The volume features 113 articles, 65 of which are entirely new for this edition. Thematic articles address subjects such as sexuality, respectability, and paternalism and investigate the role of gender in broader subjects, including the civil rights movement, country music, and sports. Topical entries highlight individuals such as Oprah Winfrey, the Grimke sisters, and Dale Earnhardt, as well as historical events such as the capture of Jefferson Davis in a woman's dress, the Supreme Court's decision in Loving v. Virginia, and the Memphis sanitation workers' strike, with its slogan, "I AM A MAN." Bringing together scholarship on gender and the body, sexuality, labor, race, and politics, this volume offers new ways to view big questions in southern history and culture.
About the Author
Ted Ownby is professor of history and southern studies at the University of Mississippi and author of Subduing Satan: Recreation, Religion, and Manhood in the Rural South, 1865-1920 (UNC Press).
What People are Saying About This
Gender pervades the southern past and present. From patriarchy to southern belle, mammy to NASCAR dad, Thomas Dixon Jr. to Betty Mae Jumper, and Loving v. Virginia to Designing Women, gender has greatly influenced our constructions of 'South' and 'southern.' The new and exciting essays in this volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture remind us that gender continues to be a powerful force in both southern culture and historiography.Craig Thompson Friend, North Carolina State University, editor of Southern Masculinity: Perspectives on Manhood in the South since Reconstruction and coeditor of Southern Manhood: Perspectives on Masculinity in the Old South