The Mississippi Quarterly

The Mississippi Quarterly, subtitled The Journal of Southern Cultures, is a scholarly journal covering literature, the humanities and social sciences as they pertain to the Southern United States and its authors. Founded in 1948, Mississippi State University publishes The Mississippi Quarterly quarterly. Noel Polk is the Editor and Laura West is the Managing Editor.

Articles from Vol. 55, No. 1, Winter

Dangerous Spending Habits: The Epistemology of Edna Pontellier's Extravagant Expenditures in the Awakening
IN AN INTROSPECTIVE DIARY ENTRY OF 1884, the widowed and motherless Kate Chopin wrote: If it were possible for my husband and my mother to come back to earth, I feel that I would unhesitatingly give up every thing that has come into my...
Ellen Gilchrist's Women Who Would Be Queens (and Those Who Would Dethrone Them)
"There is an old gorgeous man living right here in Jackson, Mississippi, that I have been loving and fighting with and showing off for since I was born.... My father." (1) "It's that old daddy.... That's who we love." (2) MY STUDY OF...
Hybridity and Racial Identity in Walker Percy's the Last Gentleman
IN AN ESSAY WRITTEN SHORTLY AFTER the publication of his first novel, The Moviegoer (1960), Walker Percy asserted the inescapable commitment of the writer--especially the Southern writer--to the issue of race: "Every Southern writer must come to some...
Images of Pushkin in the Works of the Black "Pilgrims"
A SHIFT IN THE DISCUSSION OF Alexander Pushkin's African lineage during the early years of the Soviet Union strengthened the bond between Russia and American blacks, a bond desired by both parties and seen as beneficial to each. The Soviets sought...
O Lost: A Family History
BEGINNING WITH HIS WORK ON THE FOUR-ACT PLAY Mannerhouse during his last year at Harvard (1922-23), Thomas Wolfe produced at least four significant texts that are either preliminary to or actual versions of Look Homeward, Angel They are as follows:...
Searching for Home: Cross-Racial Bonding in Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain
I ... have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American Dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed--we hold these truths to be serf-evident, that all men are created equal. Martin Luther...
Terrain, Character and Text: Is Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier a Post-Pastoral Novel?
WHEN, IN 1873, JOHN MUIR WROTE THANKING the Oakland schoolmaster John McChesney for the loan of the works of John Ruskin, he must have known that he had in his hands books that would inform his readina of all other books henceforth. (1) Indeed, Muir...