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Hillbilly : a cultural history of an American icon

Author: Anthony Harkins
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
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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 "while 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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony Harkins
ISBN: 019514631X 9780195146318 9780195189506 0195189507
OCLC Number: 51553080
Awards: Winner of Suzanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship, Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, Texas A & M University.
Description: xii, 324 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 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 --
From deliverance to cyberspace: The continuing relevance of "Hillbilly" in contemporary America.
Responsibility: Anthony Harkins.
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... a well-researched and richly illustrated tour of the hillbilly's life in the modern entertainments of music, film, television and newspaper comic pages. Scott Saul, Times Literary Supplement Read more...

 
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