Southerners on Film: Essays on Hollywood Portrayals Since the 1970s

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Andrew B. Leiter
McFarland, Jul 28, 2011 - Performing Arts - 252 pages
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The representation of Southerners on film has been a topic of enduring interest and debate among scholars of both film and Southern studies. These 15 essays examine the problem of Southern identity in film since the civil rights era. Fresh insights are provided on such familiar topics as the redneck image, transitions to modernity and the prevalence of the Southern gothic. Other essays reflect the reinvigorated and expanding field of new Southern studies and topics include the transnational South, the intersection of ethnicity and environment and the cultural significance of Southern identity outside the South.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
I Multiculturalism and Melodrama
15
II Youre Only as Good as Your Last Game
32
III Every Man Has the Right to Contribute a Verse
47
IV That OldTimey Music
62
V American Dreams and Country Music
76
VI Gender Regional Identity and the Civil War
89
VII The Screen Kallikak
106
X The Junebug Dilemma
147
XI Imagined Realities
161
XII Adaptation and Sunshine State
175
XIII Reel Horror
187
XIV An Aesthetic of Play
204
XV You Taste of America
217
About the Contributors
231
Index
235

VIII The Haunting of a Black Southern Past
123
IX Practice in a Cemetery
134

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Andrew B. Leiter teaches English and American studies at Lycoming College. His research focuses on literary and popular representations of the American South.

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