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.
The Routledge History Handbook of the American South looks at the major themes that have developed in the interdisciplinary field of Southern Studies. With fifteen original essays from experts in their respective fields, the handbook addresses such diverse topics as Southern linguistics, music (secular and non-secular), gender, food, and history and memory. The chapters present focused historiographical analyses that, taken together, offer a clear sense of the evolution and contours of Southern Studies. This volume is valuable both as a dynamic introduction to Southern Studies and as an entry point into more recent research for those already familiar with the subfield.