James Wilcox




Recipient of the 2011 Louisiana Writer Award, James Wilcox’s nine novels include Modern Baptists and Hunk City. His short stories have appeared in the New Yorker and Avenue, and he has reviewed for The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times book reviews. In May 2009 LSU awarded him the Distinguished Research Master of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.


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The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

When the University of North Carolina Press joined with the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi to publish the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture in 1989, a pioneering reference work was born. The first reference book to deal exclusively with an American regional culture, the encyclopedia has served as a model for many similar projects at the state and regional levels. In the years since the encyclopedia was published, globalization, economic transformations and other cultural shifts have profoundly changed the South.

Now, the press and the center have come together again to publish The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, a 24-volume, thoroughly revised and updated edition of the original reference that reflects these changes and the newest scholarship about the region. The final two volumes were released in spring 2013.


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