- From the Editor
Volume 40, number 1 of MFS was originally intended to be a special issue on "The Cultural Politics of Displacement"; due to unforseen circumstances, this issue did not come together as we had originally planned. We did, however, receive a number of excellent essays submitted for the issue, a commissioned book review, and other essays submitted for general issues that approach literary and narrative texts within the broad contexts of "cultural studies." Thus, the essays gathered for this general issue represent a group of studies that consider modern and contemporary texts which generate representations of identity, gender, the social and the "real" as "cultural." Peter Hitchcock's discussion of working-class identity in Henry Green's Living reveals to what extent Green's own ambivalences about class barriers are converted into narrative figures and strategies in his fiction; Wendy Graham's rereading of a locus classicus of American critical "realism," Henry James's The Princess Casamassima, suggests how formations of class and gender identity intersect in the narrativization of the radical subject; Judie Newman discusses the interrelations between genre, criminality, and marginalization as she moves between the fiction of Ruth Prawer Jhablava and popular representations of the "Sobhraj Case" involving a mass-murderer in India; Beth McCoy looks at an ignored novel by a major figure of the Harlem Renaissance, Jessie Redmon Fauset, and shows how There is Confusion figures racial identity while limning its representability; Isabella Furth's discussion of Tripmaster Monkey articulates the complex relation between nation, ethnicity, and narration in Maxine Hong Kingston's most recent novel; finally, in a review-essay, Louis Mendoza considers "border narratives" of several kinds—fictional, political, demographic, journalistic—in order to illuminate the importance of "border" in contemporary U.S. and Mexican cultures and political life. Collectively, these essays represent some of the directions that MFS will wish to take in future general and special issues where the manifold relations between "culture" and "narrative" will continue to be of significant interest.
We wish to inform MFS readers that Professor Ellen Carol Jones, Managing Editor of MFS (1987-1994), has moved on to a new position at St. Louis University. MFS is indebted to Professor Jones for many things: her editorial work on the journal, her co-editing and editing of important special issues on "Feminism and Modern Fiction," "Feminist Readings of Joyce," "Virginia Woolf," and "The Politics of Modernism," and her strong efforts in improving the quality and appearance of the journal. We wish her luck and happiness in her new position: we will miss her. [End Page v]
At the same time, we are pleased to announce that Professor Nancy Peterson of the Purdue English Department is taking on the responsibilities of Assistant Editor of MFS. We heartily welcome Professor Peterson to the staff of MFS: Professor Peterson works in the areas of modern and contemporary American fiction, women's and ethnic studies, and feminist theory, and is guest editor of the recent MFS special issue on Toni Morrison.
Finally, we wish to announce that in 1995, the Johns Hopkins University Press will become the publisher of MFS for the Department of English at Purdue University. We are delighted to be joining the distinguished list of journals published by the Press, and we look forward to a long and productive relationship with JHUP.