The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Volume 18: Media


This volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture examines how mass media have shaped popular perceptions of the South—and how the South has shaped the history of mass media. An introductory overview by Allison Graham and Sharon Monteith is followed by 40 thematic essays and 132 topical articles that examine major trends and seminal moments in film, television, radio, press, and Internet history. Among topics explored are the southern media boom, beginning with the Christian Broadcast Network and CNN; ...

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This volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture examines how mass media have shaped popular perceptions of the South—and how the South has shaped the history of mass media. An introductory overview by Allison Graham and Sharon Monteith is followed by 40 thematic essays and 132 topical articles that examine major trends and seminal moments in film, television, radio, press, and Internet history. Among topics explored are the southern media boom, beginning with the Christian Broadcast Network and CNN; popular movies, television shows, and periodicals that have shaped ideas about the region, including Gone with the Wind, The Beverly Hillbillies, Roots, and Southern Living; and southern media celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Truman Capote, and Stephen Colbert. The volume details the media's involvement in southern history, from depictions of race in the movies to news coverage of the civil rights movement and Hurricane Katrina. Taken together, these entries reveal and comment on the ways in which mass media have influenced, maintained, and changed the idea of a culturally unique South.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A very high standard of quality. Browsing through it will reward and, like a favorite episode of Andy Griffith, ultimately satisfy."—Florida Historical Quarterly

"Readers interested in the media's cultural power will find this reference work useful, entertaining, and often provocative."—North Carolina Historical Review

"This book addresses the breadth of mass media and a media-shaped South. . . . Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers."—Choice

"An interesting addition to the wide array of topics covered in other volumes of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Most academic and larger public libraries, especially those that own other volumes of the encyclopedia, will definitely want

"[A] multi-year, multi-dimensional, and unprecedented series."—Library Journal

Library Journal
Series editor Charles Reagan Wilson updates the original 1989 four-volume study by dividing emergent themes into individual monographs. With Volume 18, Graham (Framing the South: Hollywood, Television, and Race During the Civil Rights Struggle) and Monteith (Advancing Sisterhood?: Interracial Friendships in Contemporary Southern Fiction) bring together the scholarship of 121 academics to profile Southern-born media figures and organizations. Also explored are Southern media-related developments such as New South Journalism and broader themes, e.g., Southern horror films. Alphabetized, multipage essays are incisive and illuminating. When offering interpretation, contributors remain objective in tone, enhancing their entries' instructive power. Each essay closes with a contributor name and considerable further-reading lists. Enlightening for both subject scholars and curious lay readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807871430
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 9/12/2011
  • Series: The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Allison Graham is professor of communications at the University of Memphis.

Sharon Monteith is professor of American studies at the University of Nottingham.

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Table of Contents

General Introduction xiii

Introduction xix

Southern Media Cultures 1

Broadcast News, Voices, and Accents 31

Comic Strips 34

Film, Censorship of 38

Film, Civil Rights in 41

Film, Civil War in 44

Film, Comedy 47

Film, Documentary 51

Film, Ethnicity in 57

Film, Exploitation 60

Film, Good Ole Boy 65

Film, Horror 68

Film, Independent 72

Film, Lynching 76

Film, Musical 80

Film, Music (Southern) in 84

Film, Plantation in 87

Film, Politics in 88

Film, Prison 91

Film, Race in (1890s-1930s) 95

Film, Religion in 99

Film, Silent 102

Film Exhibition 106

Film Industry 111

Internet Representations of the South 114

Journalism (Print) and Civil Rights (1954-1968) 118

Journalism (Print) and Labor 123

Journalists, New South 127

Magazines 130

Newspapers 136

Newspapers, Spanish-Language 142

Photojournalism 146

Radio, Spanish-Language 153

Radio Industry, Early 157

Radio Industry, Modern 161

Segregationists' Use of Media 163

Television, Civil Rights and 167

Television Movies 171

Television Series (1940s-1980s) 174

Television Series (1980 to Present) 179

Agee, James 183

All the King's Men 185

Altman, Robert 186

Appalshop 187

Bakker, Jim and Tammy Faye 189

Bankhead, Tallulah 191

Barber, Red 193

The Beatles and Jesus Controversy 195

The Beverly Hillbillies 196

Binford, Lloyd 198

The Birth of a Nation 199

Bourke-White, Margaret 201

Brewer, Craig 202

Bryant, Anita 204

Cable News Network (CNN) 205

Caldwell, Erskine, and Film 207

Capote, Truman 208

Carter, Asa 210

Carter, Hodding 212

Carville, James 213

Cherokee Phoenix 215

Chick Flicks 216

Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) 218

The Civil War (Ken Burns's) 218

Coen, Ethan and Joel 220

Colbert, Stephen 222

Conroy, Pat, Film Adaptations 224

Country Music Television (CMT) 225

Cox Enterprises 226

Curtiz, Michael 228

Davis, Bette 229

Davis, Ossie 230

The Defiant Ones 231

Deliverance 233

Designing Women 234

Dixie Chicks Controversy 236

Driving Miss Daisy 236

The Dukes of Hazzard 237

Eyes on the Prize 238

Halwell, Jerry 240

Faulkner, William, and Film 242

Fetchit, Stepin 244

Foote, Horton 245

Ford, Tennessee Ernie 247

Freeman, Morgan 249

Gardner, Ava 251

Gardner, "Brother Dave" 252

Golden, Harry 254

Gone with the Wind 256

Graham, Billy 259

Grand Ole Opry 260

Great Speckled Bird 262

Griffith, Andy 263

Grisham, John, Film Adaptations of Novels by 266

Harris, Joel Chandler 268

Hee Haw 269

Huie, William Bradford 271

Hunter-Gault, Charlayne 272

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang 273

Inherit the Wind 274

In the Heat of the Night 277

The Intruder 278

Ivins, Molly 280

Jefferson, Thomas, and Sally Hemings 281

Jezebel 282

Jones, James Earl 285

Kazan, Elia 287

Kennedy, Stetson 289

Kilpatrick, James J. 291

King, Martin Luther, Jr., Media Representations of 292

Lee, Spike 294

Leigh, Vivien 296

Living Blues 298

Mandingo 300

Marlette, Doug 302

McCullers, Carson, and Film 304

McElwee, Ross 306

McGill, Ralph 307

McQueen, Butterfly 309

Mississippi Burning 311

Mitchell, Jerry, Jr. 312

Monroe, Sputnik 313

Morris, Willie 315

Moyers, Bill 317

Nashville 318

The Nashville Network (TNN or Spike) 320

New Orleans Times-Picayune 320

Norman Film Studios 322

Nothing but a Man 324

Nuñez, Victor 325

O'Connor, Flannery, in Film and Television 327

Oxford American 328

Parton, Dolly 330

Pearl, Minnie 331

Perry, Tyler 332

Pinky 333

Presley, Elvis 335

Presley, Elvis, Dead on Film 337

Radio Free Dixie 338

The Real McCoys 339

Renoir, Jean 341

Reynolds, Burt 342

Ritt, Martin 343

Robertson, Pat 345

Roots 347

Rose, Charlie 348

Sayles, John 350

Shore, Dinah 351

Show Boat 352

Song of the South 354

Southern Cultures 355

Southern Exposure 356

Southern Living 358

Spacek, Sissy 359

A Streetcar Named Desire 361

Swaggart, Jimmy 364

Telemundo 365

Thornton, Billy Bob 366

A Time to Kill 368

To Kill a Mockingbird 369

Turner, Ted 371

Vidor, King 372

The Waltons 373

Way Down South 374

WDIA 375

Wells-Barnett, Ida B. 376

WHER 378

Williams, Tennessee, and Film 379

Winfrey, Oprah 381

WLAC 383

Woodward, Joanne 385

WSM 386

Young, P. B. 388

Index of Contributors 391

Index 393

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