A Note about Transitions

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As many of our readers may know, Fred Hobson is retiring after 23 years as coeditor of the Southern Literary Journal. In those years, he has shaped the course of southern literary criticism. Consistently open to new approaches and directions and graciously ushering in new scholars and their work in southern studies year after year, he has made the journal what it is today by always insisting on high standards and responsible, meaningful scholarship. He will be sorely missed, though we will continue to call on him to read manuscripts and offer his always sage, always calming advice (when he's not busy climbing up and down the Grand Canyon, exploring the Australian Outback, or enjoying hikes in his beloved western North Carolina mountains). Fred is a modest, unassuming man, but his massive and profoundly meaningful scholarship and editorial labors in the field of southern studies cannot be overstated. Fred, we dedicate this issue to you.

At the same time that I look backward at Fred's many contributions and the sheer joy of working with him, I am delighted to welcome Florence Dore as the new coeditor of SLJ. Florence's interests in post-1945 American literature and southern studies, especially her interest in globalized approaches to southern literature and southern modernism, as well as her editorial experience as coeditor of Stanford University Press's Post45 Series, will be of great value as we move forward. Florence's first book, The Novel and the Obscene: Sexual Subjects in American Modernism, works extensively with feminist theory to trace the emergence in American modernist narrative of new forms of sexual identity. Her new book, Forms of Privacy: Reading Transparency in the Postwar Southern Novel, now approaching completion, examines the influence of middleclass expansion and racial desegregation on southern novels written in the 1950s and 1960s. A talented singer and songwriter, Florence has a strong interest in music that we hope to put to use in a future special issue; she recently codirected the "Post45@The Rock Hall" conference, an interdisciplinary gathering at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. This is Florence's first issue, and we're very excited about it.

Fred was also the journal's book review editor for decades. Over the past two years, Harriet Pollack, whose scholarly work on Eudora Welty, southern women writers, Emmett Till narratives, and civil rights literature is well known among southernists, has graciously taken over that role. …