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
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.
Subjects: Language & Literature, Film Studies
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