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American Cinema and the Southern Imaginary (New Southern Studies)


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Employing innovations in media studies, southern cultural studies, and approaches to the global South, this collection of essays examines aspects of the southern imaginary in American cinema and offers fresh insight into the evolving field of southern film studies.
In their introduction, Deborah Barker and Kathryn McKee argue that the southern imaginary in film is not contained by the boundaries of geography and genre; it is not an offshoot or subgenre of mainstream American film but is integral to the history and the development of American cinema.
Ranging from the silent era to the present and considering Hollywood movies, documentaries, and independent films, the contributors incorporate the latest scholarship in a range of disciplines. The volume is divided into three sections: “Rereading the South” uses new critical perspectives to reassess classic Hollywood films; “Viewing the Civil Rights South” examines changing approaches to viewing race and class in the post–civil rights era; and “Crossing Borders” considers the influence of postmodernism, postcolonialism, and media studies on recent southern films.
The contributors to American Cinema and the Southern Imaginary complicate the foundational term “southern,” in some places stretching the traditional boundaries of regional identification until they all but disappear and in others limning a persistent and sometimes self-conscious performance of place that intensifies its power.

About the Author

Deborah Barker is an associate professor of English at the University of Mississippi. She is the author of Aesthetics and Gender in American Literature: The Portrait of the Woman Artist and coeditor of Shakespeare and Gender: A History. Kathryn McKee is the McMullan Associate Professor of Southern Studies and English at the University of Mississippi. She has published in a range of journals, including American Literature, Legacy, Mississippi Quarterly, and Southern Literary Journal.


Table of Contents


Deborah E. Barker and Kathryn McKee. Introduction: The Southern Imaginary

I. Rereading the Hollywood South

Robert Jackson. The Celluloid War before The Birth: Race and History in Early American Film

Riché Richardson. Mammy's "Mules" and the Rules of Marriage in Gone with the Wind

Leigh Anne Duck. Bodies and Expectations: Chain Gang Discipline

Chris Cagle. The Postwar Cinematic South: Realism and the Politics of Liberal Consensus

Matthew H. Bernstein. A "Professional Southerner" in the Hollywood Studio System: Lamar Trotti at Work, 1934-1952

II. Viewing the Civil Rights South

Ryan DeRosa. Black Passing and White Pluralism: Imitation of Life in the Civil Rights Struggle

Valerie Smith. Remembering Birmingham Sunday: Spike Lee's 4 Little Girls

Sharon Monteith. Exploitation Movies and the Freedom Struggle of the 1960s

III. Crossing Borders

Jay Watson. Mapping out a Postsouthern Cinema: Three Contemporary Films

Melanie R. Benson. The Native Screen: American Indians in Contemporary Southern Film

Briallen Hopper. The City That Déjà Vu Forgot: Memory, Mapping, and the Americanization of New Orleans

R. Bruce Brasell. Humid Time: Independent Film, Gay Sexualities, and Southernscapes

Christopher J. Smith. Papa Legba and the Liminal Spaces of the Blues: Roots Music in Deep South Film

Tara McPherson. Revamping the South: Thoughts on Labor, Relationality, and Southern Representation



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Mckee, Kathryn
University of Georgia Press
Barker, Deborah
McKee, Kathryn
Barker, Deborah
Motion pictures and history
African Americans in motion pictures
American - General
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Literary Criticism : General
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