South Writ Large is a quarterly online magazine that explores the culture of the changing South through its literature, art, music, psychology, and social patterns. The magazine grew out of the Global South Working Group, based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where, beginning in 2007, authors, artists, psychoanalysts, historians, social scientists, documentarians, and other humanists have met regularly to share recent work and to discuss the dreams, history, symbols, art, music, migrations, transplants, and interactions that link the southern United States to the wider world. The magazine’s founding editors are Amanda Brickell Bellows, Katherine Doss, Patrick Inman, Robin Miura, and Samia Serageldin.
The South, though historically recognized for its resistance to change, is not exempt from the impact of globalization. Globalization pushes the South beyond a national, oppositional frame to an integrative South that interacts with the world. It has been increasingly open to a growing pluralism that combines cultures, the imported roots of “local” traditions and the global reach of regional culture. “The far away is shaping the deep within,” is how Global South Working Group founder James Peacock sums up this shift and the excitement and tension that accompany it. We at South Writ Large are keen to observe, learn and participate in that process as the South furthers this transformation and becomes increasingly interconnected with the many other countries and regions that are experiencing similar transformations.
South Writ Large publishes literature, art, music, performances, memoirs, scholarship, reflections and debate fundamental to this process of regional change and global reconnection. It hopes to stimulate a conversation that is open, broad, and ever expanding.
Amanda Brickell Bellows
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