Hillbilly A Cultural History of an American Icon

ISBN-10: 0195189507
ISBN-13: 9780195189506
Edition: 2005
Authors: Anthony Harkins
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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/8/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

In this pioneering work of cultural history, historian Anthony Harkins argues that the hillbilly-in his various guises of "briar hopper," "brush ape," "ridge runner," and "white trash"-has been viewed by mainstream Americans simultaneously as a violent degenerate who threatens the modern order and as a keeper of traditional values of family, home, and physical production, and thus symbolic of a nostalgic past free of the problems of contemporary life. "Hillbilly" signifies both rugged individualism and stubborn backwardness, strong family and kin networks but also inbreeding and bloody feuds. Spanning film, literature, and the entire expanse of American popular culture, from D. W. Griffith to hillbilly music to the Internet, Harkins illustrates how the image of the hillbilly has consistently served as both a marker of social derision and regional pride. He traces the corresponding changes in representations of the hillbilly from late-nineteenth century America, through the great Depression, the mass migrations of Southern Appalachians in the 1940s and 1950s, the War on Poverty in the mid 1960s, and to the present day. and to the present day. Harkins also argues that images of hillbillies have played a critical role in the construction of whiteness and modernity in twentieth century America. Richly illustrated with dozens of photographs, drawings, and film and television stills, this unique book stands as a testament to the enduring place of the hillbilly in the American imagination.

Introduction: Race, Class, Popular Culture, and "the Hillbilly"
From Yankee Doodle to "Devil Anse": Literary, Graphic, and Ideological Progenitors, 1700-1899
The Emergence of "Hillbilly," 1900-1920
Country Music and the Rise of "Ezra K. Hillbilly" in Interwar America
Luke, Snuffy, & Abner: Hillbilly Cartoon Images in Depression-Era America
Hollywood's Hillbilly in Mid-Twentieth-Century America
The Hillbilly in the Living Room: Television Representations, 1952-1971
Epilogue: From Deliverance to Cyberspace: The Continuing Relevance of "Hillbilly" in Contemporary America
Postscript
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Non-Print Cultural Productions
General Index

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