Synopses & Reviews
The study of the American South is still growing, evolving, and deepening as an academic field. Over the past few decades historians have come together with sociologists, musicologists, geographers, and others to broaden the ways in which we study the American South. Rather than just a rehashing of the Old v. New South narrative, the new Southern Studies looks at the changing demographics and culture of the region to paint a more complicated picture.
The Routledge Handbook of the American South looks at the major themes that have developed in this interdisciplinary area of study. Contributions by experts in the field are clustered under five major headings - The South, Southern Boundaries, Musical Traditions in the South, Visual Communication, and Southern Culture and chapters challenge the boundaries between topics and areas of study. Topics covered include Southern law, the economics of plantation society versus modern agribusiness, Southern women's lives, dialects and geography, spirituals and gospel music, the Bible Belt, and many more. The Handbook provides a stimulating introduction to the most important themes within the subject area, and is an invaluable reference work for any student and researcher of the American South.