American Cinema and the Southern Imaginary

American Cinema and the Southern Imaginary

by Briallen Hopper, Chris Cagel, Christopher J. Smith, Jay Watson, Leigh Duck
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820333808

ISBN-13: 9780820333809

Pub. Date: 01/01/2011

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820333809
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
01/01/2011
Series:
The New Southern Studies Series
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
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

Contributors
Index

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