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The Southern Literary Journal, a peer-reviewed journal of the University of New Carolina Department of English and Comparative Literature, edited by Sharon P. Holland, Professor of American Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill and published by the University of North Carolina Press, has a long and illustrious history of almost 50 years. The year 2015 marks a new chapter for SLJ as the journal transitions to become an interdisciplinary journal, south: a scholarly journal. The book review editor is Professor Harriet Pollack of Bucknell University, and the managing editor is Kathleen Crosby, a teaching fellow and PhD Candidate in the Department of English at the University of North Carolina.
The journal publishes articles on the literature and culture of the American South and especially encourages global and hemispheric comparative scholarship linking the American South and its literatures and cultures to other Souths. SLJ defines “literature” broadly to include digital forms, music, film, and other genres. From time to time, the journal publishes special issues on such topics as memory and history, poetry, and Gulf Souths; and at times, the editors ask southern studies specialists in other disciplines to provide essays we think may be useful for literary scholars in our fields. Our review essays of scholarly books on southern literature and culture are a vital part of the journal’s contribution to the field.
Recent issues of SLJ include articles on the long civil rights movement, poetry and poetics from the antebellum South to the global South, disability and trauma studies, the historical and cultural implications of war on literature of the U.S. South, and representations of Souths haunted, demonic, and grotesque. In recent years, examinations of the connections between literatures of the American South and other Souths such as South Africa, South America, and the Caribbean reflect the field’s growing critical engagement with the comparativist inquiries of the New Southern Studies and the shifting ground of southern literary and cultural criticism.
The Southern Literary Journal is published biannually by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of English and Comparative Literature and is distributed by the University of North Carolina Press.
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