Academic journal article The Southern Literary Journal

Reconstruction

Academic journal article The Southern Literary Journal

Reconstruction

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As I write this note, I want to acknowledge the passing of one of the field's most inspired and influential scholars: Patricia (Patsy) Yaeger, author of Dirt and Desire: Reconstructing Southern Women's Writings, 1930-1990. Sometime in the near future, this journal will devote an issue to the impact of her work. We have lost a scholar who wrote brilliantly and gracefully about this new south that we inhabit and interrogate.

This is the next to last iteration of the Southern Literary Journal, which is to become south: a scholarly journal in the fall of 2015. Given its new home in the Department of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the new south will shift its focus from the literary to embrace interdisciplinary work more fully--a move already evidenced in SLJ's last issue on the Gulf South. Captaining this move over the last six months has been a remarkable experience. I cannot say enough about the supportive efforts of the outgoing editors, Minrose Gwin and Florence Dore, whose marks are felt here in the selection of essays for this issue. …

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