The latest issue of The Southern Quarterly (Winter 2017), edited by University Distinguished Professor Philip C. Kolin, makes a major contribution to Southern Studies in its impressive scope of coverage of literature, history, law, art, film, popular culture, and original art and poetry. Copies of this issue are available for $15 through SouthernQuarterly@gmail.com.
The issue includes essays on the film version of William Faulkner’s last novel The Reivers by Vanderbilt University’s distinguished professor Michael Kreyling and Trudier Harris’ examination of Alice Walker’s “Roselilly” and the African American “call and response” pattern. Harris, one of the most widely respected scholars in African American literature, is a distinguished professor at the University of Alabama.
Regarded as an international authority on Thomas Hart Benton, art historian Henry Adams argues that Benton, usually characterized as a Midwest artist, really had his roots in a South far more extensive than the narrow geographic boundaries used to characterize this region. Investigating Hart's murals, other pieces of art, and letters and other documents, Adams discusses Benton’s Southern scenes, figures and politics.
Historian Christopher Morris offers a fascinating comparison between Concord, Mass. and Natchez, Miss. as intellectual centers in 19th century America, but concludes that because of slavery the intellectual life of early Natchez is “largely forgotten today” compared to its mirror image, Concord.
Two essays feature archival documents that shed light on Southern law and government. Jeffrey Forret uncovers a Virginia case where a slave was falsely accused of killing a white man, even though all the evidence found another white man guilty. Southern Miss archivist Lorraine Stuart retrieves Evelyn Gandy's high school essay, “The Essentials of Good Citizenship,” which won a Kiwanis essay contest in 1938, to show how it looks forward to her political ideas and rhetorical devices.
The issue also contains three interviews (a Southern Quarterly hallmark) with Victoria Bynum on her book and subsequent film production of The Free State of Jones, eminent poet Rodney Jones and Missouri Review featured poet Katie Bickham.
This issue ends with original art by Malaika Favorite and new poems by Jack Bedell, Mark S. Burrows, Peter Neil Carroll and others.
Published by The University of Southern Mississippi since 1962, The Southern Quarterly is a scholarly journal devoted to the interdisciplinary study of Southern arts and culture. A member of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals and available through Project MUSE, The Southern Quarterly defines “the arts” broadly, including literature, painting, sculpture, music, dance, theatre, film and popular culture. We also publish studies of Southern culture informed by such disciplines as history, folklore, anthropology, political science and social geography. The Southern Quarterly defines “The South” as anything south of the Mason Dixon Line, including the Caribbean, to the larger Global South. The Southern Quarterly brings scholarly articles, cutting edge interviews, archival documents with commentary, photo essays, portfolios and book reviews to subscribers all over the world. For more information, visit http://sites.usm.edu/southern-quarterly-literary-magazine/index.html.