By Deborah Barker
Employing ideas in media stories, southern cultural stories, and techniques to the worldwide South, this selection of essays examines facets of the southern imaginary in American cinema and gives clean perception into the evolving box of southern movie studies.
In their advent, Deborah Barker and Kathryn McKee argue that the southern imaginary in movie isn't really contained through the bounds of geography and style; it's not an offshoot or subgenre of mainstream American movie yet is crucial to the background and the advance of yankee cinema.
Ranging from the silent period to the current and contemplating Hollywood videos, documentaries, and autonomous motion pictures, the participants contain the most recent scholarship in a number of disciplines. the amount is split into 3 sections: “Rereading the South” makes use of new serious views to reconsider vintage Hollywood movies; “Viewing the Civil Rights South” examines altering methods to viewing race and sophistication within the post–civil rights period; and “Crossing Borders” considers the impression of postmodernism, postcolonialism, and media experiences on contemporary southern films.
The participants to American Cinema and the Southern Imaginary complicate the foundational time period “southern,” in a few locations stretching the conventional barriers of neighborhood identity until eventually all of them yet disappear and in others limning a power and infrequently self-conscious functionality of position that intensifies its power.
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Extra resources for American Cinema and the Southern Imaginary
Romine, Real South, 28–29. 31. Graham, Framing the South, 13. Graham’s work provides a thorough examination of southern ﬁlm during the civil rights era. 32. French, introduction to South and Film, 13. 33. Richardson, Black Masculinity, 4. 34. For a discussion of the southern chick ﬂick, see Deborah Barker, “The Southern Fried Chick Flick: Postfeminism Goes to the Movies,” in Chick Flicks: Contemporary Women at the Movies, ed. Suzanne Ferriss and Mallory Young (New York: Routledge, 2007), 92–118.
For a more detailed historical overview of southern ﬁlm up to 1980, see Campbell, Celluloid South. 12. W. E. B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk, ed. Brent Hayes Edwards (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), xxxvi. Introduction 21 13. Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1903) appeared several months before The Great Train Robbery, although the latter is often incorrectly cited as the ﬁrst narrative ﬁlm. 14. Williams, Playing the Race Card, xiv. 15. Scott Romine, “Things Falling Apart: The Postcolonial Condition of Red Rock and The Leopard’s Spots,” in Smith and Cohn, Look Away, 176.
South within global crosscurrents of economic ﬂows, most particularly in the collections assembled by James L. Peacock, Harry L. Matthews, and Carrie R. Matthews, The American South in a Global World (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005), and James C. Cobb and William Stueck, Globalization and the American South (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2005). 10. Jon Smith and Deborah Cohn, introduction to “Uncanny Hybridities,” in Smith and Cohn, Look Away, 8. 11. For a more detailed historical overview of southern ﬁlm up to 1980, see Campbell, Celluloid South.
American Cinema and the Southern Imaginary by Deborah Barker