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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of English Language and Literature

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Faculty members in the department play a central role in several publishing efforts and projects, and the Department of English is also home to many useful online resources.

Publishing Efforts

James Dickey Newsletter
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James Dickey Newsletter is published twice annually, and contains literary criticism of Dickey's work and comparative studies with works of others, as well as an on-going bibliography. Biographical information, reviews, interviews, lectures, news items, queries, and a few original poems of high quality are also included.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Society
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The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, Inc. is dedicated to fostering scholarship on and appreciation of the life and writings of one of America's greatest authors.

Language Book Reviews
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Book reviews editor and staff for Language, journal of the Linguistic Society of America, are housed in the Department of English.

Lettered Olive
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The Lettered Olive is USC's undergraduate literary review, which is focused exclusively upon undergraduate creative writing.

The Concord Saunterer
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The Concord Saunterer is an annual, peer-reviewed journal of Thoreau Scholarship, which contains in-depth essays about Thoreau, his times and his contemporaries, and his influence today.

Early American Literature

Early American Literature is a triquarterly journal featuring scholarship that explores the history, aesthetics, cultural significance, and meaning of writings in and about America from European contact to 1820.

Studies in Scottish Literature
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Studies in Scottish Literature is the foremost publication in its field. First published as a paper-bound quarterly in 1963, it is now a hardback annual. It features scholarly essays on issues concerning Scottish writings, Scottish authors, Scottish publishing, or any aspect of Scottish literature.

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Yemassee is the literary journal of the University of South Carolina, publishing poetry, short fiction, one-act plays, brief essays, and interviews in two issues every year.

Publishing Projects

Southern Texts Society
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The Southern Texts Society operates with the profound conviction that inquiry into the history of Southern thinking enables the self-understanding of the region and the appreciation of the complexity of national history.

Southeast Association for Book Arts
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Founded in 2004 as a joint initiative between the English and Art departments at USC, SABA operates the Book Arts Center and hosts a biennial Book Arts conference.

Online Resources

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LitCheck provides a useful overview of over seven hundred English-language authors whose first book appeared in 1950 or later. It is designed to facilitate and encourage the collecting of contemporary writers.