Recent Submissions

  • Blossoming in Strange New Forms: Male Homosexuality and the Harlem Renaissance 

    Kelley, James (Soundings: An Interdisciplinary JournalMSU-Meridian - Division of Arts and SciencesMSU-Meridian, 1997)
    Uses the symposium near the end of Wallace Thurman's Infants of the Spring to examine conflicting models for gay identity for black male writers in the Harlem Renaissance.
  • Song, Story, or History: Resisting Claims of a Coded Message in the African American Spiritual "Follow the Drinking Gourd" 

    Kelley, James (The Journal of Popular CultureMSU-Meridian - Division of Arts and SciencesMSU-Meridian, 2008)
    Traces and challenges the popular claim that African American slaves used specific songs to facilitate their escape to the North and to freedom. Challenges the widespread use of such songs in K-12 education.
  • Gay Naming in Online Gaming 

    Kelley, James (Names: A Journal of OnomasticsMSU-Meridian - Division of Arts and SciencesMSU-Meridian, 2012-12)
    This essay analyzes the naming strategies of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) gamers and their allies in massively multiplayer online games. The name choices for their characters and for the groups to which ...
  • The Homeschooling of Scout Finch 

    Kelley, James (Changing EnglishMSU-Meridian - Division of Arts and SciencesMSU-Meridian, 2012-12)
    Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most widely taught texts in language arts classrooms through the English-speaking world and is greatly valued by many readers today for its depiction of youth grappling ...