TOC for Southern Cultures Spring 2019 “Backward/Forward” Issue

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Below, please see the Table of Contents for Southern Cultures’s Spring 2019 issue, themed “Backward/Forward” in celebration of the journal’s 25th anniversary. This issue, which explores where the South is going and where it’s been, includes examinations of how environmental change is shaping the South, poignant explorations of photography as a medium for capturing a sense of the region, and visions of how democracy, equality, and empowerment might look going forward.

Front Porch
by Harry Watson
“Everyone who is paying attention knows that many Souths are with us still.”

From Bozart to Booming: Considering the Past and Future South
by Charles Reagan Wilson
“Past tropes never survive unless they adjust to changing times.”

Signs of Return: Photography as History in the U.S. South
by Grace Elizabeth Hale
“[Parts of the rural South] became de facto open-air museums where poverty, vernacular culture, and a material sense of the past in the present seemed to be permanently on display, even if as time went on you had to crop the Dollar General out of the frame.”

A Stranger to Me
by Kevin Kline
“I wanted to make something that represented the idea of trying to know someone—and the feeling of knowing them well and then, at times, not at all.”


Amber Waves of Broomsedge
by William Thomas Okie
“As we limp into the 2020s, our post-agricultural southern future, with this agrarian past echoing in our ears, broomsedge sounds a strangely hopeful note in the midst of much anxious dissonance.”

Picturing the Road’s End: Art and Environment in the New Deal and New Millennial South
by Teresa Parker Farris
“With the crisis of global warming and its attendant rise of ocean waters and increase of extreme weather patterns, more southern artists will undoubtedly find cause to comment on the earth’s dramatically changing physical landscape.”

Replaying a Useful South: Black Women, Midcentury Domesticity, and the Films of the Georgia Department of Public Health
by Lauren Pilcher
“If we refuse to overlook the . . . exploitation of black women to modernize midcentury public health, we may grasp something of what it means to imagine and create Souths that embrace difference.”


Losing Carolina
by Gene Nichol
“It takes generations, or perhaps centuries, to build great institutions. But they can be wounded in a moment.”

Between Past and Future: The Momentary Present
by David Wharton
“The momentary present, reconciled sometimes in humor, sometimes in pathos, reveals the ways in which a region’s past always inflects its present, its present inflects its future, and so on in a continuous cycle.”

Ghosts in My Blood: Searching for Phill Barkley
by Regina N. Bradley

“My great-grandfather was murdered by a white man in 1926 the night before New Year’s Eve.”

Drawn and Eastern Bluebird
Poetry by Rajiv Mohabir

“all of my bats exodus at once

into frenzy which is actually

an orchestrated dance

that draws them to what they want . . .”


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