Southern Quarterly

This journal publishes studies of Southern culture and features on arts in the South. It has reviews of books, films, and performances.

Articles from Vol. 45, No. 2, Winter

A Sketch of the History of Black English
The grammar of Black English basilect1 [in the United States] is so similar to that of certain other Afro-American varieties of English that the temptation to look for historical connections has been irresistible to the small band of linguists who have...
Conversations with Larry Brown
Conversations with Larry Brown. Edited by Jay Watson. The Literary Conversations Series. (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2007. 202pp. Cloth: $50.00, ISBN 978-1578069491. Paper: $20.00, ISBN 978-1578069505.)With the publication of his first...
Editor's Introduction
In the South, even today with sixty-some channel basic cable and all that super-standardized talk on TV 24/7, one can still tell quite a bit about someone by their accent. A twangy, clipped, quick kind of speech, often tumbling out pell-mell (and maybe...
History and Hope in the Heart of Dixie: Scholarship, Activism, and Wayne Flynt in the Modern South
What is the fate of Dixie in the Atlantic World? History and Hope in the Heart of Dixie: Scholarship, Activism, and Wayne Flynt in the Modern South. Edited by Gordon E. Harvey, Richard D. Starnes, and Glenn Feldman. (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama...
Horton Foote Award for Special Achievement in Screenwriting: Acceptance Address
Thank you so much for giving me this award. When Carolyn Vance Smith called to say that I am to receive the Horton Foote Award, I was almost speechless. This award has a personal significance and you will learn why after I tell you an impressionistic...
Journeyman's Road: Modern Blues Lives from Faulkner's Mississippi to Post-9/11 New York
Journeyman's Road: Modern Blues Lives from Faulkner's Mississippi to Post-9/11 New York. By Adam Gussow. (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2007. 188pp. Cloth: $30.00, ISBN: 978-1572335691.)Adam Gussow, street and festival veteran of the blues...
Language in the Deep South: Southern Accents Past and Present
Not long ago the Associated Press ran a story on Southern accents, and the feature started with talk about a dialect improvement class in South Carolina1. Northerners and Westerners may not appreciate Southem accents, but they do like to read about them.2...
"Listening to the Voices": Public and Fictional Language in Faulkner
At one point, during his correspondence and conversations with Malcolm Cowley, while Cowley was putting together what would become The Portable Faulkner (1966), Faulkner referred to his writing as a matter of attending to and obeying what he called "the...
Pauli Murray and Caroline Ware: Forty Years of Letters in Black and White
Pauli Murray and Caroline Ware: Forty Years of Letters in Black and White. By Anne Firor Scott. Gender and American Culture. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006. 216pp. Cloth: $24.95, ISBN: 978-0807830550.)Pauli Murray & Caroline...
Poetry for the People: Country Music and American Social Change
Country Music emanated from the American South during the advent of commercial recordings and the rise of radio in America after World War I to become a cultural phenomenon. Traditionally music of the white, Protestant, working-class Southerner, Country...
Reference Works for Scholars of the South
In an age when most people turn to the Internet for their basic research needs, the number of reference works still published each year will surprise many. However, for scholars or laypeople who have an interest in a specific region or discipline, specialized...
Religious Emphasis Week, Ole Miss, 1956
There was something about 1956. Something about it for both us. For [my brother] Joe it was the year he would, for the first time, take his own medicine, take from his pharmacy shelf a clinical drug detailed by the pharmaceutical manufacturers as non-addictive...
Southern Farmers and Their Stories: Memory and Meaning in Oral History
Southern Farmers and Their Stories: Memory and Meaning in Oral History. By Melissa Walker. New Directions in Southern History. (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2006. 324 pp. Cloth: $45.00, ISBN 978-0813124094.)Scholars have made research and...
The Sound and the Fury: Southern Voices in the United States Senate
Thank you very much, Dr. Sansing, for the generous introduction. I am very grateful to Carolyn Vance Smith for inviting me again to participate in the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration. It's a pleasure to see all of you and to see the crowd grow...
The Weight of Their Votes: Southern Women and Political Leverage in the 1920s
The Weight of Their Votes: Southern Women and Political Leverage in the 1920s. By Lorraine Gates Schuyler. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006. 336 pp. Cloth: $59.95, ISBN: 978-0807830666. Paper: $22.50, ISBN: 978-0807857762.)Southern...
Walker Percy Remembered: A Portrait in the Words of Those Who Knew Him
Walker Percy Remembered: A Portrait in the Words of Those Who Knew Him. By David Horace Harwell. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006. 187 pp. Cloth: $24.95, ISBN: 978-0807830390.)"I am aware of only one misstatement of fact in [Walker...
Will Campbell: An Appreciation
Will Campbell's forty-acre farm sits in the hollow of the Stone's River, about fifteen miles east of Nashville. The land is rocky, with limestone outcroppings and giant, old cedar trees among its noticeable features. He says the soil "was too poor for...