Gone Dollywood: Dolly Parton's Mountain Dream

Gone Dollywood: Dolly Parton's Mountain Dream

by Graham Hoppe

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Dolly Parton isn’t just a country music superstar. She has built an empire. At the heart of that empire is Dollywood, a 150-acre fantasy land that hosts three million people a year. Parton’s prodigious talent and incredible celebrity have allowed her to turn her hometown into one of the most popular tourist destinations in America. The crux of Dollywood’s allure is its precisely calibrated Appalachian image, itself drawn from Parton’s very real hardscrabble childhood in the mountains of east Tennessee.

What does Dollywood have to offer besides entertainment? What do we find if we take this remarkable place seriously? How does it both confirm and subvert outsiders’ expectations of Appalachia? What does it tell us about the modern South, and in turn what does that tell us about America at large? How is regional identity molded in service of commerce, and what is the interplay of race, gender, and class when that happens?

In Gone Dollywood, Graham Hoppe blends tourism studies, celebrity studies, cultural analysis, folklore, and the acute observations and personal reflections of longform journalism into an unforgettable interrogation of Southern and American identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821446379
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 03/15/2018
Series: New Approaches to Appalachian Studies
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Graham Hoppe writes about culture and history with a focus on food and music. He is a graduate of the folklore program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Gone Dollywood is his first book. Raised in Indianapolis, Graham currently lives and works in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Contents Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction 1: Mountains, Parks, and Nothing Less Than Great 2: Rebels, Tourists, and a Tennessee Mountain Home Gallery of photos 3: Daisy Mae, Dreams, and Dolly 4: Pancakes, Paula Deen, and the Pigeon Forge Parkway 5: Okra, Chicken Livers, and a Break for Dinner 6: Biography, Persona, and Reality 7: Artifice, Celebrity, and Learning Something from Dollywood A Note about Sources Notes Bibliography Index

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