- Editor’s NoteReconstruction
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. They have made this transition as smooth as possible as has our new managing editor, Kathleen Crosby.
The Spring 2015 issue of the Southern Literary Journal will include a sneak preview of the journal’s new look. Additionally, beginning in the fall of 2015, each issue will include a brief focus on an artist. We are seeking suggestions for artists in the southern hemisphere whose work embodies the interdisciplinary focus and geographical reach of the journal. We are interested in all mediums and all genres of the visual arts.
Essays in this issue take us from Haiti to England and from North Carolina to Louisiana. The focus here is on revolution and reconstruction, fodder and foraging (archival and otherwise)—processes that we have been involved with [End Page iii] ourselves as we seek to broaden the journal’s intellectual work. We hope that future issues will provide the same breadth of coverage and range of scholarship that have sustained this journal since its beginnings in 1968. [End Page iv]