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464 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 30 illus., bibl., index

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi

New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

ISBN  978-0-8078-3401-5
Published: September 2011

ISBN  978-0-8078-7143-0
Published: September 2011

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

Volume 18: Media

Edited By Allison Graham and Sharon Monteith

Charles Reagan Wilson, General Editor

This volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture examines how mass media have shaped popular perceptions of the South--and how the South has shaped the history of mass media. An introductory overview by Allison Graham and Sharon Monteith is followed by 40 thematic essays and 132 topical articles that examine major trends and seminal moments in film, television, radio, press, and Internet history. Among topics explored are the southern media boom, beginning with the Christian Broadcast Network and CNN; popular movies, television shows, and periodicals that have shaped ideas about the region, including Gone with the Wind, The Beverly Hillbillies, Roots, and Southern Living; and southern media celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Truman Capote, and Stephen Colbert. The volume details the media's involvement in southern history, from depictions of race in the movies to news coverage of the civil rights movement and Hurricane Katrina. Taken together, these entries reveal and comment on the ways in which mass media have influenced, maintained, and changed the idea of a culturally unique South.

About the Author

Allison Graham is professor of media studies at the University of Memphis.

Sharon Monteith is professor of American studies at the University of Nottingham.

Charles Reagan Wilson is Kelly Gene Cook Sr. Chair in History and Professor of Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi. He is coeditor, with William Ferris, of the original Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.


"[A] multi-year, multi-dimensional, and unprecedented series."
--Library Journal

“An interesting addition to the wide array of topics covered in other volumes of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Most academic and larger public libraries, especially those that own other volumes of the encyclopedia, will definitely want to add this title.”
--American Reference Books Annual

"This book addresses the breadth of mass media and a media-shaped South. . . . Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers."

“Readers interested in the media’s cultural power will find this reference work useful, entertaining, and often provocative.”
--North Carolina Historical Review

"A fascinating mosaic of the mass media’s role in the culture of the South, rich in its details about the men and women who in the past century greatly expanded the traditional cultural reach of newspapers and magazines through film and television."
--Maxwell McCombs, University of Texas at Austin

"This volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture takes a sweeping view of the media. From Elvis Presley to Ossie Davis, from Truman Capote to Spike Lee, from "The Great Speckled Bird" to Mississippi Burning, the editors and contributors take the reader on an excursion through the media landscape of the South--a landscape marked by iconic films and documentaries, opinionated journalism, and music drawn from the soul of a region that entranced a nation."
--Ferrel Guillory, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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