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American Made Music Series The Black Carib Wars: Freedom, Survival, and the Making of the Garifuna The Black Cultural Front: Black Writers and Artists of the Depression Generation The Caribbean Novel since 1945: Cultural Practice, Form, and the Nation-State City Son: Andrew W. Cooper’s Impact on Modern-Day Brooklyn Comics & Animation Conversations with David Foster Wallace Conversations with Dorothy Allison Conversations with Toni Cade Bambara Conversations with William Maxwell The Culture and Politics of Contemporary Street Gang Memoirs A Daring Life: A Biography of Eudora Welty D. W. Griffith: Interviews The Encyclopedia of Vaudeville Ethnic Heritage in Mississippi: The Twentieth Century Exploring American Folk Music: Ethnic, Grassroots, and Regional Traditions in the United States Eyes of an Eagle: Jean-Pierre Cenac, Patriarch: An Illustrated History of Houma-Terrebonne Faulkner and Formalism: Returns of the Text Feminism, the Left, and Postwar Literary Culture The Garden District of New Orleans Hurricane Katrina: The Mississippi Story James Z. George: Mississippi’s Great Commoner The Legs Murder Scandal Lynda Barry: Girlhood through the Looking Glass The Melody Man: Joe Davis and the New York Music Scene, 1916–1978 Merchant-Ivory: Interviews Mississippi: The Closed Society Mississippi Weather and Climate Mississippi’s American Indians New in paperback / Back in print / Available again The Night Travellers The Past Is Not Dead: Essays from the Southern Quarterly Personal Souths: Interviews from the Southern Quarterly Populism in the South Revisited: New Interpretations and New Departures Racial Uplift and American Music, 1878–1943 Recently published Robert Rodriguez: Interviews Samuel Fuller: Interviews Sombreros and Motorcycles in a Newer South: The Politics of Aesthetics in South Carolina’s Tourism Industry This Crooked Way Time in Television Narrative: Exploring Temporality in Twenty-First-Century Programming Transatlantic Roots Music: Folk, Blues, and National Identities Up Yon Wide and Lonely Glen: Travellers’ Songs, Stories and Tunes of the Fetterangus Stewarts We Go Pogo: Walt Kelly, Politics, and American Satire Wilder Ways Wolf Tracks: Popular Art and ReAfricanization in Twentieth-Century Panama

available: Eyes of an Eagle: Jean-Pierre Cenac, Patriarch: An Illustrated History of HoumaTerrebonne MarCh: The Caribbean Novel since 1945: Cultural Practice, Form, and the NationState • Conversations with Toni Cade Bambara • James Z. George: Mississippi’s Great Commoner • Lynda Barry: Girlhood through the Looking Glass • The Night Travellers • Populism in the South Revisited: New Interpretations and New Departures • Racial Uplift and American Music, 1878–1943 • This Crooked Way april: Conversations with David Foster Wallace • The Encyclopedia of Vaudeville • Ethnic Heritage in Mississippi: The Twentieth Century • Hurricane Katrina: The Mississippi Story • The Legs Murder Scandal • Robert Rodriguez: Interviews • Sombreros and Motorcycles in a Newer South: The Politics of Aesthetics in South Carolina’s Tourism Industry May: Faulkner and Formalism: Returns of the Text • The Garden District of New Orleans • Merchant-Ivory: Interviews • Mississippi Weather and Climate • Mississippi’s American Indians • Wilder Ways JuNe: The Black Cultural Front: Black Writers and Artists of the Depression Generation • Conversations with Dorothy Allison • Conversations with William Maxwell • Exploring American Folk Music: Ethnic, Grassroots, and Regional Traditions in the United States • Mississippi: The Closed Society • We Go Pogo: Walt Kelly, Politics, and American Satire • Wolf Tracks: Popular Art and Re-Africanization in Twentieth-Century Panama July: The Black Carib Wars: Freedom, Survival, and the Making of the Garifuna • City Son: Andrew W. Cooper’s Impact on Modern-Day Brooklyn • Feminism, the Left, and Postwar Literary Culture • The Past Is Not Dead: Essays from the Southern Quarterly • Personal Souths: Interviews from the Southern Quarterly • Samuel Fuller: Interviews • Up Yon Wide and Lonely Glen: Travellers’ Songs, Stories and Tunes of the Fetterangus Stewarts auGusT: The Culture and Politics of Contemporary Street Gang Memoirs • A Daring Life: A Biography of Eudora Welty • D. W. Griffith: Interviews • The Melody Man: Joe Davis and the New York Music Scene, 1916–1978 • Time in Television Narrative: Exploring Temporality in Twenty-First-Century Programming • Transatlantic Roots Music: Folk, Blues, and National Identities UNIVERSITY PRESS of MISSISSIPPI 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211-6492 • E-mail:
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The Garden District of New Orleans
TexT by JiM Fraiser phOTOGraphs by WesT FreeMaN

The Garden District of New Orleans has enthralled residents and visitors alike since it arose in the 1830s with its stately, white-columned Greek Revival mansions and doublegalleried Italianate houses decorated with lacy cast iron. Photographer West Freeman evokes the romance of this elegant neighborhood with lovely images of private homes, dazzling gardens, and public structures. Author Jim Fraiser vividly details the historical significance and architectural styles of more than a hundred structures and chronicles both the political and cultural evolution of the neighborhood. The Garden District, unlike the French Quarter, evolved under the auspices of predominantly Anglo-American architects hired by newly arriving, and newly wealthy, Americans. Beyond these wealthy homeowners, the Garden District also offers a startlingly diverse and freewheeling history teeming with African American slaves, free men and women of color, French, Italians, Germans, Jews, and Irish, all of whom helped fashion it into one of America’s first suburbs and most extraordinary neighborhoods. Fraiser animates the Garden District’s story with such notables as Mark Twain; Jefferson Davis; occupying Union general Benjamin Butler; flamboyant steamboat captain Thomas Leathers; crusading Reverend Theodore Clapp; Confederate generals Jubal Early and Leonidas Polk; jazzmen Joe “King” Oliver and Nate “Kid” Ory; champion pugilist John L. Sullivan; local authors Grace King, George Washington Cable, and Anne Rice; Mayor Joseph Shakespeare; architects Henry Howard, Lewis Reynolds, and Thomas Sully; cotton magnate Henry S. Buckner; and Louisiana Lottery cofounder John A. Morris. In words and photographs, Fraiser and Freeman explore the unexpected evolution of this district and reveal how war, plagues, politics, religion, cultural conflict, and architectural innovation shaped the incomparable Garden District.
JiM Fraiser, Madison, Mississippi, and WesT FreeMaN, New Orleans, louisiana, are the authors of The French Quarter of New Orleans (university press of Mississippi). MAY, 288 pages (approx.), 12 x 9 inches, 160 color photographs, glossary, bibliography, index Cloth $49.95T 978-1-934110-68-3 Ebook $49.95 978-1-61703-278-3

a remarkable architectural and historical tour of the big easy’s cardinal suburb

PhOtOgRAPhS—Rodewald house; curving staircase, Lonsdale house; cast iron cornstalk fence, Short house by West Freeman

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Hurricane Katrina
The Mississippi Story
JaMes paTTersON sMiTh

The definitive Mississippi account of the greatest natural disaster in american history

Hurricane Katrina: The Mississippi Story presents the fullest account yet written of the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Rooted in a wealth of oral histories and other primary sources, it tells the dramatic but underreported story of a people who confronted unprecedented devastation. Katrina destroyed sixty-five thousand homes when its eye wall and powerful northeast quadrant swept a record thirty-foot storm surge across a seventy-five-mile stretch of unprotected Mississippi towns and cities. James Patterson Smith takes us through life and death accounts from August 29, 2005, and the precarious days of food and water shortages that followed. Along the way the narrative inspires with episodes of neighborly compassion, creative responses, and the six-year struggle to rebuild after the greatest natural disaster in American history. Heroes of this saga are the local people and municipal officials. In often moving terms, the book addresses the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s arduous tasks handling a record-setting volume of debris and rebuilding of homes, schools, businesses, and public infrastructure. From a grassroots perspective the narrative offers insights into the politics of recovery funding and the bureaucratic bungling and hubris that hampered the storm response and complicated and delayed the work of recovery. Still, there are many examples of things done well and a stirring chapter that bears witness to the psychological, spiritual, and material impact of the eight hundred thousand people from across the nation who gave of themselves as volunteers in the Mississippi recovery effort.
JaMes paTTersON sMiTh, Gulfport, Mississippi, is professor of history at the university of southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast campus. he is the coauthor of Gilbert Mason’s Beaches, Blood, and Ballots: A Black Doctor’s Civil Rights Struggle (university press of Mississippi). APRIL, 272 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 25 b&w photographs, 2 maps, index Cloth $35.00T 978-1-61703-023-9 Ebook $35.00 978-1-61703-024-6

relaTeD hurricane Camille Monster storm of the Gulf Coast Philip D. hearn Cloth $28.00T 978-1-57806-655-1 Ebook $28.00 978-1-60473-630-4 Katrina Mississippi Women remember Photography by Melody golding Edited by Sally Pfister Cloth $32.00T 978-1-57806-956-9

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Mississippi Weather and Climate
KaThleeN sherMaN-MOrris, Charles l. Wax, aND MiChael e. brOWN

From Hurricane Katrina and the Mississippi River floods to the devastating droughts of 2000 and 2011; from a high temperature of 115 degrees Fahrenheit to a low of –19, Mississippi has its share of weather extremes. In fact, Mississippi’s rainfall can be described in terms of “feast or famine.” Even during the feast years, precipitation may come at the wrong time for farmers to plant crops or in unwanted quantities. The Pearl River flood of 1979 is an example of too much falling over a short period of time with disastrous consequences. Mississippi Weather and Climate explores some of the reasons behind these vast extremes. Two critical chapters answer questions: What shapes Mississippi’s climate? And what are “normal” weather conditions? Three chapters take a closer look at some of Mississippi’s most dramatic meteorological catastrophes. The book covers historical events including the Candlestick Park tornado, Hurricanes Camille and Katrina, and the ice storms of 1994 and 1998. In addition to describing Mississippi’s past climate, the book explores what the future may hold for residents of the state. Finally, the last two chapters reveal how weather information is collected and reported and how the weather and climate affect the way people live and build. Mississippi Weather and Climate is a fascinating look at the science behind the weather and how natural events affect the people and land in the Magnolia State.
KaThleeN sherMaN-MOrris, starkville, Mississippi, is assistant professor of geography and climatology at Mississippi state university. Charles l. Wax, starkville, Mississippi, is professor of meteorology and climatology at Mississippi state university. he is the state climatologist. MiChael e. brOWN, starkville, Mississippi, is associate professor of meteorology and climatology at Mississippi state university. MAY, 224 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 33 b&w photographs, 48 maps, 31 charts, 8 tables, bibliography, index Printed casebinding $26.00T 978-1-61703-260-8 Ebook $26.00 978-1-61703-261-5

a comprehensive survey of the state’s wild and crazy weather history

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True CriMe

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The Legs Murder Scandal
huNTer COle pOsTsCripT by elizabeTh speNCer

A Daring Life
CarOlyN J. brOWN

A Biography of Eudora Welty

Matricide, mutilation, and mayhem—Mississippi’s great crime story of the 1930s a moving and inspirational biography of a great american writer
New in paperback!

In Laurel, Mississippi, in 1935, a daughter in a wealthy and troubled family stood accused of murdering her mother. On her testimony, authorities arrested an equally prominent and wellto-do businessman, her reputed lover and accomplice. Ouida Keeton apparently shot her mother, chopped her up, and disposed of most of the corpse down the toilet and in the fireplace, burning all but the pelvic region and the thighs. Attempting to dispose of these remains on a one-lane, isolated road, Ouida left a trail of evidence that ended in her arrest. Witnesses had seen her driving there. Within hours, a hunter and his dogs found the body parts and the cloth in which she had wrapped them. Touted as the most sensational crime in Mississippi history at the time, the Legs Murder of 1935 is almost entirely forgotten today. The controversial outcome, decided by an unsophisticated jury, has been left muddled by ambiguity. The Legs Murder Scandal presents an intricately detailed description of the separate trials of Ouida Keeton and W. M. Carter. Having researched trial transcripts, courthouse records, medical files, and vast newspaper coverage, the author reveals new facts previously distorted by hearsay, hushed reports, and misinformation. Cole pursues many unanswered questions such as what did Ouida Keeton really do with the rest of her mother? The Legs Murder Scandal attempts to provide the reader with clarity in this story, which at once is outlandish, harrowing, and intriguing. This new paperback edition provides an index as well as revealing and previously unpublished photographs offered to the author by readers and locals eager to add to this grisly, consuming tale.
huNTer COle, brandon, Mississippi, was associate director and marketing manager of the university press of Mississippi at the time of his retirement in 2003. APRIL, 392 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 41 b&w images, 1 map, chronology, postscript, index Paper $22.00T 978-1-61703-300-1 Ebook $22.00 978-1-60473-723-3 relaTeD legend of the Free state of Jones Rudy h. Leverett Paper $25.00r 978-1-60473-571-0 Ebook $25.00 978-1-60473-572-7 4 university press of Mississippi

Mississippi author Eudora Welty—winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and the first living writer to be published in the Library of America series—mentored many of today’s greatest fiction writers. This fascinating woman observed and wrote brilliantly throughout the majority of the twentieth century (1909–2001). Her life reflects a century of rapid change and is closely entwined with many events that mark our recent history. This biography tells Welty’s story, beginning with her parents and their important influence on her reading and writing life. The chapters that follow focus on her education and her most important teachers as well as her life during the Depression and how her new career, just getting started, was interrupted by World War II. Throughout she shows independence and courage in her writing, especially during the turbulent civil rights period of the 1950s and 1960s. After years of care-giving and the deaths of all her immediate family members, Welty persevered, wrote acclaimed short stories, and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for The Optimist’s Daughter. Her popularity soared in the 1980s after she delivered the three William E. Massey Lectures to standing-room-only crowds at Harvard. The lectures were later published as One Writer’s Beginnings and became a New York Times bestseller. This biography intends to introduce readers of all ages to one of the most significant writers of the past century, a prolific author who comprehends and transcends her Mississippi roots to create short stories, novels, and nonfiction that will endure for all time.
CarOlyN J. brOWN, Jackson, Mississippi, is a writer, editor, and independent scholar. she has taught at university of North Carolina–Greensboro, elon university, and Millsaps College. her work has been published in College Language Journal and Notes on Mississippi Writers. AuguSt, 144 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 90 b&w photographs, appendices, bibliography, index Cloth $20.00T 978-1-61703-295-0 Ebook $20.00 978-1-61703-297-4

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Books by and about EUDORA WELTY

Country Churchyards
Cloth $35.00T 978-1-57806-235-5

Eudora Welty’s Home Place

One Writer’s Garden

Selected Writings
edited by pearl amelia Mchaney Cloth $35.00T 978-1-60473-264-1


susan haltom and Jane roy brown photographs by langdon Clay Cloth $35.00T 978-1-61703-119-9 Ebook $35.00 978-1-61703-120-5

The Shoe Bird
illustrations by beth Krush Cloth $25.00T 978-0-87805-668-2

Early Escapades
Compiled and edited by patti Carr black Cloth $30.00T 978-1-57806-774-9

Photographs On William Faulkner
Cloth $35.00T 978-1-57806-570-7 Paper $40.00T 978-0-87805-529-6

Collected Book Reviews
edited by pearl amelia Mchaney Paper $25.00D 978-1-60473-261-0 Ebook $25.00 978-1-60473-582-6

A Writer’s Eye

Eudora Welty as Photographer
photographs by eudora Welty edited by pearl amelia Mchaney Cloth $35.00T 978-1-60473-232-0

Mississippi in the Depression A Snapshot Album
Cloth $30.00T 978-0-87805-866-2

One Time, One Place

Some Notes on River Country
Cloth $30.00T 978-1-57806-525-7

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The Night Travellers
elizabeTh speNCer

This Crooked Way
elizabeTh speNCer

a vietnam-era novel of love, protest, and fervent beliefs

a classic novel of one man’s will and the undercurrent of violence in the Mississippi Delta
back in print!

Elizabeth Spencer is “a master storyteller” (San Francisco Chronicle), her work called “dazzling” by Walker Percy. Whether she’s writing short stories or novels, Spencer is acclaimed for creating worlds of great depth, holding her worlds up to a light, and then turning them to see what they reflect. The Night Travellers, set in North Carolina and Montreal during the Vietnam War years, is a most revealing work. Mary Kerr Harbison is a promising teenaged dancer when she meets Jefferson Blaise, an intellectual radical-in-themaking. He becomes a part of her life and—over the objections of Mary’s wealthy, abusive mother—her husband. Although Jeff’s heart is devoted to Mary, his life is devoted to protesting the Vietnam War—at first through public rallies, later through guerilla tactics. As Jeff is drawn deeper and deeper into the movement, he and Mary are forced to go underground and eventually move to Canada. Jeff’s activities keep him on the move, and Mary, living in Montreal, struggles to raise her daughter and make a life for herself. An exploration of a dramatic period in our history, The Night Travellers is a powerful depiction of lives forever changed by political beliefs and fervidly held convictions.
MARCh, 378 pages (approx.), 5¼ x 8 inches Paper $26.00r 978-1-61703-240-0 Ebook $26.00 978-1-61703-241-7 Banner Books Series

Elizabeth Spencer presents a vital, moving story set in the deep South—the Delta and Mississippi hill country. Amos Dudley was a farm boy in the Delta in the 1900s until he started working for his brother Ephraim in the store by the railroad. It was an ordinary environ in which to discover the strange forces that move a man to set his course in the world. But the forces working within Amos were by no means ordinary. Sometimes cruel, sometimes suddenly tender, they were strong and willful, so that Amos became a man to reckon with—to Ary, his beautiful, plantation-born wife; to the woman in the bayou; to the shiftless philosopher, Arney. Even the rich, black swamp soil which he wrested from the forest and gave to his cotton seemed to respond with awe and eagerness to Amos’s will. His sensuous, wayward daughter and the man she loved especially felt the full shattering drama of the violence that had evidently been building in the heart of a man who was determined to take his own crooked way.
MARCh, 256 pages, 5¼ x 8 inches Paper $25.00r 978-1-61703-218-9 Ebook $25.00 978-1-61703-219-6 Banner Books Series

elizabeTh speNCer is the author of nine novels, seven collections of short stories, a memoir, and a play. her novella The Light in the Piazza (1960) was adapted for the screen in 1962 and transformed into a Tony-winning broadway musical of the same name in 2005. she is a member of the american academy of arts and letters and a charter member of the Fellowship of southern Writers.


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JaMes W. silver

The Closed Society

an essential civil rights account of a witness to the Oxford riots and Mississippi’s nadir

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The Light in the Piazza and Other Italian Tales
In the title story to The Light in the Piazza and Other Italian Tales (a novella which is often seen as Elizabeth Spencer’s signature piece and was made into both a Hollywood film and a Tonywinning Broadway musical) a stranger from North Carolina, traveling with her beautiful but challenged daughter, encounters the intoxicating beauty of sunlit Florence and discovers a deep conflict in the moral dilemma it presents. “I think this work has great charm,” Spencer has said, “and it probably is the real thing, a work written under great compulsion, while I was under the spell of Italy.”
Paper $22.00T 978-0-87805-837-2 Ebook $22.00 978-1-61703-072-7

Mississippi: The Closed Society is a book about an insurrection in modern America, more particularly, about the social and historical background of that insurrection. It is written by a historian who, on September 30, 1962, witnessed the long night of riot that exploded on the campus of the University of Mississippi at Oxford. Students, and, later, adults with no connection with the university, attacked U.S. marshals sent to the campus to protect James H. Meredith, the first African American to attend Ole Miss. In the first part of Mississippi: The Closed Society, Silver describes how the state’s commitment to the doctrine of white supremacy led to a situation in which continued intransigence (and possibly violence) seemed the only course left in massive resistance. In these chapters the author speaks in the more formal measures of the historian. In the second part of the book, “Some Letters from the Closed Society,” he reproduces (among other correspondence and memoranda) a series of his letters to friends and family—and critics—in the days and weeks after the insurrection. Here he reveals himself personally and forcefully. In both parts of the book Silver bares the mind and heart of a southerner haunted by cataclysmic events. This essential, seminal book, back in print, is prominent in the bibliographies of every civil rights history that followed its publication.
JaMes W. silver (1907–1988) was professor of history at the university of Mississippi. he is the author of Running Scared: Silver in Mississippi and Edmund Pendleton Gaines, Frontier General, and the editor, with John K. bettersworth, of Mississippi in the Confederacy. JunE, 272 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 2 appendices, index Paper $30.00s 978-1-61703-312-4 Ebook $30.00 978-1-61703-313-1 relaTeD Count Them One by One black Mississippians Fighting for the right to vote gordon A. Martin, Jr. Cloth $40.00r 978-1-60473-789-9 Ebook $40.00 978-1-60473-790-5

The Snare
Originally published in 1972, The Snare is set in New Orleans. Mississippi writer, Elizabeth Spencer, uses the excitement of the city as well as its dark side as a backdrop to explore one woman’s search for an identity separate from that of her society family.
Paper $25.00T 978-0-87805-666-8

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City Son
WayNe DaWKiNs

Andrew W. Cooper’s Impact on Modern-Day Brooklyn

Wilder Ways
DONalD C. JaCKsON illusTraTeD by rOberT T. JaCKsON

a lifelong outdoorsman The story of an unforgettable african american journalist and his impact on New york City and america and teacher’s accounts of the powerful bond between nature and humanity

In 1966, a year after the Voting Rights Act began opening the polls to millions of southern blacks, black New Yorkers challenged a political system that weakened their voting power. Andrew W. Cooper (1927–2002), a beer company employee, sued state officials in a case called Cooper v. Power. In 1968, the courts agreed that black citizens were denied the right to elect an authentic representative of their community. The 12th Congressional District was redrawn. Shirley Chisholm, a member of Cooper’s political club, ran for the new seat and made history as the first black woman elected to Congress. Cooper became a journalist, a political columnist, and then founder of Trans Urban News Service and the City Sun, a feisty Brooklyn-based weekly that published from 1984 to 1996. Whether the stories were about Mayor Koch or Rev. Al Sharpton, Howard Beach or Crown Heights, Tawana Brawley’s dubious rape allegations, the Daily News Four trial, or Spike Lee’s filmmaking career, Cooper’s City Sun commanded attention and moved officials and readers to action. Cooper’s leadership also gave Brooklyn—particularly predominantly black central Brooklyn—an identity. It is no accident that in the twenty-first century the borough crackles with energy. Cooper fought tirelessly for the community’s vitality when it was virtually abandoned by the civic and business establishments in the mid-to-late twentieth century. In addition, scores of journalists trained by Cooper are keeping his spirit alive.
WayNe DaWKiNs, Newport News, virginia, is assistant professor of journalism at hampton university in hampton, virginia. a former newspaper reporter and editor, he is the author of Rugged Waters: Black Journalists Swim the Mainstream and Black Journalists: The National Association of Black Journalists Story, as well as a contributor to Black Voices in Commentary: The Trotter Group and My First Year as a Journalist. JuLY, 304 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 16 b&w photographs, bibliography, index Cloth $35.00s 978-1-61703-258-5 Ebook $35.00 978-1-61703-259-2 Margaret Walker Alexander Series in African American Studies

In Wilder Ways, Donald C. Jackson takes readers on a journey into the deep and very personal connections that can develop between people and wild places while hunting, fishing, and rambling across landscapes. Fishing by lantern light late at night for bullhead catfish in a small stream, hunting wood ducks and squirrels on his farm in north Mississippi, bow hunting deer as twilight creeps across a small clearing, catching crabs by handline in the Pascagoula River estuary, hunting caribou in Alaska and elk in Colorado, searching for blind fish in Ozark caves, and fighting a storm on an Indonesian river: Jackson leads us into reflections of our own journeys and helps us to understand that we can be part of a wilder way, often very near to our homes. Jackson travels through tall grass, wet with early morning dew, light tackle in hand, down to a “ditch” under a Mississippi highway bridge to discover that the “ditch” is really a very fine stream full of fish. He recaptures the essence of hunting by stalking fox squirrels in a small patch of hardwoods. He describes the eerie, beckoning whistle of wings as ducks pass overhead in the pre-dawn fog. He reveals salt air and the power of a redfish as it strips line from the fishing reel while the sunset turns the marsh to gold. Under starlight along an Alaska river after an afternoon of grayling fishing, he contemplates the value of solitude. He will have readers falling in love again with tents, tractors, and old brown dogs. Through the shared journeys in Wilder Ways, Jackson taps into the rhythms of the earth, understanding that the wilds are not something separate from humanity.
DONalD C. JaCKsON, starkville, Mississippi, is the sharp Distinguished professor of Fisheries at Mississippi state university. he is the author of Tracks, also published by university press of Mississippi. MAY, 240 pages (approx.), 5½ x 8½ inches, 14 b&w illustrations Cloth $26.00T 978-1-61703-274-5 Ebook $26.00 978-1-61703-275-2 alsO by DONalD JaCKsON Tracks Cloth $25.00T 978-1-57806-894-4 Ebook $25.00 978-1-60473-153-8


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Eyes of an Eagle

Jean-Pierre Cenac, Patriarch: An Illustrated History of Early Houma-Terrebonne
ChrisTOpher evereTTe CeNaC, sr., M.D., F.a.C.s., WiTh Claire DOMaNGue JOller FOreWOrD by Carl a. brasseaux


The incomparable history of a French family’s founding legacy in the seafood industry of south louisiana

Angola to zydeco
Louisiana Lives
r. reese Fuller Cloth $25.00T 978-1-61703-129-8 Ebook $25.00 978-1-61703-130-4

Madame Vieux Carré
The French Quarter in the Twentieth Century
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In the year 1860, Jean-Pierre Cenac sailed from the sophisticated French city of Bordeaux to begin his new life in the city with the second busiest port of debarkation in the United States. Two years before, he had descended the Pyrenees to Bordeaux from his home village of Barbazan-Debat, a terrain in direct contrast to the flatlands of Louisiana. He arrived in 1860, just when the U.S. Civil War began with the secession of the southern states, and in New Orleans, just where there would be placed a prime military target as the war developed. Neither Creole nor Acadian, Pierre took his chances in the rural parish of Terrebonne on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Pierre’s resolute nature, unflagging work ethic, steadfast determination, and farsighted vision earned him a place of respect he could never have imagined when he left his native country. How he forged his place in this new landscape echoes the life journeys of countless immigrants—yet remains uniquely his own. His and his family’s stories exemplify the experiences of many nineteenth-century immigrants to Louisiana and the experiences of their twentieth-century descendants.
ChrisTOpher evereTTe CeNaC, sr., M.D., F.a.C.s., houma, louisiana, attended louisiana state university and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery in 1976. he is a practicing orthopedic surgeon and has served a term as Terrebonne parish coroner. he and his wife, Cindy, reside at Winter Quarters on bayou black. Claire DOMaNGue JOller, houma, louisiana, a native of Terrebonne parish, has received awards from the National Catholic press association and the louisiana press association for her newspaper columns. AVAILABLE, 305 pages, 9 x 12 inches, 1000 b&w and color illustrations (approx.), introduction, afterword, appendices, index Cloth $49.95T 978-0-615-47702-2 Ebook $49.95 978-1-61703-336-0 Distributed for J.p.C., llC

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Holy Places in Louisiana
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We Go Pogo
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Walt Kelly, Politics, and American Satire

Lynda Barry
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Girlhood through the Looking Glass

a critical appreciation of the life’s work of a great comic strip artist

a critical biography of one of the pioneers of alternative weekly comic strips

Walt Kelly (1913–1973) is one of the most respected and innovative American cartoonists of the twentieth century. His longrunning Pogo newspaper strip has been cited by modern comics artists and scholars as one of the best ever. Cartoonists Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes), Jeff Smith (Bone), and Frank Cho (Liberty Meadows) have all cited Kelly as a major influence on their work. Alongside Uncle Scrooge’s Carl Barks and Krazy Kat’s George Herriman, Kelly is recognized as a genius of “funny animal” comics. We Go Pogo is the first comprehensive study of Kelly’s cartoon art and his larger career in the comics business. Author Kerry D. Soper examines all aspects of Kelly’s career—from his high school drawings; his work on such animated Disney movies as Dumbo, Pinocchio, and Fantasia; and his 1930s editorial cartoons for Life and the New York Herald Tribune. Soper taps Kelly’s extensive personal and professional correspondence and interviews with family members, friends, and cartoonists to create a complex portrait of one of the art form’s true geniuses. From Pogo’s inception in 1948 until Kelly’s death, the artist combined remarkable draftsmanship, slapstick humor, fierce social satire, and inventive dialogue and dialects. He used the adventures of his animals—all denizens of the Okefenokee Swamp—as a means to comment on American and international politics and cultural mores. The strip lampooned Senator Joseph McCarthy during the height of McCarthyism, the John Birch Society during the 1960s, Fidel Castro during the Bay of Pigs fiasco, and many others.
Kerry D. sOper, Orem, utah, is associate professor of humanities, classics, and comparative literature at brigham young university. he is the author of Garry Trudeau: Doonesbury and the Aesthetics of Satire, also published by university press of Mississippi. JunE, 272 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 50 b&w illustrations, bibliography, index Printed casebinding $65.00s 978-1-61703-283-7 Paper $25.00T 978-1-61703-284-4 Ebook $25.00 978-1-61703-285-1 Great Comics Artists Series

Best known for her long-running comic strip Ernie Pook’s Comeek, illustrated fiction (Cruddy, The Good Times Are Killing Me), and graphic novels (One! Hundred! Demons!), the art of Lynda Barry (b. 1956) has branched out to incorporate plays, paintings, radio commentary, and lectures. With a combination of seemingly simple, raw drawings and mature, eloquent text, Barry’s oeuvre blurs the boundaries between fiction and memoir, comics and literary fiction, and fantasy and reality. Her recent volumes What It Is (2008) and Picture This (2010) fuse autobiography, teaching guide, sketchbook, and cartooning into coherent visions. In Lynda Barry: Girlhood through the Looking Glass, author Susan E. Kirtley examines the artist’s career and contributions to the field of comic art and beyond. The study specifically concentrates on Barry’s recurring focus on figures of young girls, in a variety of mediums and genres. Barry follows the image of the girl through several lenses—from text-based novels to the hybrid blending of text and image in comic art, to art shows and coloring books. In tracing Barry’s aesthetic and intellectual development, Kirtley reveals Barry’s work to be groundbreaking in its understanding of femininity and feminism.
susaN e. KirTley, portland, Oregon, is assistant professor of english at portland state university. her work has been published in Rhetoric Review, Academic Exchange Quarterly, and Exit 9: The Rutgers Journal of Comparative Literature. MARCh, 208 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 68 b&w illustrations, bibliography, index Printed casebinding $65.00s 978-1-61703-234-9 Paper $25.00T 978-1-61703-235-6 Ebook $25.00 978-1-61703-236-3 Great Comics Artists Series relaTeD The Comics of Chris Ware Drawing is a Way of Thinking Edited by David M. Ball and Martha B. Kuhlman Cloth $55.00s 978-1-60473-442-3 Paper $28.00T 978-1-60473-443-0 Ebook $28.00 978-1-60473-446-1


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The Encyclopedia of Vaudeville
aNThONy sliDe

Time in Television Narrative
eDiTeD by Melissa aMes

Exploring Temporality in TwentyFirst-Century Programming

Over 500 entries on the cherished and the forgotten from a once popular and influential entertainment form

With essays by Melissa Ames, Frida Beckman, Lucy Bennett, Molly Brost, Jason W. Buel, Sarah Himsel Burcon, Kasey Butcher, Melanie Cattrell, Michael Fuchs, Norman M. Gendelman, Jack Harrison, Colin Irvine, J. P. Kelly, Jordan Lavender-Smith, Casey J. McCormick, Kristi McDuffie, Aris Mousoutzanis, Toni Pape, Gry C. Rustad, Todd M. Sodano, Janani Subramanian, and Timotheus Vermeulen

The Encyclopedia of Vaudeville provides a unique record of what was once America’s preeminent form of popular entertainment from the late 1800s through the early 1930s. It includes entries not only on the entertainers themselves, but also on those who worked behind the scenes, the theatres, genres, and historical terms. Entries on individual vaudevillians include biographical information, samplings of routines, and, often, commentary by the performers. Many former vaudevillians were interviewed for the book, including Milton Berle, Block and Sully, Kitty Doner, Fifi D’Orsay, Nick Lucas, Ken Murray, Fayard Nicholas, Olga Petrova, Rose Marie, Arthur Tracy, and Rudy Vallee. Where appropriate, entries also include bibliographies. The volume concludes with a guide to vaudeville resources and a general bibliography. Aside from its reference value, with its more than five hundred entries, The Encyclopedia of Vaudeville discusses the careers of the famous and the forgotten. Many of the vaudevillians here, including Jack Benny, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Jimmy Durante, W. C. Fields, Bert Lahr, and Mae West, are familiar names today, thanks to their continuing careers on screen. At the same time, and given equal coverage, are forgotten acts: legendary female impersonators Bert Savoy and Jay Brennan, the vulgar Eva Tanguay with her billing as “The I Don’t Care Girl,” male impersonator Kitty Doner, and a host of “freak” acts.
aNThONy sliDe, studio City, California, is an independent scholar who has published seventy-five books on popular entertainment. he has been a specialist appraiser of entertainment memorabilia for more than thirty years, an associate archivist for the american Film institute, and the resident film historian of the academy of Motion picture arts and sciences. APRIL, 630 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 24 b&w photographs, bibliography, index Printed casebinding $70.00s 978-1-61703-249-3 Ebook $70.00 978-1-61703-250-9 alsO by aNThONy sliDe inside the hollywood Fan Magazine a history of star Makers, Fabricators, and Gossip Mongers Cloth $40.00s 978-1-60473-413-3 Ebook $40.00 978-1-60473-414-0

how shifts in time and storyline create narrative intrigue on television
This collection analyzes twenty-first-century American television programs that employ temporal and narrative experimentation. These shows play with time, slowing it down to unfold narrative through time retardation and compression. They disrupt the chronological flow of time itself, using flashbacks and insisting that viewers be able to situate themselves in both the present and the past narrative threads. Although temporal play has existed on the small screen prior to the new millennium, never before has narrative time been so freely adapted in mainstream television. The essayists offer explanations for not only the frequency of time-play in contemporary programming, but also the implications of its sometimes disorienting presence. Drawing upon the fields of cultural studies, television scholarship, and literary studies, as well as overarching theories concerning postmodernity and narratology, Time in Television Narrative offers some critical suggestions. The increasing number of television programs concerned with time may stem from any and all of the following: recent scientific approaches to quantum physics and temporality; new conceptions of history and posthistory; or trends in late-capitalistic production and consumption, in the new culture of instantaneity, or in the recent trauma culture amplified after the September 11 attacks. In short, these televisual time experiments may very well be an aesthetic response to the climate from which they derive. These essays analyze both ends of this continuum and also attend to another crucial variable: the television viewer watching this new temporal play.
Melissa aMes, Champaign, illinois, is assistant professor of english at eastern illinois university. she is coeditor of Women and Language: Essays on Gendered Communication across Media. AuguSt, 288 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 8 b&w illustrations, introduction, index Printed casebinding $60.00s 978-1-61703-293-6 Ebook $60.00 978-1-61703-294-3

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Samuel Fuller
eDiTeD by GeralD peary

D. W. Griffith
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“show it! Two little words. it’s better than five hundred words of discussion.”

“When i work for someone else, i always make money for them. When i back my own ideas, i am bound to lose.”

In the early twentieth century, the art world was captivated by the totally original paintings of Henri Rousseau, who, seemingly without formal art training, produced works that astonished not only the public but great artists such as Pablo Picasso. Samuel Fuller (1912–1997) is known as the “Rousseau of the cinema,” a mostly “B” genre Hollywood moviemaker deeply admired by “A” filmmakers as diverse as Jim Jarmusch, Martin Scorsese, François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, and John Cassavetes, all of them dazzled by Fuller’s wildly idiosyncratic primitivist style. A high-school dropout who became a New York City tabloid crime reporter in his teens, Fuller went to Hollywood and made movies post–World War II that were totally in line with his exploitative newspaper work: bold, blunt, pulpy, exciting. Behind the camera between 1949 and 1989 for twenty-three features (such as Shock Corridor, The Naked Kiss, Verboten!, Pickup on South Street) Fuller is the very definition of a “cult” director. He is most appreciated by those with a certain bent of subterranean taste, a penchant for what critic Manny Farber famously labeled “termite art.” Samuel Fuller: Interviews, edited by Gerald Peary, is not only informative about the filmmaker’s career but sheer fun, following the wild stream of Fuller’s uninhibited chatter.
GeralD peary, Cambridge, Massachusetts, a professor of communication and journalism at suffolk university in boston, is a film critic for the Boston Phoenix and the editor of John Ford: Interviews and Quentin Tarantino: Interviews. he is the series editor of the Conversations with Filmmakers series volumes. JuLY, 160 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, introduction, chronology, filmography, index Printed casebinding $40.00s 978-1-61703-306-3 Ebook $40.00 978-1-61703-307-0 Conversations with Filmmakers Series

D. W. Griffith (1875–1948) is one of the most influential figures in the history of the motion picture. As director of The Birth of a Nation, he is also one of the most controversial. He raised the cinema to a new level of art, entertainment, and innovation; and for the first time he illustrated film’s potential to become propaganda, to champion a cause and influence an audience. Collected together here are virtually all of the interviews given by D. W. Griffith from the first in 1914 to the last in 1948. Some of the interviews concentrate on specific films, including The Birth of a Nation, Intolerance, and, most substantially, Hearts of the World. Other interviews provide the director with an opportunity to expound on topics of personal interest, including the importance of the proper exhibition of his and others’ films, and his search for truth and beauty on screen. The interviews are taken from many sources, including leading newspapers, trade papers, and fan magazines. They are often marked by humor and by a desire to please the interviewer and thus the reader. Griffith may not have been particularly enthusiastic about giving interviews, but he seems determined always to put on a good show.
aNThONy sliDe, studio City, California, is the author of seventy-five books, including The Griffith Actress and The Films of D. W. Griffith, coauthored with edward Wagenknecht. in 1990, he received an honorary doctorate of letters from bowling Green university, at which time he was hailed by Griffith’s most famous actress, lillian Gish, as “our preeminent historian of the silent film.” AuguSt, 224 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, introduction, chronology, filmography, index Printed casebinding $40.00s 978-1-61703-298-1 Ebook $40.00 978-1-61703-299-8 Conversations with Filmmakers Series alsO iN The series buster Keaton interviews Edited by Kevin W. Sweeney Paper $25.00T 978-1-57806-963-7


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Robert Rodriguez
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“Whenever they see a Merchant-ivory name, they [the audience] go with the expectation that this will be something interesting, exciting, entertaining, and they are satisfied with that.” —ismail Merchant
Merchant-Ivory: Interviews gathers together for the first time interviews made over the past five decades with director James Ivory (b. 1928), producer Ismail Merchant (1936–2005), and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (b. 1927). Beginning with their earliest work in India and ending with James Ivory’s last film, The City of Your Final Destination (2009), the book traces their careers together, while offering valuable insights into their creative filmmaking process. The volume serves as a corrective to the prevailing critical orthodoxy attached to MerchantIvory’s work, which tends to regard them as being solely concerned with historically accurate costumes and settings. As independent filmmakers, they have developed an idiosyncratic approach that resists facile classification. This book shows how Merchant-Ivory have always taken considerable care in casting their films, as well as treating actors with respect. This is a deliberate policy, designed to bring out one of the triumvirate’s principal thematic concerns—the impact of the “clash of cultures” on individuals. Partly this has been inspired by their collective experiences of living and working in different cultures. They do not offer any answers to this issue; rather they believe that their task is simply to raise awareness, to make filmgoers conscious of the importance of cultural sensitivities that assume paramount significance in any exchange, whether verbal or nonverbal.
laureNCe raW, ankara, Turkey, is professor of english at başkent university. he is author of several books, including Adapting Henry James: Gender, Fiction, and Film; The Ridley Scott Encyclopedia; and Impressions of the Turkish Stage. MAY, 160 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, introduction, chronology, filmography, index Printed casebinding $40.00s 978-1-61703-237-0 Ebook $40.00 978-1-61703-238-7 Conversations with Filmmakers Series alsO iN The series ingmar bergman interviews Edited by Raphael Shargel Cloth $50.00s 978-1-57806-217-1 Paper $25.00T 978-1-57806-218-8 Order online at

“i can make a big-looking movie for very little money by just being resourceful, being creative, using the rubber band versus a lot of technology, and not being ashamed about it.”

Rogue filmmaker Robert Rodriguez (b. 1968) rocketed to fame with his ultra-low-budget film El Mariachi (1992). The Spanishlanguage action film, and the making-of book that accompanied it, were inspirational to filmmakers trying to work with meager resources. Rodriguez embodies the postmodern auteur, maintaining a firm control of his projects by not only writing and producing his films, but also editing, shooting, composing, as well as working with the visual effects. He was one of the first American filmmakers to adopt digital filmmaking, now the norm. Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) helped bring back 3-D to mainstream theatres. He is as comfortable creating family films (the Spy Kids series) as action (Sin City) and horror films (Planet Terror). He has maintained his guerilla filmmaking approach, despite increasing budgets, choosing to work outside of Hollywood and even founding his own studio (Troublemaker Studios) in Austin, Texas. He has also arguably become the most successful Latino filmmaker. In this, the first book devoted to Rodriguez, interviews and articles from 1993 to 2010 reveal a filmmaker passionate about making films on his own terms. He addresses the subjects central to his life and work—guerilla filmmaking, the digital revolution, his family, and his disdain for Hollywood. An easy and frank subject, Rodriguez in these portraits is the rebel director at his most candid, forging a path for others to break free from Hollywood hegemony.
zaChary iNGle, lawrence, Kansas, is a ph.D. student in film and media studies at the university of Kansas. his work has been published in Literature/Film Quarterly and Journal of American Culture. APRIL, 192 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, introduction, chronology, filmography, index Printed casebinding $65.00s 978-1-61703-271-4 Paper $25.00T 978-1-61703-272-1 Ebook $25.00 978-1-61703-273-8 Conversations with Filmmakers Series

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Conversations with Dorothy Allison
eDiTeD by Mae Miller ClaxTON

Conversations with William Maxwell
eDiTeD by barbara burKharDT

“ . . . the deepest way to change people is to get them to inhabit the soul of another human being who is different from them. and that happens in story. That happens in literature.”
Since the publication of her groundbreaking novel, Bastard Out of Carolina (1992), Dorothy Allison (b. 1949) has been known— along with authors such as Larry Brown and Lee Smith—as a purveyor of the working class, contemporary South. Allison has frequently used her position, through passionate lectures and enthusiastic interviews, to give voice to issues that concern her most: poverty, working-class life, domestic violence, feminism and women’s relationships, the contemporary South, and gay/ lesbian life. Often called a “writer–rock star” and a “cult icon,” Allison is a true performer of the written word. At the same time, Allison takes the craft of writing very seriously. In this collection, spanning almost two decades, Allison the performer and Allison the careful craftsperson both emerge, creating a portrait of a complex woman. The interviews detail Allison’s working-class background in Greenville, South Carolina, as the daughter of a waitress. Allison discusses—with candor and quick wit—her upbringing, her work in a variety of modes (novels, short stories, essays, poetry), and her active participation in the women’s movement of the 1970s. Linking her work with African American writers such as Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison, Allison revitalized the genre of working-class literature, writing a world that is often overlooked and understudied. In the absence of a biography, Conversations with Dorothy Allison is the best presentation of Allison’s perspectives on her life, literature, and her conflicted role as a public figure.
Mae Miller ClaxTON, Cullowhee, North Carolina, is a professor of english at Western Carolina university. she is the coeditor of Anthology of American Literature, eighth edition, volumes i and ii and a contributing editor for The Heath Anthology of American Literature, sixth edition, volumes a–e. she has published articles in Mississippi Quarterly, Southern Quarterly, South Atlantic Review, and English Journal. JunE, 208 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, introduction, chronology, index Printed casebinding $40.00s 978-1-61703-286-8 Ebook $40.00 978-1-61703-287-5 Literary Conversations Series 14 university press of Mississippi Call: 1.800.737.7788 toll-free

“i didn’t want the things that i loved, and remembered, to go down to oblivion. The only way to avoid that is to write about them.”

Conversations with William Maxwell collects over thirty interviews, public speeches, and remarks that span five decades of the esteemed novelist and New Yorker fiction editor’s career. The interviews collectively address the entirety of Maxwell’s literary work—with in-depth discussion of his short stories, essays, and novels including They Came Like Swallows, The Folded Leaf, and the American Book Award–winning So Long, See You Tomorrow—as well as his forty-year tenure as a fiction editor working with such luminaries as John Updike, John Cheever, Eudora Welty, Vladimir Nabokov, and J. D. Salinger. Maxwell’s words, some from remarks and speeches, some previously unpublished, pay moving tribute to literary friends and mentors and offer reflections on the artistic life, the process of writing, and his midwestern heritage. All retain the reserved poignancy of his fiction. The volume publishes for the first time the full transcript of Maxwell’s extensive interviews with his biographer and, in an introduction, correspondence with writers including Updike and Saul Bellow.
barbara burKharDT, Washington, D.C., is associate professor of english at university of illinois, springfield. she is the author of William Maxwell: A Literary Life. JunE, 256 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, introduction, chronology, index Printed casebinding $40.00s 978-1-61703-254-7 Ebook $40.00 978-1-61703-255-4 Literary Conversations Series

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Conversations with David Foster Wallace
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“i work to celebrate struggle, to applaud the tradition of struggle in our community, to bring to center stage all those characters, just ordinary folks on the block, who’ve been waiting in the wings.”
Conversations with Toni Cade Bambara reveals an artist and activist whose work deftly negotiates boundaries of feminism, nationalism, and film. The intimacy of these collaborations or conversations between Bambara (1939–1995) and her interviewers provide an excellent and necessary resource for those interested in scholarly approaches to her fiction, especially her novels The Salt Eaters and the posthumously published Those Bones Are Not My Child, and her acclaimed short story collection Gorilla, My Love. These interviews reveal the passion, humor, and real-life experiences of the woman who—through her editing of the groundbreaking anthology of black women’s writing The Black Woman and contributions to the documentary W. E. B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices—changed perceptions of African American culture in the modern era. The interviews present a woman who saw herself as “a teacher who writes, a social worker who writes, a youth worker who writes, a mother who writes.” Bambara viewed herself as a cultural worker for oppressed people whose job as an artist was making, in her words, “revolution irresistible.” Indeed, her fiction champions the working class and “average folk,” both of whom she felt were made invisible by mainstream American society.
ThabiTi leWis, Dundee, Oregon, is professor of english at Washington state university, vancouver. he is the author of Ballers of the New School: Race and Sports in America and his work has been published in AmeriQuest Journal, SORAC Journal, Willamette Journal, and Oregon Humanities Journal. MARCh, 176 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, introduction, chronology, index Printed casebinding $40.00s 978-1-60473-432-4 Literary Conversations Series alsO iN The series Conversations with paule Marshall Edited by James C. hall and heather hathaway Printed casebinding $40.00s 978-1-60473-743-1 Toni Morrison Conversations Edited by Carolyn C. Denard Paper $25.00T 978-1-60473-019-7 Order online at

“serious art is where difficult, complex questions get made urgent and human and real; and the political climate in the usa right now is so ugly, unreflective, selfish, jingoistic, and materialistic that serious art has probably never been needed more.”
Across two decades of intense creativity, David Foster Wallace (1962–2008) crafted a remarkable body of work that ranged from unclassifiable essays to a book about transfinite mathematics to vertiginous fictions. In essay volumes (A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, Consider the Lobster), short story collections (Girl with Curious Hair, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, Oblivion), and his novels (Infinite Jest, The Broom of the System), the luminous qualities of Wallace’s work recalibrated our measures of modern literary achievement. Conversations with David Foster Wallace gathers over twenty interviews and profiles that trace the arc of Wallace’s career. Jonathan Franzen has argued that, for Wallace, an interview provided a formal enclosure in which the writer “could safely draw on his enormous native store of kindness and wisdom and expertise.” Wallace’s interviews create a wormhole in which an author’s private theorizing about art spills into the public record. His best interviews are vital extra-literary documents in which we catch him thinking aloud about irony’s magnetic hold on contemporary language, the pale last days of postmodernism, and the delicate exchange that exists between reader and writer. At the same time, his acute focus moves across MFA programs, his negotiations with religious belief, the role of footnotes in his writing, and his multifaceted conception of his work’s architecture. Conversations with David Foster Wallace includes a previously unpublished interview from 2005 and a version of Larry McCaffery’s Review of Contemporary Fiction interview with Wallace that has been expanded with new material drawn from the original raw transcript.
sTepheN J. burN, Marquette, Michigan, is associate professor of modern and contemporary literature at Northern Michigan university in Marquette. he is the author of Jonathan Franzen at the End of Postmodernism; Intersections: Essays on Richard Powers; and David Foster Wallace’s “Infinite Jest”: A Reader’s Guide. APRIL, 208 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, introduction, chronology, index Printed casebinding $65.00s 978-1-61703-226-4 Paper $25.00T 978-1-61703-227-1 Ebook $25.00 978-1-61703-228-8 Literary Conversations Series university press of Mississippi 15


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Mississippi’s American Indians
JaMes F. barNeTT Jr.

Ethnic Heritage in Mississippi
The Twentieth Century
eDiTeD by shaNa WalTON barbara CarpeNTer, GeNeral eDiTOr

The full story of the state’s once thriving and diverse american indian population a sweeping overview of the many diverse backgrounds that create the state’s tapestry
At the beginning of the eighteenth century, over twenty different American Indian tribal groups inhabited the lands that became Mississippi. Today, the state is home to only one, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. In Mississippi’s American Indians, author James F. Barnett Jr. explores the historical forces and processes that led to this sweeping change. The book begins with a chapter on Mississippi’s approximately 12,000-year prehistory, from early hunter-gatherer societies through the powerful mound-building civilizations encountered by the first European expeditions. With the coming of the Spanish, French, and English to the New World, native societies in the Mississippi region connected with the Atlantic market economy, a source for guns, blankets, and many other trade items. Europeans offered these trade materials in exchange for Indian slaves and deerskins, currencies that radically altered the relationships between tribal groups. Smallpox and other diseases followed along the trading paths. Colonial competition between the French and English helped to spark the Natchez rebellion, the Chickasaw-French wars, the Choctaw civil war, and a half-century of client warfare between the Choctaws and Chickasaws. The Treaty of Paris in 1763 forced Mississippi’s pro-French tribes to move west of the Mississippi River. The diaspora included the Tunicas, Houmas, Pascagoulas, Biloxis, and a portion of the Choctaw confederacy. In the early nineteenth century, Mississippi’s remaining Choctaws and Chickasaws faced a series of treaties with the United States government that ended in destitution and removal. After the intense pressures of European invasion and American displacement, one Mississippi tribe remains, surviving by adapting and contributing to its rapidly evolving world.
JaMes F. barNeTT Jr., Natchez, Mississippi, is director of the division of historic properties at the Mississippi Department of archives and history in Natchez. he is the author of The Natchez Indians: A History to 1735, also published by university press of Mississippi. MAY, 272 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 11 maps, appendix, bibliography, index Cloth $40.00s 978-1-61703-245-5 Ebook $40.00 978-1-61703-246-2 Heritage of Mississippi Series

Throughout its history, Mississippi has seen a small, steady stream of immigrants. Those identities—sometimes submerged, sometimes hidden—have helped shape the state in important ways. Amid renewed interest in identity, the Mississippi Humanities Council has commissioned a companion volume to its earlier book that studied ethnicity in the state from the period 1500–1900. This new book, Ethnic Heritage in Mississippi: The Twentieth Century, offers stories of immigrants overcoming obstacles, immigrants newly arrived, and long-settled groups witnessing a revitalized claim to membership. The book examines twentieth-century immigration trends, explores the reemergence of ethnic identity, and undertakes case studies of current ethnic groups. Some of the groups featured include Chinese, Latino, Lebanese, Jewish, Filipino, South Asian, and Vietnamese communities. The book also examines Biloxi as a city that has long attracted a diverse population and takes a look at the growth in identity affiliation among people of European descent. The book is funded in part by a “We the People” grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
shaNa WalTON, Thibodaux, louisiana, is assistant professor of english at Nicholls state university. Formerly she was director of the Center for Oral history and Cultural heritage at the university of southern Mississippi, program coordinator for the statewide Mississippi Oral history project, and project director for the Mississippi Civil rights Oral history bibliography. barbara CarpeNTer, Jackson, Mississippi, is the director of the Mississippi humanities Council. APRIL, 352 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 32 b&w photographs, 5 tables, 3 charts, 1 map, introduction, index Cloth $40.00s 978-1-61703-262-2 Ebook $40.00 978-1-61703-263-9 published with the Mississippi humanities Council relaTeD ethnic heritage in Mississippi Edited by Barbara Carpenter Paper $25.00D 978-1-60473-388-4 Call: 1.800.737.7788 toll-free


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Mississippi’s Great Commoner

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New Interpretations and New Departures
a biography of the Democratic leader once considered the most important man in state politics a survey of the full impact of the populist movement across the south
With essays by Omar H. Ali, James M. Beeby, Matthew Hild, Michael Pierce, Lewie Reece, Alicia E. Rodriquez, Jarod Roll, David Silkenat, and Joel Sipress

“When the Mississippi school boy is asked who is called the ‘Great Commoner’ of public life in his State,” wrote Mississippi’s premier historian Dunbar Rowland in 1901, “he will unhesitatingly answer James Z. George.” While George’s prominence has decreased through the decades since then, many modern historians still view him as a supremely important Mississippian, with one writing that George (1826–1897) was “Mississippi’s most important Democratic leader in the late nineteenth century.” Certainly, the Mexican War veteran, prominent lawyer and planter, Civil War officer, Reconstruction leader, state Supreme Court chief justice, and Mississippi’s longest-serving United States senator in his day deserves a full biography. George’s importance was greater than just on the state level as other southerners copied his tactics to secure white supremacy in their own states. James Z. George: Mississippi’s Great Commoner seeks to rectify the lack of attention to George’s life. In doing so, this volume utilizes numerous sources never before or only slightly used, primarily a large collection of George’s letters held by his descendents and never before referenced by historians. Such wonderful sources allow not only a glimpse into his times, but perhaps more importantly an exploration of the man himself, his traits, personality, and ideas. The result is a picture of an extremely commonplace individual on the surface, but an exceptionally complicated man underneath. James Z. George: Mississippi’s Great Commoner will bring this important Mississippi leader of the nineteenth century back into the minds of twenty-first-century Mississippians.
TiMOThy b. sMiTh, adamsville, Tennessee, is a lecturer of history at the university of Tennessee at Martin. he is the author of several books, including Mississippi in the Civil War: The Home Front, published by university press of Mississippi; The Untold Story of Shiloh: The Battle and the Battlefield; and Champion Hill: Decisive Battle for Vicksburg. MARCh, 256 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 16 b&w photographs, bibliography, index Printed casebinding $55.00s 978-1-61703-231-8 Ebook $55.00 978-1-61703-232-5

The Populist movement was the largest mass movement for political and economic change in the history of the American South until the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. The Populist movement in this book is defined as the Farmers’ Alliance and the People’s Party, as well as the Agricultural Wheel and Knights of Labor in the 1880s and 1890s. The Populists threatened the political hegemony of the white racist southern Democratic Party during Populism’s high point in the mid-1890s and threw the New South into turmoil. Populism in the South Revisited: New Interpretations and New Departures brings together nine of the best new works on the Populist movement in the South. One essay analyzes how notions of debt informed the Populist insurgency in North Carolina, the one state where the Populists achieved statewide power, while another analyzes the Populists’ failed attempts in Grant Parish, Louisiana, to align with African Americans and Republicans to topple the incumbent Democrats. Other topics include grassroots organizing with African Americans to stop disfranchisement in North Carolina; the Knights of Labor and its relationship with Populism in Georgia; urban Populism in Dallas, Texas; Tom Watson’s connection with Midwest Populism; the centrality of African Americans in Populism; a comparative analysis of Populism across the Deep South; and how the rhetoric and ideology of Populism impacted socialism and the Garvey movement in the early twentieth century. Together these studies offer new insights into the nature of southern Populism and the legacy of the People’s Party in the South.
JaMes M. beeby, louisville, Kentucky, is an associate professor of history and coordinator of the history program at indiana university southeast in albany, indiana. he is the author of Revolt of the Tar Heels: The North Carolina Populist Movement, 1890–1901, also published by university press of Mississippi. MARCh, 240 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, introduction, index Printed casebinding $60.00s 978-1-61703-225-7 Ebook $60.00 978-1-61703-233-2 university press of Mississippi 17

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Transatlantic Roots Music
Folk, Blues, and National Identities
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The Melody Man
bruCe basTiN WiTh Kip lOrNell

Joe Davis and the New York Music Scene, 1916–1978

With essays by Duck Baker, Robert H. Cataliotti, Ronald D. Cohen, John Hughes, Will Kaufman, Andrew Kellett, Erich Nunn, Christian O’Connell, Paul Oliver, David Sanjek, Roberta Freund Schwartz, Jill Terry, Brian Ward, and Neil A. Wynn

The story of a New york record man whose extraordinary career spanned jazz, blues, rhythm & blues, rock, country, ethnic, and pop music

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Transatlantic Roots Music presents a collection of essays on the debates about origins, authenticity, and identity in folk and blues music. These essays originated in an international conference on the transatlantic paths of American roots music, out of which emerged common themes and questions of origins and authenticity in folk music, be it black or white, American or British. While the central theme of the collection is musical influences, issues of national, local, and racial identity are also recurring subjects. Were these identities invented, imagined, constructed by the performers, or by those who recorded the music for posterity? The book features a new essay on the blues by Paul Oliver alongside an essay on Oliver’s seminal blues scholarship. There are also several essays on British blues and the links between performers and styles in the United States and Britain. And there are new essays on critical figures such as Alan Lomax and Woody Guthrie. This volume uniquely offers perspectives from both sides of the Atlantic on the interplay of influences in roots music and the debates about these subjects. The book draws on the work of eminent, established scholars and emerging, young academics who are already making a contribution to the field. Throughout, contributors offer the most recent scholarship available on key issues.
Jill Terry, Worcester, united Kingdom, is principal lecturer and head of the division of english, journalism and media, and cultural studies for the institute of humanities and Creative arts at the university of Worcester. Neil a. WyNN, Cheltenham, united Kingdom, is professor of twentieth-century american history at the university of Gloucestershire. he is editor of Cross the Water Blues: African American Music in Europe (published by university press of Mississippi), among others. AuguSt, 256 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, introduction, index Printed casebinding $60.00s 978-1-61703-288-2 Ebook $60.00 978-1-61703-289-9 American Made Music Series 18 university press of Mississippi

Joe Davis, the focus of The Melody Man, enjoyed a fifty-year career in the music industry, which covered nearly every aspect of the business. Not well-known to the general public, Davis was one of those individuals who enabled greats to emerge. He hustled sheet music in the 1920s, copyrighted compositions by artists as diverse as Fats Waller, Carson Robison, Otis Blackwell, and Rudy Vallee, oversaw hundreds of recording sessions, and operated several record companies beginning in the 1940s. Davis also worked fearlessly to help insure that black recording artists and song writers gained fair treatment for their work. Much more than a biography, this book is an investigation of the role played by a versatile music entrepeneur during much of the twentieth century. A musician, manager, A&R man, record executive, and publisher, his long career reveals much about the nature of the music industry and offers insight into how the industry changed from the 1920s to the 1970s. By the summer of 1924, when Davis was handling the “Race talent” for Ajax records, he had almost ten years to his credit and more than five decades of musical career ahead of him. This book is an incomparable look behind the scenes of music creation and dissemination. This book was never released in the United States and was available only in a very limited print run in England. The author, noted blues scholar and folklorist Bruce Bastin, has worked with fellow music scholar Kip Lornell to completely update, condense, and improve the book for this first-ever American edition.
bruCe basTiN, east sussex, england, is managing director at interstate Music, ltd. his books include Crying for the Carolines and Red River Blues: The Blues Tradition in the Southeast. Kip lOrNell, silver spring, Maryland, is a member of the faculty at The George Washington university. This is his fourteenth book about american music, including three others with university press of Mississippi. AuguSt, 336 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 40 b&w illustrations, appendix, discography, index Printed casebinding $55.00s 978-1-61703-276-9 Ebook $55.00 978-1-61703-277-6 American Made Music Series

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Exploring American Folk Music
Kip lOrNell

Ethnic, Grassroots, and Regional Traditions in the United States

Racial Uplift and American Music, 1878–1943
laWreNCe sCheNbeCK

The first book to track racial uplift ideology’s effect on classical music
Racial Uplift and American Music, 1878–1943 traces the career of racial uplift ideology as a factor in elite African Americans’ embrace of classical music around the turn of the previous century, from the collapse of Reconstruction to the death of composer/conductor R. Nathaniel Dett, whose music epitomized “uplift.” After Reconstruction many black leaders had retreated from emphasizing “inalienable rights” to a narrower rationale for equality and inclusion: they now sought to rehabilitate the race’s image by stressing class distinctions, respectable middle-class behavior, and service to the masses. Musically, the black intelligentsia resorted to European models as vehicles for cultural vindication. Their response to racism was to create and promote morally positive, politically inoffensive art that idealized the race. By incorporating black folk elements into the dignified genres of art song, symphony, and opera, “uplifters” demonstrated worthiness through high achievement in acknowledged arenas. Their efforts were variously opposed, tolerated, or supported by a range of white elites with their own notions about African American culture. The resulting conversation—more a stew of arguments than a dialogue—occupied the pages of black newspapers and informed the work of white philanthropists. Women also played crucial roles. Racial Uplift and American Music, 1878–1943 examines the lives and thought of personalities central to musical uplift—Dett, Sears CEO Julius Rosenwald, author James Monroe Trotter, sociologist W. E. B. Du Bois, journalist Nora Douglas Holt, and others—with an eye to recognizing their contributions and restoring their stature.
laWreNCe sCheNbeCK, Newnan, Georgia, is associate professor of music at spelman College in atlanta. he is the author of Joseph Haydn and the Classical Choral Tradition. MARCh, 304 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 24 b&w illustrations, bibliography, index Printed casebinding $60.00s 978-1-61703-229-5 Ebook $60.00 978-1-61703-230-1 American Made Music Series relaTeD black Diva of the Thirties The life and Times of ruby elzy David E. Weaver Cloth $28.00T 978-1-57806-651-3 Ebook $28.00 978-1-60473-765-3

The perfect introduction to the many strains of american-made music

Exploring American Folk Music: Ethnic, Grassroots, and Regional Traditions in the United States reflects the fascinating diversity of regional and grassroots music. The book covers the diverse strains of American folk music—Latin, Native American, African, French-Canadian, British, and Cajun—and offers a chronology of the development of folk music in the United States. The book is divided into twelve chapters covering topics as seemingly disparate as sacred harp singing, conjunto music, the folk revival, blues, and ballad singing. It is among the few textbooks in American music that recognizes the importance and contributions of Native Americans as well as those who live, sing, and perform music along our borderlands, from the French-speaking citizens in northern Vermont to the extensive Hispanic population living north of the Rio Grande River. “The Folk Roots of Contemporary Popular Music” includes detailed information about the roots of hip hop. This edition features a new chapter on urban folk music, exploring traditions in our cities, with a case study focusing on Washington, D.C. Exploring American Folk Music introduces the reader to important figures in American music such as Bob Wills, Lydia Mendoza, Bob Dylan, and Muddy Waters, who helped shape what America sounds like in the twenty-first century. It also features new sections at the end of each chapter with up-to-date recommendations for suggested listening, reading, and viewing.
Kip lOrNell, silver spring, Maryland, teaches in the music department at The George Washington university. his research in american vernacular music has resulted in the publication of over one hundred articles and record notes, record projects, and several documentary films. JunE, 336 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 78 b&w photographs, index Printed casebinding $65.00s 978-1-61703-265-3 Paper $30.00s 978-1-61703-264-6 Ebook $30.00 978-1-61703-266-0 American Made Music Series Order online at

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The Black Cultural Front
Black Writers and Artists of the Depression Generation
briaN DOliNar

Feminism, the Left, and Postwar Literary Culture
KaThleNe McDONalD

a cultural history of women writers on the left how the aftermath of the Great Depression convinced several african american writers to adopt a leftist outlook
The Black Cultural Front describes how the social and political movements that grew out of the Depression facilitated the left turn of several African American artists and writers. The Communist-led John Reed Clubs brought together black and white writers in writing collectives. The Congress of Industrial Organizations’ effort to recruit black workers inspired growing interest in the labor movement. One of the most concerted efforts was made by the National Negro Congress, a coalition of civil rights and labor organizations, which held cultural panels at its national conferences, fought segregation in the arts, promoted cultural education, and involved writers and artists in staging mass rallies during World War II. This book examines the formation of a black cultural front by looking at the works of poet Langston Hughes, novelist Chester Himes, and cartoonist Ollie Harrington. While none of these writers were card-carrying members of the Communist Party, they all participated in the Left during their careers. Interestingly, they all turned to creating popular culture in order to reach the black masses who were captivated by movies, radio, newspapers, and detective novels. There are chapters on Hughes’s “Simple” stories, Himes’s detective fiction, and Harrington’s “Bootsie” cartoons. Collectively, the experience of these three figures contributes to the story of a “long” movement for African American freedom that flourished during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Yet this book also stresses the impact that McCarthyism had on dismantling the Black Left and how it affected each individual involved. Each was radicalized at a different moment and for different reasons. Each suffered for their past allegiances, whether fleeing to the haven of the “Black Bank” in Paris, or staying home and facing the House Un-American Activities Committee. Yet the lasting influence of the Depression in their work was evident for the rest of their lives.
briaN DOliNar, urbana, illinois, is a visiting scholar in the department of english at the university of illinois at urbana–Champaign. his articles have appeared in Langston Hughes Review, Southern Quarterly, and Studies in American Humor. JunE, 288 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, bibliography, index Printed casebinding $60.00s 978-1-61703-269-1 Ebook $60.00 978-1-61703-270-7 Margaret Walker Alexander Series in African American Studies

and the roots of feminist literary criticism
This book traces the development of a Left feminist consciousness as women became more actively involved in the American Left during and immediately following World War II. McDonald argues that women writers on the Left drew on the rhetoric of antifascism to critique the cultural and ideological aspects of women’s oppression. In Left journals during World War II, women writers outlined the dangers of fascist control for women and argued that the fight against fascism must also be about ending women’s oppression. After World War II, women writers continued to use this antifascist framework to call attention to the ways in which the emerging domestic ideology in the United States bore a frightening resemblance to the fascist repression of women in Nazi Germany. This critique of American domestic ideology emphasized the ways in which black and working-class women were particularly affected and extended to an examination of women’s roles in personal and romantic relationships. Underlying this critique was the belief that representations of women in American culture were part of the problem. To counter these dominant cultural images, women writers on the Left depicted female activists in contemporary antifascist and anticolonial struggles or turned to the past, for historical role models in the labor, abolitionist, and antisuffrage movements. This depiction of women as models of agency and liberation challenged some of the conventions about femininity in the postwar era. The book provides a historical overview of women writers who anticipated issues about women’s oppression and the intersections of gender, race, and class that would become central tenants of feminist literary criticism and black feminist criticism in the 1970s and 1980s. It closely considers works by writers both well-known and obscure, including Lorraine Hansberry, Alice Childress, Martha Dodd, Sanora Babb, and Beth McHenry.
KaThleNe McDONalD, brooklyn, New york, is associate professor of english at the City College of New york Center for Worker education/CuNy. her work has been published in Black Scholar, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society. JuLY, 160 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, bibliography, index Printed casebinding $55.00s 978-1-61703-301-8 Ebook $55.00 978-1-61703-302-5 relaTeD Feminist alternatives irony and Fantasy in the Contemporary Novel by Women nancy A. Walker Paper $25.00D 978-1-60473-576-5


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The Culture and Politics of Contemporary Street Gang Memoirs
JOsephiNe MeTCalF

Sombreros and Motorcycles in a Newer South
The Politics of Aesthetics in South Carolina’s Tourism Industry
p. NiCOle KiNG

a close examination of the emergence of three los angeles gangland autobiographies and their literary receptions

how south of the border and atlantic beach reflect cultural shifts in a more inclusive south

The publication of Sanyika Shakur’s Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member in 1993 generated a huge amount of excitement in literary circles—New York Times book critic Michiko Kakutani deemed it a “shocking and galvanic book”— and set off a new publishing trend of gang memoirs in the 1990s. The memoirs showcased tales of violent confrontation and territorial belonging but also offered many of the first journalistic and autobiographical accounts of the much-mythologized gang subculture. In The Culture and Politics of Contemporary Street Gang Memoirs, Josephine Metcalf focuses on three of these memoirs—Shakur’s Monster; Luis J. Rodriguez’s Always Running: La Vida Loca—Gang Days in LA; and Stanley “Tookie” Williams’s Blue Rage, Black Redemption—as key representatives of the gang autobiography. Metcalf examines the conflict among violence, thrilling sensationalism, and the authorial desire to instruct and warn competing within these works. The narrative arcs of the memoirs themselves rest on the process of conversion from brutal, young gangbangers to nonviolent, enlightened citizens. Metcalf analyzes the emergence, production, marketing, and reception of gang memoirs. Through interviews with Rodriguez, Shakur, and Barbara Cottman Becnel (Williams’s editor), Metcalf reveals both the writing and publishing processes. This book analyzes key narrative conventions, specifically how diction, dialogue, and narrative arcs shape the works. The book also explores how the memoirs are consumed. This interdisciplinary study—fusing literary criticism, sociology, ethnography, reader-response study, and editorial theory—brings scholarly attention to a popular, much-discussed, but understudied modern expression.
JOsephiNe MeTCalF, Manchester, united Kingdom, is a temporary teaching fellow at both the university of hull and the university of Manchester. her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the European Journal for American Studies, Journal of American Culture, and Journal of American Studies. AuguSt, 240 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 10 b&w illustrations, bibliography, index Printed casebinding $55.00s 978-1-61703-281-3 Ebook $55.00 978-1-61703-282-0

In 1949 Alan Schafer opened South of the Border, a beer stand located on bucolic farmland in Dillon County, South Carolina, near the border separating North and South Carolina. As tourist traffic grew, the stand developed a faux Mexican border town theme featuring kitsch souvenirs such as sombreros, toy piñatas, and vividly colored panchos. Within five years, the beer stand had grown into a restaurant, then a series of restaurants, and then a theme park, complete with gas stations, motels, a miniature golf course, and an adult-themed shop. Flashy billboards—featuring South of the Border’s stereotypical bandito, Pedro—advertised the locale from hundreds of miles away. An hour south of Schafer’s site lies the Grand Strand region—sixty miles of South Carolina beaches and various forms of recreation. Within this region, Atlantic Beach has been a primary tourist destination for African Americans since the 1940s, as it was one of the few recreational beaches open to them. Since the 1990s, the beach has been home to the Atlantic Beach Bikefest, a motorcycle festival event that draws thousands of African Americans and other tourists annually. Sombreros and Motorcycles in a Newer South studies both locales to illustrate how they serve as lenses for viewing the historical, social, and aesthetic aspects embedded in a place’s culture over time. In doing so, author P. Nicole King develops the concept of the “Newer South,” the contemporary era of southern culture that integrates Old South and New South history and ideas about issues such as race, taste, and regional authenticity. Tracing South Carolina’s tourism industry through these places, King analyzes the collision of southern identity and place with national and global commercial culture from the 1940s onward.
p. NiCOle KiNG, baltimore, Maryland, is assistant professor of american studies at the university of Maryland, baltimore County, and director of the Orser Center for the study of place, Community, and Culture. her work has appeared in the edited collection Dixie Emporium: Consumerism, Tourism, and Memory in the American South. APRIL, 256 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 11 b&w photographs, bibliography, index Printed casebinding $55.00s 978-1-61703-251-6 Ebook $55.00 978-1-61703-252-3 university press of Mississippi 21

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The Black Carib Wars
Freedom, Survival, and the Making of the Garifuna
ChrisTOpher TaylOr

Wolf Tracks
peTer szOK

Popular Art and Re-Africanization in Twentieth-Century Panama

The most detailed history of the black Caribs of st. vincent

how red devil buses and selftaught artists have enlivened one latin american nation

In The Black Carib Wars, Christopher Taylor offers the most thoroughly researched history of the struggle of the Garifuna people to preserve their freedom on the island of St. Vincent. Today, thousands of Garifuna people live in Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and the United States, preserving their unique culture and speaking a language that directly descends from that spoken in the Caribbean at the time of Columbus. All trace their origins back to St. Vincent where their ancestors were native Carib Indians and shipwrecked or runaway West African slaves—hence the name by which they were known to French and British colonialists: Black Caribs. In the 1600s they encountered Europeans as adversaries and allies. But from the early 1700s, white people, particularly the French, began to settle on St. Vincent. The treaty of Paris in 1763 handed the island to the British who wanted the Black Caribs’ land to grow sugar. Conflict was inevitable, and in a series of bloody wars punctuated by uneasy peace the Black Caribs took on the might of the British Empire. Over decades leaders such as Tourouya, Bigot, and Chatoyer organized the resistance of a society which had no central authority but united against the external threat. Finally, abandoned by their French allies, they were defeated, and the survivors deported to Central America in 1797. The Black Carib Wars draws on extensive research in Britain, France, and St. Vincent to offer a compelling narrative of the formative years of the Garifuna people.
ChrisTOpher TaylOr, london, england, is a journalist who works for the Guardian (london). he is the author of The Beautiful Game: A Journey through Latin American Football. JuLY, 224 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches Printed casebinding $55.00s 978-1-61703-310-0 Ebook $55.00 978-1-61703-311-7 Caribbean Studies Series Copublished with signal books, ltd. For sale in North america, u.s. trust territories, and the Caribbean 22 university press of Mississippi

Popular art in Panama is a masculine and working-class genre, associated with the country’s black population. Its practitioners are self-taught, commercial artists, whose high-toned designs, vibrant portraits, and landscapes appear in cantinas, barbershops, and restaurants. The red devil buses are the tradition’s most visible manifestation. Old school buses are imported from the United States and provide public transportation in Colon and Panama City. Their owners hire the painters to attract customers with eye-catching depictions of singers and actors, boastful phrases, and vivid representations of both local and exotic panoramas. The red devils feature powerful stereo systems and dominate the urban environment with their blasting reggae, screeching brakes, horns, sirens, whistles, and roaring mufflers. Wolf Tracks analyzes the origins of these practices, tying them to Afro-American festival aesthetics and to the rumba craze of the mid-twentieth century. Middle- and upper-class intellectuals fled from modernization and asserted a romantic and mestizo vision of the republic. But artists such as Luis “The Wolf” Evans exploited such moments of modernization to challenge the older conception of Panama as an exclusively Hispanic and mestizo (European-indigenous) country. These popular artists enthusiastically embraced the new influences to project a powerful sense of blackness. Based on over ten years of research, Wolf Tracks includes biographies of dozens of painters, as well as detailed discussions of mestizo nationalism, soccer, reggae, and other markers of Afro-Panamanian identity.
peTer szOK, Fort Worth, Texas, is associate professor of history at Texas Christian university. he is the author of ‘La Ultima Gaviota,’ Liberalism and Nostalgia in Early Twentieth-Century Panama. JunE, 320 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 24 color photographs, 37 b&w photographs, appendix, bibliography, index Printed casebinding $55.00s 978-1-61703-243-1 Ebook $55.00 978-1-61703-244-8 Caribbean Studies Series

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The Caribbean Novel since 1945
Cultural Practice, Form, and the Nation-State
MiChael NibleTT

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examinations of the rich history, literature, politics, and culture of the islands and adjoining nations

how fiction, its forms, and its evolution reflect countries in the midst of postcolonial change
The Caribbean Novel since 1945 offers a comparative analysis of fiction from throughout pan-Caribbean, exploring the relationship between literary form, cultural practice, and the nation-state. Engaging with the historical and political impact of capitalist imperialism, decolonization, class struggle, ethnic conflict, and gender relations, Michael Niblett considers the ways in which Caribbean authors have sought to rethink and renarrate the traumatic past and often problematic postcolonial present of the region’s peoples. This work pays particular attention to how cultural practices, such as stickfighting and Carnival, and religious rituals and beliefs, such as Vodou and Myal, have figured in reshaping the novel form. Beginning with the post-WWII period, when optimism surrounding the possibility of social and political change peaked, The Caribbean Novel since 1945 interrogates the trajectories of various national projects. The scope of Niblett’s analysis is varied and comprehensive, covering both critically acclaimed and lesser-known authors from the Anglophone, Francophone, and Hispanophone traditions. These include Jacques Roumain, Sam Selvon, Marie Chauvet, Luis Rafael Sánchez, Earl Lovelace, Patrick Chamoiseau, Erna Brodber, Wilson Harris, Shani Mootoo, Oonya Kempadoo, Ernest Moutoussamy, and Pedro Juan Gutiérrez. Mixing detailed analysis of key texts with wider surveys of significant trends, this book emphasizes the continuing significance of representations of the nation-state to contemporary Caribbean literature.
MiChael NibleTT, Warwickshire, united Kingdom, is research fellow at the yesu persaud Centre for Caribbean studies at the university of Warwick in Coventry, united Kingdom. he is the coeditor of Perspectives on the Other America: Comparative Approaches to Caribbean and Latin American Culture. MARCh, 304 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, bibliography, index Printed casebinding $60.00s 978-1-61703-247-9 Ebook $60.00 978-1-61703-248-6 Caribbean Studies Series

A. R. F. Webber and the Making of the Guyanese Nation
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Decolonization in St. Lucia
Politics and Global Neoliberalism, 1945–2010
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Up Yon Wide and Lonely Glen

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essays that explore current scholarship on the Nobel laureate’s work
Faulkner and Formalism: The Returns of the Text collects eleven essays in which contributors query the status of Faulkner’s literary text in contemporary criticism and scholarship. How do scholars today approach Faulkner’s texts? For some, including Arthur F. Kinney and James B. Carothers, “returns of the text” is a phrase that raises questions of aesthetics, poetics, and authority. For others, the phrase serves as an invitation to return to Faulkner’s language, to writing and the letter itself. Serena Haygood Blount, Owen Robinson, James Harding, and Taylor Hagood interpret “returns of the text” in the sense in which Roland Barthes characterizes this shift in his seminal essay “From Work to Text.” For Barthes, the text “is not to be thought of as an object . . . but as a methodological field,” a notion quite different from the New Critical understanding of the work as a unified construct with intrinsic aesthetic value. Faulkner’s language itself is under close scrutiny in some of the readings that emphasize a deconstructive or a semiological approach to his writing. Historical and cultural contexts continue to play significant roles, however, in essays by Thadious M. Davis, Ted Atkinson, Martyn Bone, and Ethel Young-Minor. Instead of approaching the literary text as a reflection, a representation of that context, these readings stress the role of the text as a challenge to the power of external ideological systems. By retaining a bond with new historicist analysis and cultural studies, these essays are illustrative of analysis that carefully preserves attention to Faulkner’s sociopolitical environment. Theresa M. Towner’s concluding essay invites readers to return to Faulkner’s less well-known short stories for critical exposure and the pleasure of reading.
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The Past Is Not Dead is a collection of twenty literary and historical essays that will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Southern Quarterly, one of the oldest scholarly journals (founded in 1962) dedicated to southern studies. Like its companion volume Personal Souths, this essay collection features the best work published in the journal. Essays represent every decade of the journal’s history, from the 1960s to the 2000s. Topics range from historical essays on the Mississippi frontier, southern religion, African culinary influences, and New Deal politics, to literary essays on George W. Cable, James Dickey, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, and Richard Wright. Important regional subjects like the Yazoo Basin and Mississippi blues are given special attention. Contributors range from such noted literary figures as Margaret Walker Alexander and Willie Morris, to literary critics Thadious M. Davis, Susan V. Donaldson, Kathryn L. Seidel, and Joseph Millichap, to scholars of African American studies such as Robert L. Hall and Manning Marable and historians including Don H. Doyle, Randy J. Sparks, and Martha Swain. Collectively, the essays in The Past Is Not Dead enrich and illuminate our understanding of southern history, literature, and culture, and celebrate the work of a distinctive, distinguished journal.
DOuGlas b. ChaMbers, brooklyn, Mississippi, is the former editor of the Southern Quarterly (2005–2011) and associate professor of history at the university of southern Mississippi. he is the author of Murder at Montpelier: Igbo Africans in Virginia, published by university press of Mississippi. KeNNeTh WaTsON, hattiesburg, Mississippi, is the former associate editor of Southern Quarterly (2005–2011) and associate professor of english at the university of southern Mississippi. peGGy WhiTMaN preNshaW, Jackson, Mississippi, is a former editor of the Southern Quarterly (1974–1991), Millsaps College humanities scholar-in-residence, and Fred C. Frey professor emerita, louisiana state university, and is the series editor of the literary Conversations series. JuLY, 352 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, foreword, introduction, index Printed casebinding $65.00s 978-1-61703-303-2 Paper $30.00s 978-1-61703-304-9 Ebook $30.00 978-1-61703-305-6

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Personal Souths, a collection of twenty literary interviews with famous southern writers, will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Southern Quarterly, one of the oldest scholarly journals (founded in 1962) dedicated to southern studies. The writers range from Erskine Caldwell, Eudora Welty, and Tennessee Williams (all interviewed in the 1970s), to a Who’s-Who of southern literature in the second half of the twentieth century. All of these interviews were originally published in the journal in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, and are collected here for the first time. The South is represented broadly, with writers from nine states: at least four represent the “mountain South” (Donald Harington, Bobbie Ann Mason, Robert Morgan, Lee Smith), while another four typify a “cosmopolitan South” (Reynolds Price, Mary Lee Settle, Elizabeth Spencer, Tennessee Williams). The greatest number of voices, at least eight of the writers, speak for or from the “poor white South” (Larry Brown, Erskine Caldwell, Harry Crews, Donald Harington, Bobbie Ann Mason, Robert Morgan, Del Shores, Lee Smith). Of the seventy literary interviews published in the journal in the past thirty years, only one was with an African American writer, Ernest J. Gaines, included here. Several other interviews (Larry Brown, Ellen Douglas, William Styron) consider issues of race, and Styron (the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Confessions of Nat Turner) focuses on a conversation about African American literature. It is a testament to the quality of the Southern Quarterly that many of these writers, when discussing their most important contemporaries, often refer to other writers whose interviews are also in this collection.
DOuGlas b. ChaMbers, brooklyn, Mississippi, is the former editor of the Southern Quarterly (2005–2011) and associate professor of history at the university of southern Mississippi. he is the author of Murder at Montpelier: Igbo Africans in Virginia, published by university press of Mississippi. JuLY, 352 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, introduction, appendix, index Printed casebinding $65.00s 978-1-61703-290-5 Paper $30.00s 978-1-61703-291-2 Ebook $30.00 978-1-61703-292-9 Order online at

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