corporate globalization and the Prison-Industrial Complex” (Berger et al)
  • Refugeeism, Global South refugees, detention centers, and global southern spaces of confinement 
  • Global South prisons and COVID-19

This issue is slated for publication in Fall 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 Juyeon Jang and Allison M. Serraes, at [email protected] and [email protected], by June 1, 2021

CFP: North Carolina Literary Review 

The 2022 issue of the North Carolina Literary Review will feature Writer/Teachers (Teacher/Writers) of North Carolina. We are seeking interviews with such writers and literary criticism on their works by August 31, 2021. (Creative submissions are collected through NCLR’s creative writing competitions.) Find our submission guidelines on our website: http://www.nclr.ecu.edu/submissions/ Submit through Submittable here: https://nclr.submittable.com/submit/186587/2022-special-feature-section-writer-teachers-of-north-carolina


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

  • Chase, Greg. “Of Trips Taken and Time Served: How Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing Grapples with Faulkner’s Ghosts.” African American Review, vol. 53, no. 3, 2020, pp. 201-216. 
  • Everett, Gabrielle. “Reading the ‘Veil of Black’; in Frederick Douglass and Thomas Jefferson: Affective Legibility and National Belonging.” African American Review, vol. 53, no. 3, 2020, pp. 163-180. 
  • Greenwell, Amanda M. “Aesthetic Resistance: Racist Visual Tropes and the Oppositional Gaze in Joel Christian Gill’s Tales of the Talented Tenth.” African American Review, vol. 53, no. 3, 2020, pp. 181-200. 
  • Henderson, Paul. “Tangled Roots, a Bloody Forest: Trees, Trauma, and Black Female Bodies in Beloved.” African American Review, vol. 53, no. 3, 2020, pp. 217-230. 

American Indian Quarterly

  • Carpenter, Marc James. “Replaying Colonialism: Indigenous National Sovereignty and Its Limits in Strategic Videogames.” The American Indian Quarterly, vol. 45, no. 1, 2021, pp. 33-55.

American Literary History

  • Aljoe, Nicole N. “Reading the ‘Memoirs of the Life of Florence Hall’ Through The Long Song of the Caribbean Colonial Archive.” American Literary History, vol. 32, no. 4, 2020, pp. 623-644. 
  • Black, Alex W. “‘A New Enterprise in Our History’: William Still, Conductor of The Underground Rail Road (1872).” American Literary History, vol. 32, no. 4, 2020, pp. 668-690. 
  • Greeson, Jennifer Rae. “What Was ‘Southern Literature’?” American Literary History, vol. 32, no. 3, 2020, pp. 573-583.
  • Lukasik, Christopher. “Race and the Rise of a Mass Visual Culture: The Case of David Hunter Strother’s Virginia Illustrated.” American Literary History, vol. 32, no. 3, 2020, pp. 446-479.
  • Peterson, Carla L. “Mapping Taste: Urban Modernities from the Tatler and Spectator to Frederick Douglass’ Paper.” American Literary History, vol. 32, no. 4, 2020, pp. 691-722.
  • Spires, Derrick R. “Genealogies of Black Modernities.” American Literary History, vol. 32, no. 4, 2020, pp. 611-622.
  • Womack, Autumn. “Reprinting the Past/Re-Ordering Black Social Life.” American Literary History, vol. 32, no. 4, 2020, pp. 755-780.
  • Wong, Edlie. “An Unexpected Direction: Pauline Hopkins, S. E. F. C. C. Hamedoe, and ‘The Dark Races of the Twentieth Century’.” American Literary History, vol. 32, no. 4, 2020, pp. 723-754.
  • Wright, Michelle M. “1619: The Danger of a Single Origin Story.” American Literary History, vol. 32, no. 4, 2020, pp. 1-12. 

American Literary Realism

  • Johnson, Sherita L. “Teaching the Realism of Jim Crow America.” American Literary Realism, vol. 53, no. 3, Spring 2021, pp. 204-209.

American Literature

  • Avery, Tamlyn. “‘Split by the Moonlight’: Beethoven and the Racial Sublime in African American Literature.” American Literature, vol. 92, no. 4, 1 December 2020, pp. 623–652.
  • Dillon, Elizabeth Maddock, and Kate Simpkins. “Makandal and Pandemic Knowledge: Literature, Fetish, and Health in the Plantationocene.” American Literature, vol. 92, no. 4, December 2020, pp. 723–735.
  • McMillan, Bo. “Richard Wright and the Black Metropolis: From the Great Migration to the Urban Planning Novel.” American Literature, vol. 92, no. 4, 1 December 2020, pp. 653–680.

American Studies

  • Ravela, Christian. “On the Weird Nostalgia of Whiteness: Poor Whites, White Death, and Black Suffering.” American Studies, vol. 59, no. 1, 2020, pp. 27-52. 
  • Thomas, George Porter. “Seeing in the Dark: Film and the Slave Past.” American Studies, vol. 59, no. 1, 2020, pp. 71-92. 

Cormac McCarthy Journal

  • Caradec, Julian. “The Value of the Suffering Child in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.” The Cormac McCarthy Journal, vol. 18, no. 2, 2020, pp. 113-127.
  • Josyph, Peter. “Rick Wallach’s Aboriginal Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West.” The Cormac McCarthy Journal, vol. 18, no. 2, 2020, pp. 147-164. 
  • Kirkbride, Jasmin. “The Burning Core: Using Heraclitus’s Concept of an Arche of Fire to Examine Humanity’s Connection with Nature in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.” The Cormac McCarthy Journal, vol. 18, no. 2, 2020, pp. 100-112. 
  • Labarga, Noemí Fernández. “‘No gray middle folk did he see’: Constructions of Race in Suttree.” The Cormac McCarthy Journal, vol. 18, no. 2, 2020, pp. 128-146.
  • Luce, Dianne C. “Creativity, Madness, and ‘the light that dances deep in Pontchartrain’: Glimpses of ‘The Passenger’ from Cormac McCarthy’s 1980 Correspondence.” The Cormac McCarthy Journal, vol. 18, no. 2, 2020, pp. 85-99.

Early American Literature

  • Blee, Lisa, and Jean M. O’brien. “Decentering 1620.” Early American Literature, vol. 56, no. 1, 2021, pp. 159-171. 
  • Dicuirci, Lindsay. “Two Ships, Two Shores.” Early American Literature, vol. 56, no. 1, 2021, pp. 131-156. 
  • Grandjean, Katherine, and Sarah Schuetze. “Special Issue Introduction: 1620, Interrupted.” Early American Literature, vol. 56, no. 1, 2021, pp. 3-21.
  • Pestana, Carla Gardina. “The Uses of Plymouth Plantation.” Early American Literature, vol. 56, no. 1, 2021, pp. 183-190. 

Edgar Allan Poe Review

  • Correoso-Rodenas, José Manuel, and Alejandro Jaquero-Esparcia. “Poe in the Age of Spanish Populism: Conversations between the Word and Image in the Spanish Editions from the 1930s and 1940s.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 21, no. 2, 2020, pp. 249-264.
  • Ehrlich, Heyward. “Poe in Cyberspace: Taming the Wild Wild Web.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 21, no. 2, 2020, pp. 297-301. 
  • Forclaz, Roger. “Edgar Allan Poe and Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu: Pioneers of the Story of Detection.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 21, no. 2, 2020, pp. 265-271. 
  • Freeman, John. “Poe’s ‘Philosophy of Comp[utation]’: A Programmer’s Guide to ‘The Raven’.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 21, no. 2, 2020, pp. 224-248. 
  • Jones, Paul Christian. “The Cultural and Political Work of Poe’s ‘The Masque of the Red Death’ During the AIDS Era.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 21, no. 2, 2020, pp. 192-223. 
  • Savoye, Jeffrey A. “A Series of Sonnets: Revisions in ‘To My Mother’.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 21, no. 2, 2020, pp. 272-275.
  • Savoye, Jeffrey A. “The Importance of One Comma in ‘Eldorado’.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 21, no. 2, 2020, pp. 276-277.
  • Semtner, Christopher P. “Poe in Richmond: Conserving Poe’s Papers.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 21, no. 2, 2020, pp. 302-310. 
  • Shackelford, Lynne Piper. “‘Things Fall Apart; the Centre Cannot Hold’: Roderick Usher’s Challenges with Sensory Processing in ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, vol. 21, no. 2, 2020, pp. 175-191. 

Eudora Welty Review

  • Crews, Elizabeth. “Crusading Is ‘for the Birds’: Politics and Eudora Welty’s The Shoe Bird.” Eudora Welty Review, vol. 12, 2020, pp. 143-155. 
  • Harrison, Rebecca L., et al. “Teaching Welty in the High School Classroom: A Student/Teacher Collaboration.” Eudora Welty Review, vol. 12, 2020, pp. 157-182.
  • Lowe, John Wharton. “The Beauty Parlor as Comic Cauldron in ‘Petrified Man’ and Steel Magnolias.” Eudora Welty Review, vol. 12, 2020, pp. 87-101.
  • McHaney, Pearl Amelia. “Speculations on Eudora Welty’s Reading of Seven Gothic Tales and Out of Africa, by Isak Dinesen.” Eudora Welty Review, vol. 12, 2020, pp. 125-142.
  • Miller, Monica Carol. “Women!! Make Husband in Own Home!: Welty’s Use of Sewing as Subversive Practice.” Eudora Welty Review, vol. 12, 2020, pp. 37-51. 
  • Patterson, Laura Sloan. “‘A Lady Couldn’t Expect to Travel without a Hat’: Cultural Capital, Gender, and Sexuality in Welty’s Short Fiction.” Eudora Welty Review, vol. 12, 2020, pp. 19-35.
  • Pickard, Michael. “Eudora Welty and the House of Fiction.” Eudora Welty Review, vol. 12, 2020, pp. 53-68. 
  • Schmidt, Peter. “Burning the Breadboard: A New Approach to The Optimist’s Daughter.” Eudora Welty Review, vol. 12, 2020, pp. 103-123. 
  • Sweeney, Elizabeth. “Hunter McKelva Cole Reminisces about Eudora Welty and Country Churchyards: An Interview.” Eudora Welty Review, vol. 12, 2020, pp. 183-195.
  • Warfield, Adrienne Akins, and Sarah Gilbreath Ford. “‘The Continuous Thread of Revelation’: Eudora Welty Reconsidered.” Eudora Welty Review, vol. 12, 2020, pp. 13-17.
  • Watson, Keri. “Precarious Memory: Eudora Welty and the Mississippi State Lunatic Asylum.” Eudora Welty Review, vol. 12, 2020, pp. 69-86.

Faulkner Journal

  • Berte, Leigh Ann Litwiller. “Literary Cartography and Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha.” The Faulkner Journal, vol. 31, no. 2, 2017, pp. 175-196. 
  • Cawley, Caitlin. “The Old Peace of Absalom, Absalom!: Interwar Faulkner and the Tradition of Nonviolence.” The Faulkner Journal, vol. 31, no. 2, 2017, pp. 127-152.
  • Dunkel, Solveig. “Toni Morrison and William Faulkner’s Verbose Ghosts.” The Faulkner Journal, vol. 32, no. 1, 2018, pp. 51-66. 
  • Gáti, Daniella. “Reading Reading: Faulkner’s Queer Exercise in Reader Complicity in Light in August.” The Faulkner Journal, vol. 31, no. 2, 2017, pp. 153-173. 
  • Guillain, Aurélie. “The Long Shadow of Joe Christmas: Visions of a Faulknerian Character in the Works of Jean-Paul Sartre, Claude Romano, and Jacques Rancière.” The Faulkner Journal, vol. 32, no. 1, 2018, pp. 89-105. 
  • Matthews, John T. “Heirs-at-Large: Precarity and Salvage in the Post-Plantation Souths of Faulkner and Jesmyn Ward.” The Faulkner Journal, vol. 32, no. 1, 2018, pp. 33-50. 
  • Schallau, Juliane. “Texts of the Sons: William Faulkner, Günter Grass, and the Narration of Guilt.” The Faulkner Journal, vol. 32, no. 1, 2018, pp. 67-87.
  • Spill, Frédérique. “France’s Encounter with Faulkner.” The Faulkner Journal, vol. 32, no. 1, 2018, pp. 9-32. 
  • Wainwright, Michael. “The Moral Mathematics of Strategic Games in The Unvanquished.” The Faulkner Journal, vol. 31, no. 2, 2017, pp. 197-228.

Flannery O’Connor Review

  • Arteaga, Rachel. “Love, Joy, Sorrow: The Summa Theologica and the Devotional Writing of Flannery O’Connor.” Flannery O’Connor Review, vol. 18, August 2020.
  • Chen, Connie. “The Deaths of Bishop Rayber: Drowning Normalcy in The Violent Bear It Away.” Flannery O’Connor Review, vol. 18, August 2020.
  • Henderson, Bruce. “Flannery O’Connor and the Romance of Disability: The Crip/Queer Fictions of Joseph Torchia and Brad Watson.” Flannery O’Connor Review, vol. 18, August 2020.
  • Hughes, Huntley. “Fighting the World’s Overflow: Labor, Community, and Precarity in ‘The Displaced Person.’” Flannery O’Connor Review, vol. 18, August 2020.
  • Loftis, Sonya Freeman. “The Word and the Flesh: Reading (and Misreading) Disability in O’Connor.” Flannery O’Connor Review, vol. 18, August 2020.
  • Martin, Karl E. “Shutting Down the Open Road: Flannery O’Connor’s Influence on Bruce Springsteen’s Songwriting.” Flannery O’Connor Review, vol. 18, August 2020. 
  • Miller, Monica Carol. “Converging: Reading Flannery O’Connor and Alice Walker in the Multimodal Classroom.” Flannery O’Connor Review, vol. 18, August 2020. 
  • Noon, Mark A. “Pigs in Space: Notes on Flannery O’Connor’s Pig Astronaut in ‘Revelation.’” Flannery O’Connor Review, vol. 18, August 2020. 

Global South

  • Pinkowitz, Jacqueline. “Southern Slavery, Italian Style: Italian-American Exchange, International Networks, and Global Exploitation Film in the Slaverysploitation Cycle.” The Global South, vol. 13, no. 2, 2019, pp. 30-72. 

Journal of African American Studies

  • Dupree-Wilson, Teisha. “Killing ‘Dixie’: The NAACP, the Black Press, and the Crusade to End Black Caricature Culture in Hollywood, 1950–1969.” Journal of African American Studies, vol. 24, no. 4,2020, pp. 596–610.
  • Ghasemi, Parvin, and Samira Heidari. “Patricia Hill Collins’ Black Feminine Identity in Toni Morrison’s Beloved.” Journal of African American Studies, vol. 24, no. 4,2020, pp. 586–595.

Journal of American Studies

  • Develvis, Melissa. “‘May the Lord Shield and Protect Us from the Terrible Storm Ahead of Us’: Elite South Carolina Women’s Anticipation of Secession and War, 1860–1861.” Journal of American Studies, vol. 54, no. 5, 2020, pp. 981–1004.
  • Fleming, Daniel T. “‘A Day On, Not a Day Off’: Transforming Martin Luther King Day (1993–1999).” Journal of American Studies, vol. 54, no. 5, 2020, pp. 951–980.
  • Fraser, Rebecca J., and Martyn Griffin. “‘Why Sit Ye Here and Die’? Counterhegemonic Histories of the Black Female Intellectual in Nineteenth-Century America.” Journal of American Studies, vol. 54, no. 5, 2020, pp. 1005–1031.
  • Hodder, Jake. “Casting a Black Gandhi: Martin Luther King Jr., American Pacifists and the Global Dynamics of Race.” Journal of American Studies, vol. 55, no. 1, 2021, pp. 48–74.
  • Kahan, Benjamin, and Madoka Kishi. “Sex under Necropolitics: Waldo Frank, Jean Toomer, and Black Enfleshment.” Journal of American Studies, vol. 54, no. 5, 2020, pp. 926–950.
  • Lawson, Andrew. “Writing a Bill of Exchange: The Perils of Pearl Street, The Adventures of Harry Franco, and the Antebellum Credit System.” Journal of American Studies, vol. 54, no. 4, 2020, pp. 645–670.
  • Rowe, Adam. “The New Creed of the Nation: Charles Eliot Norton, E. L. Godkin, and the Meaning of Freedom in the Civil War Era.” Journal of American Studies, vol. 54, no. 4, 2020, pp. 671–705.
  • Willson, Nicole. “Excavating Occluded Histories at Destrehan Plantation: Afro-Creole Resistance from ‘Marguerite’ to Beyoncé.” Journal of American Studies, vol. 54, no. 4, 2020, pp. 775–808.

Journal of Science Fiction

  • Coby, Jim. “Reading Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation in the Anthropocene.” Journal of Science Fiction, vol. 4, no. 1, 2020, pp. 15-16.

Kate Chopin International Society

  • Bonner, Thomas, Jr. “Note on Kate Chopin’s Birthday.” Kate Chopin International Society, https://www.katechopin.org/february-8-kate-chopins-birthday/, 8 Feb. 2021.

Mark Twain Annual

  • Bronson-Bartlett, Blake. “The Mysterious Stranger’s Crisis of Duplicates: Incompletion and the Vexed Transmission of Twain’s Late Writings.” The Mark Twain Annual, vol. 18, 2020, pp. 40-64.
  • Cadle, Nathaniel. “Mark Twain and the Romantic Revival.” The Mark Twain Annual, vol. 18, 2020, pp. 152-169. 
  • Dawley, M. M. “‘Well, you’re innocent, ain’t you!’: Mark Twain’s Attack on the American Adam.” The Mark Twain Annual, vol. 18, 2020, pp. 133-151.
  • Filetti, Jean. “Huck and Jim’s Island Time in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and the Importance of Brave Spaces.” The Mark Twain Annual, vol. 18, 2020, pp. 11-21. 
  • Harris, Susan K. “Theorizing Twain: A Personal View.” The Mark Twain Annual, vol. 18, 2020, pp. 22-39.
  • Michelson, Bruce. “Reckoning with the Autobiography.” The Mark Twain Annual, vol. 18, 2020, pp. 90-110. 
  • Ohge, Christopher. “‘It was a mistake’: Abolitionism, Revision, and Mark Twain’s ‘A Scrap of Curious History’.” The Mark Twain Annual, vol. 18, 2020, pp. 65-89.
  • Roark, Jarrod. “Teaching Racial Boundaries: How Mark Twain’s Characters Expose Our ‘Mental Attitudes’ about Race and Racism.” The Mark Twain Annual, vol. 18, 2020, pp. 1-10. 
  • Seybold, Matt. “Trollfighting Mark Twain: Viral Media and the Funston Feud.” The Mark Twain Annual, vol. 18, 2020, pp. 111-122. 
  • Williams, Nathaniel. “Oceanic Fiction, W. Clark Russell, and Twain’s Sequel to ‘Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offenses’.” The Mark Twain Annual, vol. 18, 2020, pp. 123-132.


  • Borshuk, Michael. “‘Schoolboy Takes the Stage’: Albert Murray’s The Seven League Boots as Dramatization of an Aesthetic and Philosophy of Music.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S., vol. 45, no. 3, 2020, pp. 129-151.
  • Dib, Nicole. “Haunted Roadscapes in Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S., vol. 45, no. 2, 2020, pp. 134-153.
  • Robles, Francisco E. “Jean Toomer’s Cane and the Borderlands of Encounter and Contradiction.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S., vol. 45, no. 1, 2020, pp. 27-48. 

Mississippi Quarterly

  • Davis, David A. “Introduction: William Faulkner and World War I.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 72, no. 4, 2020, pp. 435-445. 
  • Gordon, Phillip. “Faulkner in a Time of Pandemic: Tracing the Influence of the 1918 Influenza in His Works.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 72, no. 4, 2020, pp. 467-483.
  • Honeini, Ahmed. “Wounded Soldiers Seeking Home: William Faulkner’s Soldiers’ Pay and Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 72, no. 4, 2020, pp. 485-501.
  • Jackson, Robert. “Trauma and Transnationalism: John Ford, William Faulkner, and the Cinema of World War I.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 72, no. 4, 2020, pp. 537-553.
  • Klarr, Lisa. “Decaying Spaces: Faulkner’s Gothic and the Construction of the National Real.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 72, no. 3, 2019, pp. 407-425.
  • Messick, Tiffany. “Walker Percy’s Netflixer: Transcorporeal Epistemologist.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 72, no. 3, 2019, pp. 377-406.
  • Penner, Erin. “Modernist Moonlight: Illuminating the Postwar Dread of Flags in the Dust.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 72, no. 4, 2020, pp. 503-520.
  • Rozelle, Lee. “Southern Neogothic: Trash and Terror in William Gay’s Twilight and Poppy Z. Brite’s Exquisite Corpse.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 72, no. 3, 2019, pp. 331-349.
  • Russell, Richard Rankin. “Natasha Trethewey’s Reading of Embodied Knowledge in Robert Penn Warren’s Brother to Dragons.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 72, no. 3, 2019, pp. 303-329. 
  • Spencer, Antonia. “‘Saxon and Celtic Bloods’: Scottish Romanticism and the Celtic-Southern Thesis in William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 72, no. 3, 2019, pp. 351-375.
  • Watson, Jay. “Faulkner’s Great War Modernism: New Death in Soldiers’ Pay.”Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 72, no. 4, 2020, pp. 447-466.
  • Wilhelm, Randall. “The Great War in Disguise: Faulkner, Cubism, and Camouflage.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 72, no. 4, 2020, pp. 521-536. 

Modern Fiction Studies

  • Mangrum, Benjamin. “Print Culture, Queer Form, and Mark Twain’s No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger.” MFS Modern Fiction Studies, vol. 66, no. 4, 2020, pp. 650-675.
  • McMahon, Wendy. “‘The Law Is Just Words After All’: Torture, Truth, and Language in the Post-9/11 US and Percival Everett’s The Water Cure.” MFS Modern Fiction Studies, vol. 66, no. 3, 2020, pp. 499-526.
  • Schreiber, Evelyn Jaffe. “Repressed Memory, Testimony, and Agency in Toni Morrison’s Home.” MFS Modern Fiction Studies, vol. 66, no. 4, 2020, pp. 724-754.
  • Williams, Erika R. “A Hymn of Faith Is a Tale of Love: Lohengrin and Platonic Romance in W. E. B. Du Bois’s ‘Of the Coming of John’.” MFS Modern Fiction Studies, vol. 66, no. 4, 2020, pp. 676-701.

Native South

  • Adams, Mikaëla M. “‘The Positive Duty to Aid Them’: Segregated Health, Federal Responsibility, and the Mississippi Choctaws during the 1918–1919 Influenza Pandemic.” Native South, vol. 13, 2020, pp. 1-31. 
  • Caldwell, Robert B. “Persistence on the Edge: The Choctaw-Apache Community of Ebarb.” Native South, vol. 13, 2020, pp. 190-203.
  • Garrison, Tim Alan. “Twisting Air: Native Southerners and Their Encounters with Tornadoes.” Native South, vol. 13, 2020, pp. 60-93. 
  • Oberg, Michael Leroy. “‘Every Drop of Indian Blood’: The Short but Ironic Life of Sylvester Long.” Native South, vol. 13, 2020, pp. 32-59.
  • Wallace, Jessica L. “More than ‘Strangers to Each Others Persons & Manners’: Overhill Cherokees and Fort Loudoun.” Native South, vol. 13, 2020, pp. 120-157.
  • Washburn, Jeffrey. “Directing Their Own Change: Chickasaw Economic Transformation and the Civilization Plan, 1750s–1830s.” Native South, vol. 13, 2020, pp. 94-119. 
  • Wright, Miller Shores. “‘A Man’s Children Have No Claim to His Property’: Creek Matrilineal Property Relations and Gendered Conflict at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century.” Native South, vol. 13, 2020, pp. 158-189.

Nineteenth-Century Literature

  • Thomas, Brook“The Galaxy, National Literature, and Reconstruction.” Nineteenth-Century Literature, vol. 75, no. 1, 2020, pp. 50–81.

Poe Studies

  • Einboden, Jeffrey. “‘As Moslemin their Shrouds at Mecca’: The Arabic Repressions and Resurrections of Poe’s Corpus.” Poe Studies, vol. 53, 2020, pp. 28-46.
  • Fish, Laura. “The Disappearing Body: Poe and the Logics of Iranian Horror Films.” Poe Studies, vol. 53, 2020, pp. 86-104. 
  • Grumberg, Karen. “‘Dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before’: Poe, Degeneration, and Revolution in the Hebrew Imagination.” Poe Studies, vol. 53, 2020, pp. 47-65. 
  • Grumberg, Karen. “Introduction: Beyond Orientalism—Edgar Allan Poe and the Middle East.” Poe Studies, vol. 53, 2020, pp. 3-9.
  • Justin, Henri. “‘X-ing a Paragrab’: Guess what that is about if you can!” Poe Studies, vol. 53, 2020, pp. 107-133. 
  • Shamir, Milette. “How to Make the East Interesting: Poe and the Holy-Land Vogue.” Poe Studies, vol. 53, 2020, pp. 10-27. 
  • Tekdemir, Hande. “The Haunting Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe in Ottoman-Turkish Literature.” Poe Studies, vol. 53, 2020, pp. 66-85. 

South Atlantic Review

  • Ashland, Alexander J. “Documenting Novel Sources in Antebellum U.S. Literature.” South Atlantic Review, vol. 85, no. 3, 2020, pp. 19-36.
  • Kobre, Michael. “From The Evening Land to Route 12: The MoviegoerRevolutionary Road, and the Afterlives of Novels.” South Atlantic Review, vol. 85, no. 3, 2020, pp. 53-68.
  • Lawrence, Nicholas. “Cannibalism, Terminus, and Ambivalent Frontier Mythology in AMC’s The Walking Dead.” South Atlantic Review, vol. 85, no. 3, 2020, pp. 116-131.
  • McDonald, Rob. “Appalachian Ode: Photographs of Breece D’J Pancake’s West Virginia.” South Atlantic Review, vol. 85, no. 3, 2020, pp. 88-115.

Southern Cultures

  • Camposeco, Diego, and Jeff Whetstone. “A South in Every North: Diego Camposeco’s Utopian Vision.” Southern Cultures, vol. 26, no. 2, 2020, pp. 56-59.
  • Crosby, Patricia. “Taking Our First Steps.” Southern Cultures, vol. 26, no. 4, 2020, pp. 60-77. 
  • Doig-Acuña, Maya. “The Most Caribbean of Stories.” Southern Cultures, vol. 26, no. 4, 2020, pp. 12-23. 
  • Gelfand, Rachel. “‘Come Out Slugging!’: The Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance, 1972–1975.” Southern Cultures, vol. 26, no. 3, 2020, pp. 86-103.
  • Gumbs, Alexis Pauline. “Two Rivers.” Southern Cultures, vol. 26, no. 4, 2020, pp. 140-145. 
  • Ingram, Jessica. “Road Through Midnight.” Southern Cultures, vol. 26, no. 2, 2020, pp. 32-55. 
  • Kruse, Beth, et al. “Remembering Ida, Ida Remembering: Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Black Political Culture in Reconstruction-Era Mississippi.” Southern Cultures, vol. 26, no. 3, 2020, pp. 20-41. 
  • Lanier, Michelle, and Allison Janae Hamilton. “Rooted: Black Women, Southern Memory, and Womanist Cartographies.” Southern Cultures, vol. 26, no. 2, 2020, pp. 12-31. 
  • Lentz-Smith, Adriane. “‘The Laws Have Hurt Me’ Violence, Violation, and Black Women’s Struggles for Civil Rights.” Southern Cultures, vol. 26, no. 3, 2020, pp. 42-66.
  • Lynne, Jessica. “‘That Which We Are Still Learning to Name’: Two Photographs of Black Queer Intimacy.” Southern Cultures, vol. 26, no. 2, 2020, pp. 150-157. 
  • Morales, Andrea. “Holding On.” Southern Cultures, vol. 26, no. 3, 2020, pp. 67-85. 
  • Purifoy, Danielle M. “‘To Live and Thrive on New Earths’: The Earthseed Land Collective and Black Freedom.” Southern Cultures, vol. 26, no. 4, 2020, pp. 78-89. 
  • Randolph, Justin. “The Making of Appalachian Mississippi.” Southern Cultures, vol. 26, no. 4, 2020, pp. 90-109. 
  • Robinson, Zandria F. “Digging, Flapping, Churning, Soaring.” Southern Cultures, vol. 26, no. 4, 2020, pp. 6-11. 
  • Rosenthal, Gregory Samantha. “How to Become a Woman.” Southern Cultures, vol. 26, no. 3, 2020, pp. 122-137. 
  • Snyder, Christina. “The Once and Future Moundbuilders.” Southern Cultures, vol. 26, no. 2, 2020, pp. 96-116. 
  • Sostaita, Barbara. “Escape-Bound: Juana Luz Tobar Ortega’s Fugitive Poetics.” Southern Cultures, vol. 26, no. 4, 2020, pp. 42-59.
  • Standish, Jennifer, et al. “In Place to Make Change: NC2020 and the Commemoration of Women’s Suffrage.” Southern Cultures, vol. 26, no. 3, 2020, pp. 156-171.
  • Thompson, Joseph M. “The ‘Good Old Rebel’ at the Heart of Radical Right.” Southern Cultures, vol. 26, no. 4, 2020, pp. 124-139.
  • Verdin, Monique Michelle. “Cancer Alley: Istrouma to the Gulf of Mexico.” Southern Cultures, vol. 26, no. 2, 2020, pp. 80-95. 
  • Wilkerson, Jessica. “Pointing a Way Forward.” Southern Cultures, vol. 26, no. 3, 2020, pp. 6-19. 
  • Williams, Keira V. “‘Saving the Life That Is Your Own’: Southern Women Writers’ Great Migrations.” Southern Cultures, vol. 26, no. 3, 2020, pp. 104-121.

Southern Quarterly

  • Cochran, David M., Jr. “Territory, Legibility, and the Ecologies of Horticulture in La Mosquitia, Eastern Honduras.” The Southern Quarterly, vol. 57, no. 1, 2019, pp. 70-84.
  • Eisnach, Dwight, and Herbert C. Covey. “Slave Gardens in the Antebellum South: The Resolve of a Tormented People.” The Southern Quarterly, vol. 57, no. 1, 2019, pp. 11-23. 
  • Gillespie, Jeanne, and Nicolle Jordan. “Aztec Gardens: Representations of Political Power, Innovation, and Technology.” The Southern Quarterly, vol. 57, no. 1, 2019, pp. 28-46. 
  • Hair, Chris. “Roses Along the Equator: Situating Ecuador and Colombia Within the Global Cut-Flower Market.” The Southern Quarterly, vol. 57, no. 1, 2019, pp. 50-67. 
  • Rushing, Felder. “Over and Under the Fence – Southern Gardening as Social Glue: Featuring an Interview with Robert Brzuszek.” The Southern Quarterly, vol. 57, no. 1, 2019, pp. 87-97.

Southern Spaces

  • Harold, Claudrena N. “When Sunday Comes: Gospel Music in the Soul and Hip-Hop Eras.” Southern Spaces, 20 Nov. 2020.
  • Ledford, Katherine, and Theresa Lloyd. “Writing Appalachia: An Excerpt.” Southern Spaces, 12 Oct. 2020.
  • Riedel, Brian “Cruising Grounds: Seeking Sex and Claiming Place in Houston, 1960–1980.” Southern Spaces, 18 Dec. 2020.
  • Thomas, William G., III. “Reckoning with Enslavement.” Southern Spaces, 19 Jan. 2021. 

Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South

  • Abetz, Jenna, and Lynsey Romo “An Examination of How Southern Emerging Adults Communicatively Manage Multiple Goals in Talking About Race.” Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South, vol. 27, no. 1, Spring/Summer 2020.
  • Scherr, Arthur. “‘Monuments of Mortal Decay’: Thomas Jefferson’s Changing Perspectives on George Washington.” Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South, vol. 27, no. 1, Spring/Summer 2020.
  • Strum, Harvey. “Irish Famine Relief in the South, 1847.” Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South, vol. 27, no. 1, Spring/Summer 2020.

Studies in American Humor

  • Atassi, Sami H. “Playing with the Sovereign’s Plague in ‘King Pest’: A Summoning of Poe’s Necromantic Humor in War-Torn Syria.” Studies in American Humor, vol. 5, no. 2, 2019, pp. 351-371.
  • Ellis, Juniper. “Laughter’s Truths: Hurston, Ellison, and Open-Ended Dialogue.” Studies in American Humor, vol. 6, no. 1, 2020, pp. 91-109. 
  • Lowe, John Wharton. “The Comedy of Survivance in James Welch’s Fools Crow.” Studies in American Humor, vol. 6, no. 2, 2020, pp. 285-300. 
  • Martin, Gretchen. “The Pedagogics of the Con in Guy Owen’s The Ballad of the Flim-Flam Man.” Studies in American Humor, vol. 5, no. 2, 2019, pp. 330-350.
  • Piacentino, Ed. “English Sporting Writing, the Spirit of the Times, and Old Southwest Humor.” Studies in American Humor, vol. 5, no. 2, 2019, pp. 372-389.

Studies in American Fiction

  • Child, Ben. “Huck Finn, Land Pirate,” Studies in American Fiction,vol. 47, no.1, 2020, pp. 47-70.

Study the South

  • Avilez, GerShun. “Vanishing Acts: Civil Rights Reform and Dramatic Inversion in Douglas Turner Ward’s Day of Absence.” Study the South, Sept. 2020.
  • Cafer, Anne, et al. “Health Landscapes in the South: Rurality, Racism, and a Path Forward.” Study the South, Oct. 2020.

Texas Studies in Language and Literature

  • Bellows, Alyssa. “Evangelicalism, Adultery, and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.” Texas Studies in Literature and Language, vol. 62, no. 3, 2020, pp. 253-274. 
  • Parks, Justin. “Race and National Identity in Modernist Anthropology and Jean Toomer’s ‘The Blue Meridian’.” Texas Studies in Literature and Language, vol. 62, no. 3, 2020, pp. 344-367. 
  • Woodard, Helena. “New Histories, Lost Causes, and ‘Alternative Facts’: Suzan-Lori Parks’s The America Play in the Age of Trump.” Texas Studies in Literature and Language, vol. 62, no. 4, 2020, pp. 463-482.  

The Georgia Genealogical Society Quarterly

  • Samway, Patrick, S.J. “Flannery O’Connor’s Genealogy: The O’Connor, Flannery, Semmes, Harty, Norton, Cline, and Treanor Families.” The Georgia Genealogical Society Quarterly, vol. 56, no. 3 & 4, Fall / Winter 2020, pp. 1-24.

Twentieth-Century Literature

  • Foley, Hugh. “Robert Lowell, the New Critics, and the ‘Unforgivable Landscape’ of Liberalism.” Twentieth-Century Literature, vol. 66, no. 4, 2020, pp. 485-512.
  • Yukins, Elizabeth. “Film in Ralph Ellison’s Three Days Before the Shooting . . ..” Twentieth-Century Literature, vol. 66, no. 3, 2020, pp. 333-360.

Women’s Studies

  • Charles, Julia S. “Fraternal Fractures: Marriage, Masculinity, and Malicious Menfolk in Zora Neale Hurston’s ‘Sweat.’” Women’s Studies, vol. 50, no 1.

Academic Presses

Cambridge UP

  • Nowlin, Michael, editor. Richard Wright in Context. Cambridge University Press2021.
  • Roy, Michaël. Frederick Douglass in Context. Cambridge University Press2021.
  • Stecopoulos, Harilaos. A History of the Literature of the U.S. South. Cambridge University Press2021.

Chicago UP

  • Sites, William. Sun Ra’s Chicago: Afrofuturism and the City. Chicago University Press, 2020.

Duke UP

  • Aiello, Thomas. The Life and Times of Louis Lomax: The Art of Deliberate Disunity. Duke University Press, 2021.
  • Arabindan-Kesson, Anna. Black Bodies, White Gold: Art, Cotton, and Commerce in the Atlantic World. Duke University Press, 2021.
  • Bromell, Nick. The Powers of Dignity: The Black Political Philosophy of Frederick Douglass. Duke University Press, 2021.
  • Brown, Jayna. Black Utopias: Speculative Life and the Music of Other Worlds. Duke University Press, 2021.
  • Freeburg, Christopher. Counterlife: Slavery after Resistance and Social Death. Duke University Press, 2020.
  • Jung, Moon-Kie, and João H. Costa Vargas, editors. Antiblackness. Duke University Press, 2021.
  • Morgan, Jennifer L. Reckoning with Slavery: Gender, Kinship, and Capitalism in the Early Black Atlantic. Duke University Press, 2021.
  • Quashie, Kevin. Black Aliveness, or A Poetics of Being. Duke University Press, 2021.
  • Richardson, Riché. Emancipation′s Daughters: Reimagining Black Femininity and the National Body. Duke University Press, 2020.
  • Segal, Theodore D. Point of Reckoning: The Fight for Racial Justice at Duke University. Duke University Press, 2021.
  • ThomasTodne. Kincraft: The Making of Black Evangelical Sociality. Duke University Press, 2021.
  • Walcott, Rinaldo. The Long Emancipation: Moving toward Black Freedom. Duke University Press, 2021.

Louisiana State UP

  • Barthé, Darryl, Jr. Becoming American in Creole New Orleans, 1896–1949. Louisiana State University Press, 2021.
  • Beauchamp, M. K. Instruments of Empire: Colonial Elites and U.S. Governance in Early National Louisiana, 1803–1815. Louisiana State University Press, 2021.
  • Chadd, Clare. Postregional Fictions: Barry Hannah and the Challenges of Southern Studies. Louisiana State University Press, 2021.
  • Forret, Jeff, and Bruce E. Baker, editors. Southern Scoundrels: Grifters and Graft in the Nineteenth Century. Louisiana State University Press, 2021.
  • Jett, Brandon T. Race, Crime, and Policing in the Jim Crow South: African Americans and Law Enforcement in Birmingham, Memphis, and New Orleans, 1920–1945. Louisiana State University Press, 2021.
  • Johnson, Reinhard O. The Liberty Party, 1840-1848: Antislavery Third-Party Politics in the United States. Louisiana State University Press, 2021.
  • Langley, Linda P., and Denise E. Bates. Louisiana Coushatta Basket Makers: Traditional Knowledge, Resourcefulness, and Artistry as a Means of Survival. Louisiana State University Press, 2021.
  • Latzer, Barry. The Roots of Violent Crime in America: From the Gilded Age through the Great Depression. Louisiana State University Press, 2021.
  • Liulevicius, Kathleen Zebley. Rebel Salvation: Pardon and Amnesty of Confederates in Tennessee. Louisiana State University Press, 2021.
  • Major, Lou. Against the Klan: A Newspaper Publisher in South Louisiana during the 1960s. Louisiana State University Press, 2021.
  • Matsui, John H. Millenarian Dreams and Racial Nightmares: The American Civil War as an Apocalyptic Conflict. Louisiana State University Press, 2021.
  • Miller, Marilyn Grace. Port of No Return: Enemy Alien Internment in World War II New Orleans. Louisiana State University Press, 2021.
  • Outland, Robert B., III. Tapping the Pines: The Naval Stores Industry in the American South. Louisiana State University Press, 2021.
  • Rabalais, Nathan J. Folklore Figures of French and Creole Louisiana. Louisiana State University Press, 2021.
  • Rodriguez, John Eugene. Spanish New Orleans: An Imperial City on the American Periphery, 1766–1803. Louisiana State University Press, 2021.
  • Sancton, Tom. Sweet Land of Liberty: America in the Mind of the French Left, 1848–1871Louisiana State University Press, 2021.
  • Taylor, Gregory S. Central Prison: A History of North Carolina’s State Penitentiary. Louisiana State University Press, 2021.
  • VanHuss, Laura Kilcer, editor. Charting the Plantation Landscape from Natchez to New Orleans. Louisiana State University Press, 2021.
  • Zender, Karl F. Shakespeare and Faulkner: Selves and Others. Louisiana State University Press, 2021.

Mercer University Press

  • Graham-Bertolini, Alison, and Casey Kayser, editors. Understanding the Short Fiction of Carson McCullers. Mercer University Press, The Carson McCullers Series, 2020.

Ohio UP

  • Morrone, Michele. Ailing in Place: Environmental Inequities and Health Disparities in Appalachia. Ohio University Press, 2021.

Ohio State UP

  • Carson, Jordan. American Exceptionalism as Religion: Postmodern Discontent. Ohio State University Press, 2021.
  • Lavender, Isiah, III, and Lisa Yaszek. Literary Afrofuturism in the Twenty-First Century. Ohio State University Press, 2021.
  • Murillo, John, III. Impossible Stories: On the Space and Time of Black Destructive Creation. Ohio State University Press, 2021.

Salem Press

  • Leavell, Lori. “The Anticipatory Print Life of Douglass’s July Fourth Speech.” Critical Insights: Frederick Douglass, edited by Jericho Williams, Salem Press, 2020, pp. 105-19.

Southeast Missouri State University Press

  • Rieger, Christopher, and Andrew B. Leiter, editors. Faulkner and García Márquez. Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2020.
  • Rieger, Christopher, Robert W. Hamblin, editors. Faulkner and Morrison. Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2010. (Translated into Chinese 2020) 

U of Alabama P

  • Brown, Steven P. Alabama Justice: The Cases and Faces That Changed a Nation. The University of Alabama Press, 2020.
  • English, Bertis D. Civil Wars, Civil Beings, and Civil Rights in Alabama’s Black Belt: A History of Perry County. The University of Alabama Press, 2020.
  • Huebner, Andrew, and John M. Giggie, editors. Dixie’s Great War: World War I and the American South. The University of Alabama Press, 2020. 
  • Prados-Torreira, Teresa. The Power of Their Will: Slaveholding Women in Nineteenth-Century Cuba. 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.

U of Georgia P

  • Bradley, Regina N., editor. An OutKast Reader: Essays on Race, Gender, and the Postmodern South. University of Georgia Press, 2021.
  • Dunning, Arthur N. Unreconciled: Race, History, and Higher Education in the Deep South. University of Georgia Press, 2021.
  • Enjeti, Anjali. Southbound: Essays on Identity, Inheritance, and Social Change. University of Georgia Press, 2021.
  • Grillo, Jerry. The Music and Mythocracy of Col. Bruce Hampton: A Basically True Biography. University of Georgia Press, 2021.
  • Hendrickson, Hildi. Building Beloved Communities: The Life and Work of Rev. Dr. Paul Smith. University of Georgia Press, 2021.
  • Johnson, Ronald Angelo, and Ousmane K. Power-Greene, editors. In Search of Liberty: African American Internationalism in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World. University of Georgia Press, 2021.
  • Jones, Kelly Houston. A Weary Land: Slavery on the Ground in Arkansas. University of Georgia Press, 2021.
  • Kallman, Theodore. The Kingdom of God Is at Hand: The Christian Commonwealth in Georgia, 1896–1901. University of Georgia Press, 2021.
  • Lawton, Christopher R., et al, editors. Seen/Unseen: Hidden Lives in a Community of Enslaved Georgians. University of Georgia Press, 2021.
  • Marten, James, and Caroline E. Janney, editors. Buying and Selling Civil War: Memory in Gilded Age America. University of Georgia Press, 2021.
  • Minchew, Kaye Lanning. Jimmy Carter: Citizen of the South. University of Georgia Press, 2021.
  • Monteith, Sharon. SNCC’s Stories: The African American Freedom Struggle in the Civil Rights South. University of Georgia Press, 2020.  (launch interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dtNfN2daLQ)
  • Pochmara, Anna. The Nadir and the Zenith: Temperance and Excess in the Early African American Novel. University of Georgia Press, 2021.
  • Ribianszky, Nik. Generations of Freedom: Gender, Movement, and Violence in Natchez, 1779–1865. University of Georgia Press, 2021.
  • Rodriguez, Akira Drake. Diverging Space for Deviants: The Politics of Atlanta’s Public Housing. University of Georgia Press, 2021.
  • Wheeler, Kenneth H. Modern Cronies: Southern Industrialism from Gold Rush to Convict Labor, 1829–1894. University of Georgia Press, 2021.
  • Willis, Vincent D. Audacious Agitation: The Uncompromising Commitment of Black Youth to Equal Education after Brown. University of Georgia Press, 2021.

U of Illinois P

  • Ahad-Legardy, Badia. Afro-Nostalgia: Feeling Good in Contemporary Black Culture. University of Illinois Press, 2021.
  • Alridge, Derrick P., Cornelius L. Bynum, and James B. Stewar, editors. The Black Intellectual Tradition: African American Thought in the Twentieth Century. University of Illinois Press, 2021.
  • Bailey, Candace. Unbinding Gentility: Women Making Music in the Nineteenth-Century South. University of Illinois Press, 2021.
  • Barclay, Jenifer L. The Mark of Slavery: Disability, Race, and Gender in Antebellum America. University of Illinois Press, 2021.
  • Holden, Vanessa M. Surviving Southampton: African American Women and Resistance in Nat Turner’s Community. University of Illinois Press, 2021.
  • Milward, John. Americanaland: Where Country & Western Met Rock ‘n’ Roll. University of Illinois Press, 2021.

U of North Carolina P

  • Bradley, Regina. Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of the Hip-Hop South. University of North Carolina Press, 2021.
  • Butler, Anthea. White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America. University of North Carolina Press, 2021. 
  • Charles, Julia S. That Middle World: Race, Performance, and the Politics of Passing. University of North Carolina Press, 2020. 
  • Cox, Karen L. No Common Ground: Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice.University of North Carolina Press, 2021. 
  • Henderson, George. Blind Joe Death’s America: John Fahey, the Blues, and Writing White Discontent. University of North Carolina Press, 2021.
  • Miller, Adrian. Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue. University of North Carolina Press, 2021.
  • Montgomery, Michael B., and Jennifer K. N. Heinmiller. Dictionary of Southern Appalachian English. University of North Carolina Press, 2021.
  • Nunley, Tamika Y. At the Threshold of Liberty: Women, Slavery, and Shifting Identities in Washington, D.C. University of North Carolina Press, 2021.
  • Parkinson, Robert G. Thirteen Clocks: How Race United the Colonies and Made the Declaration of Independence. University of North Carolina Press, 2021.
  • Prince, K. Stephen. The Ballad of Robert Charles: Searching for the New Orleans Riot of 1900. University of North Carolina Press, 2021.
  • Rountree, Helen C. Manteo’s World: Native American Life in Carolina’s Sound Country before and after the Lost Colony. University of North Carolina Press, 2021.
  • Siracusa, Anthony C. Nonviolence before King: The Politics of Being and the Black Freedom Struggle. University of North Carolina Press, 2021.
  • Smethurst, James. Behold the Land: The Black Arts Movement in the South. University of North Carolina Press, 2021.
  • Vuic, Jason. The Swamp Peddlers: How Lot Sellers, Land Scammers, and Retirees Built Modern Florida and Transformed the American Dream. University of North Carolina Press, 2021.
  • Waite, Kevin. West of Slavery: The Southern Dream of a Transcontinental Empire. University of North Carolina Press, 2021.

U of South Carolina P

  • Adeleke, Tunde. In the Service of God and Humanity: Conscience, Reason, and the Mind of Martin R. Delany. University of South Carolina Press, 2021.
  • Brinson, Claudia Smith. Stories of Struggle: The Clash Over Civil Rights in South Carolina. University of South Carolina Press, 2020.
  • Crawford, Eric Sean. Gullah Spirituals: The Sound of Freedom and Protest in the South Carolina Sea Islands. University of South Carolina Press, 2021.
  • Faber, Eli. The Child in the Electric Chair: The Execution of George Junius Stinney Jr. and the Making of a Tragedy in the American South. University of South Carolina Press, 2021.
  • Harrison, Daniel M. Live at Jackson Station: Music, Community, and Tragedy in a Southern Blues Bar. University of South Carolina Press, 2020.
  • Hartley, Roger C. Monumental Harm: Reckoning with Jim Crow Era Confederate Monuments. University of South Carolina Press, 2021.
  • Littlefield, Valinda W., editor. 101 Women Who Shaped South Carolina. University of South Carolina Press, 2020.
  • Lowe, Stephen H. The Slow Undoing: The Federal Courts and the Long Struggle for Civil Rights in South Carolina. University of South Carolina Press, 2021.
  • Marks, John Garrison. Black Freedom in the Age of Slavery: Race, Status, and Identity in the Urban Americas. University of South Carolina Press, 2020.
  • O’Rourke, Sean Patrick and Lesli K. Pace. On Fire: Five Civil Rights Sit-Ins and the Rhetoric of Protest. University of South Carolina Press, 2020.
  • Powers, Bernard E., Jr., editor. 101 African Americans Who Shaped South Carolina. University of South Carolina Press, 2020.
  • Worthington, Leah, et al, editors. Challenging History: Race, Equity, and the Practice of Public History. University of South Carolina Press, 2021.

U of Tennessee P

  • Harper, Keith. A Mere Kentucky of a Place: The Elkhorn Association and the Commonwealth’s First Baptists. University of Tennessee Press, 2021.
  • Hébert, Keith S. Cornerstone of the Confederacy: Alexander Stephens and the Speech that Defined the Lost Cause. University of Tennessee Press, 2021.
  • Lefler, Lisa J. Anthropology: Weaving Our Discipline with Community. University of Tennessee Press, 2021.
  • Markert, John. Making Music in Music City: Conversations with Nashville Music Industry Professionals. University of Tennessee Press, 2021.
  • Millichap, Joseph R. Robert Penn Warren, Shadowy Autobiography, and Other Makers of American Literature. University of Tennessee Press, 2021.
  • Reed, John Shelton. On Barbecue. University of Tennessee Press, 2021.
  • Thrasher, Christopher. Suffering in the Army of Tennessee: A Social History of the Confederate Army of the Heartland from the Battles for Atlanta to the Retreat from Nashville. University of Tennessee Press, 2021.
  • Van Dyke, John C. Poetic Creation: Language and the Unsayable in the Late Poetry of Robert Penn Warren. University of Tennessee Press, 2021.
  • Wood, Keith Brian. Memphis Hoops: Race and Basketball in the Bluff City, 1968–1997University of Tennessee Press, 2021.

U of Virginia P

  • Cole, Johnnetta. Racism in American Public Life: A Call to Action. University of Virginia Press, 2021.
  • Symonds, Deborah A. Elizabeth Fox-Genovese: Paternalism’s Daughter. University of Virginia Press, 2021.

UP of Florida

  • Bush, Tori, and Richard Goodman, editors. The Gulf South: An Anthology of Environmental Writing. University Press of Florida, 2021.
  • Gillespie, Deanna M. The Citizenship Education Program and Black Women’s Political Culture. University Press of Florida, 2021.
  • Noyalas, Jonathan A. Slavery and Freedom in the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War Era. University Press of Florida, 2021.

UP of Mississippi

  • Cash, Jean W., and Richard Gaughran, editors. Twenty-First-Century Southern Writers: New Voices, New Perspectives. University Press of Mississippi, 2021.
  • Dunning, Stefanie K. Black to Nature: Pastoral Return and African American Culture. University Press of Mississippi, 2021.
  • Fry, Macon. They Called Us River Rats: The Last Batture Settlement of New Orleans. University Press of Mississippi, 2021.
  • Gill, James, and Howard Hunter. Tearing Down the Lost Cause: The Removal of New Orleans’s Confederate Statues. University Press of Mississippi, 2021.
  • Hawkins, Rosa, and Steve Bergsman. Chapel of Love: The Story of New Orleans Girl Group the Dixie Cups.University Press of Mississippi, 2021.
  • Johnson, Mark A. Rough Tactics: Black Performance in Political Spectacles, 1877–1932. University Press of Mississippi, 2021.
  • Jones, Sharon Lynette. Conversations with Angela Davis. University Press of Mississippi, 2021.
  • Mellette, Justin. Peculiar Whiteness: Racial Anxiety and Poor Whites in Southern Literature, 1900–1965.University Press of Mississippi, 2021.
  • O’Daniel, Patrick. Crusaders, Gangsters, and Whiskey: Prohibition in Memphis. University Press of Mississippi, 2021.
  • Pinnen, Christian, and Charles Weeks. Colonial Mississippi: A Borrowed Land. University Press of Mississippi, 2021.
  • Sciuto, Jenna Grace. Policing Intimacy: Law, Sexuality, and the Color Line in Twentieth-Century Hemispheric American Literature. University Press of Mississippi, 2021.
  • Stephens, Deanne Love. The Mississippi Gulf Coast Seafood Industry: A People’s History. University Press of Mississippi, 2021.
  • Stockley, Grif. Black Boys Burning: The 1959 Fire at the Arkansas Negro Boys Industrial School.University Press of Mississippi, 2021.
  • Wardi, Anissa Janine. Toni Morrison and the Natural World: An Ecology of Color. University Press of Mississippi, 2021.
  • Watson, Jay, and James G. Thomas, Jr., editors. Faulkner and Slavery. University Press of Mississippi, 2021.
  • Wilhelm, Randall, and Jesse Graves. Conversations with Robert Morgan. University Press of Mississippi, 2019.
  • Williams, James Gordon. Crossing Bar Lines: The Politics and Practices of Black Musical Space. University Press of Mississippi, 2021.

About the Contributors

Krista Benson is an assistant professor of Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies (IRIS) at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Their scholarly, teaching, and teaching practices integrate insights from critical carceral studies, prison industrial complex abolition, anti-racist activism, critical Indigenous studies and decolonization, and queer theory, trans* studies, and critical youth studies. They are a white settler living on the lands of the People of the Three Fires: the Ojibwe, Adawa, and Potawatomi people. More information about their teaching and scholarship in scholarly journals and edited volumes can be found at their website: www.beyondthetext.net.

Dr. Maia L. Butler is Assistant Professor of African American Literature at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she is also affiliate faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies. She is the Co-founding Vice President of the Edwidge Danticat Society and is completing the edited collection Narrating History, Home, and Dyaspora: Critical Essays on Edwidge Danticat (under contract, University Press of Mississippi). She is a literary geographer researching and teaching in African American/Diasporic, Anglophone Postcolonial, and American (broadly conceived) studies, with an emphasis on Black women’s literature and feminist theories. 

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.

Shylah Pacheco Hamilton is a filmmaker, rootworker, and diviner. She is an Assistant Professor in the First Year Program, and Chair of Critical Ethnic Studies at California College of the Arts. Her academic research and creative practices meet at the crossroads of experimental video, decolonial feminisms, and digital diasporas. Shylah is co-founder of Decolonial School at CCA, and board member of the Edwidge Danticat Society.

Sharon P. Holland is Townsend Ludington Distinguished Professor of American Studies at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and Co-Founder of the QTIPOC Survival Fund. She is the author of Raising the Dead: Readings of Death and (Black) Subjectivity (Duke University Press, 2000), which won the Lora Romero First Book Prize from the American Studies Association (ASA) in 2002. She is also co-author of a collection of trans-Atlantic Afro-Native criticism with Professor Tiya Miles (American Culture, UM, Ann Arbor) entitled Crossing Waters/ Crossing Worlds: The African Diaspora in Indian Country (Duke University Press, 2006). Professor Holland is also responsible for bringing a feminist classic, The Queen Is in the Garbage by Lila Karp to the attention of The Feminist Press (Summer 2007) for publication (2007). She is the author of The Erotic Life of Racism (Duke University Press, 2012), a theoretical project that explores the intersection of Critical Race, Feminist, and Queer Theory. She is also at work on the final draft of another book project entitled simply, “little black girl.” You can see her work on food, writing and all things equestrian on her blog, http://theprofessorstable.wordpress.com.

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

Katie Owens-Murphy is Associate Professor of English at the University of North Alabama, where she also serves as the regional coordinator for the Alabama Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program and as a licensed trainer in restorative practices. 

Will Murray is Postdoctoral Fellow at Baylor University.

April Petillo is an academic activist disguised as an Assistant Professor of American Ethnic Studies, Native/Indigenous Studies Emphasis, at Kansas State University, whose work centers race where law and policy meet gender and sexuality.  She is finishing a contracted co-edited collection on embodied methodology in gender-based violence research (New York University Press). April’s future work will define “slaving culture,” a statecraft byproduct involving sanctioned racial violence and refusal to exercise political will.