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Hillbilly A Cultural History of an American Icon

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ISBN-10: 0195189507

ISBN-13: 9780195189506

Edition: 2005

Authors: Anthony Harkins

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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…    
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Book details

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: 1.254
Language: English

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
Non-Print Cultural Productions
General Index