CLEMSON — Clemson University professor R. Barton Palmer has been named editor of South Atlantic Review (SAR), the official journal of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association. Palmer’s appointment is effective Aug 1.
Published quarterly and distributed to the organization’s membership of more than 1,000 academics in the Southeast, the review publishes research devoted to language, literature, rhetoric and composition, and other topics of scholarly interest in the humanities. The journal has been in continuous publication since 1935.
In her letter to Palmer, South Atlantic Modern Language Association president Lynn Ramey of Vanderbilt wrote, “We are excited about the new energy and vision that you would like to bring to SAR. The support that Clemson will provide was a key factor in our decision, and we are grateful for your institution’s strong support.”
Palmer has been the Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature in the English department since joining Clemson in 1995. He also spent two terms chairing the department.
Palmer maintains a high research profile both as a medievalist, specializing in late medieval English-French literary relations, and also as a film scholar, with a particular interest in classic Hollywood and international cinema. He is the author, editor or general editor of close to 50 books on various literary and film subjects. He also is the founding and general editor of book series at four university presses.
A prize-winning editor and translator of 14th-century French poetry, Palmer has published volumes on, among other subjects, the Coen Brothers, film noir, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Steven Soderbergh, John Frankenheimer, Tennessee Williams, Harper Lee and Alfred Hitchcock.
In addition to Palmer, two other members of Clemson’s English faculty will play leadership roles in South Atlantic Review: lecturer Karen Kettnich has been appointed managing editor, and assistant professor David Coombs has been named associate editor of book reviews. The Pearce Center for Professional Communication, as well as the department of English, will be providing interns to work on SAR.