A Checklist of Scholarship on Southern Literature for 1990

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This checklist, the twenty-third published by The Society for the Study of Southern Literature, was prepared by the Society's Committee on Bibliography: George C. Longest, Chairman (Virginia Commonwealth University), J. Lasley Dameron (Memphis State University), Thomas E. Dasher (Valdosta State College), Ruel E. Foster (West Virginia University), James A. Hart (University of British Columbia), W. Bert Hitchcock (Auburn University), Milton Rickels (University of Southwestern Louisiana), Anne E. Rowe (Florida State University), Welford D. Taylor (University of Richmond), Charles S. Watson (University of Alabama), Mary Louise Weaks (Rockford College), Jerry T. Williams (Mississippi State University), and Annette Woodlief (Virginia Commonwealth University). Special thanks to Benjamin Franklin Fisher IV (University of Mississippi) for furnishing UMSE and other information.

The checklists for 1968-1987 appeared in the spring issues of the Quarterly for the following years. Beginning with the list of 1988 publications, the checklist has appeared in a supplementary issue of the Quarterly. The first eight are conflated and supplemented in Southern Literature 1968-1975: A Checklist of Scholarship, ed. Jerry T. Williams (Boston: G. K. Hall, 1978). Scholarship published prior to 1968 may be found in A Bibliographical Guide to the Study of Southern Literature, ed. Louis D. Rubin, Jr. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1969). Items which carry the 1990 date but appeared too late for this list will appear in next year's.

The symbols and abbreviations used are those of the MLA International Bibliography. (A key to abbreviations not included there appears at the end of this checklist.) Cross-references for authors not in the main list appear at the end, and an Index of Authors of works listed in the checklist, keyed by entry numbers, appears at the very end.

Items for the checklist should be sent to the chairman of the committee: George C. Longest, Department of English, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA 23284, who would like to thank all who have contributed during the past year.--G.C.L. Checklist editor: Jerry T. Williams Computer Programmer and Consultant: W. Edwin Ellis

I. COLONIAL (1607-1800)

1. [ALSOP, GEORGE] Fields, Darin E. "George Alsop's Indentured Servant in A Character

of the Province of Maryland." MHM, 85 (Fall 1990), 221-235.

Careful study of this piece of "promotion literature" proves that ... [Alsop's]

position regarding indentured servants was highly ambivalent and often satiric." 2. [BARTRAM, WILLIAM] Anderson, Douglas, "Bartram's Travels and the Politics of

Nature." EAL, 25, no. 1 (1990), 3-17.

"... in addition to describing and cataloguing the natural phenomena of the

American wilderness, Bartram sought to comment as well on the political turmoil

within which he worked and wrote." Includes comment on Jefferson. 3. [BYRD, WILLIAM II] Kafka, Phillipa. "Another Round of Canon Fire: Femininist

and Multi-Ethnic Theory in the American Literature Survey." MELUS, 16 (Summer

1989-1990), 31-49.

Argues that the transformation of the canon depends upon first constructing

"a fresh conceptual framework," such as that suggested by Alan Wald in a Summer

1987 MELUS article. Among those traditionally included in American literature

anthologies, Kafka would keep Byrd "for his interesting early anticipation of

anthropological techniques in recording Native American creation myths, as well as his racist

|liberalism' toward Native Americans" and other reasons. Includes allusions to

Harriet Jacobs and Douglass, with mentions of some others. 4. Malloy, Jeanne M. "William Byrd's Histories and John Barth's The Sot-Weed Factor."

MissQ, 42 (Spring 1989), 161-172.

Barth used Byrd's histories "not only with models for particular features of The

Sot-Weed Factor, but also with more general hints or directions for burlesquing colonial

history. …