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The Resource All-American redneck : variations on an icon, from James Fenimore Cooper to the Dixie Chicks, Matthew J. Ferrence

All-American redneck : variations on an icon, from James Fenimore Cooper to the Dixie Chicks, Matthew J. Ferrence

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All-American redneck : variations on an icon, from James Fenimore Cooper to the Dixie Chicks
Title
All-American redneck
Title remainder
variations on an icon, from James Fenimore Cooper to the Dixie Chicks
Statement of responsibility
Matthew J. Ferrence
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Author
Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
In contemporary culture, the stereotypical trappings of "redneckism" have been appropriated for everything from movies like Smokey and the Bandit to comedy acts like Larry the Cable Guy. Even a recent president, George W. Bush, shunned his patrician pedigree in favor of cowboy "authenticity" to appeal to voters. Whether identified with hard work and patriotism or with narrow-minded bigotry, the Redneck and its variants have become firmly established in American narrative consciousness. This provocative book traces the emergence of the faux-Redneck within the context of literary and cultural studies. Examining the icon's foundations in James Fenimore Cooper's Natty Bumppo--"an ideal white man, free of the boundaries of civilization"--And the degraded rural poor of Erskine Caldwell's Tobacco Road, Matthew Ferrence shows how Redneck stereotypes were further extended in Deliverance, both the novel and the film, and in a popular cycle of movies starring Burt Reynolds in the 1970s and '80s, among other manifestations. As a contemporary cultural figure, the author argues, the Redneck represents no one in particular but offers a model of behavior and ideals for many. Most important, it has become a tool--reductive, confining, and (sometimes, almost) liberating--by which elite forces gather and maintain social and economic power. Those defying its boundaries, as the Dixie Chicks did when they criticized President Bush and the Iraq invasion, have done so at their own peril. Ferrence contends that a refocus of attention to the complex realities depicted in the writings of such authors as Silas House, Fred Chappell, Janisse Ray, and Trudier Harris can help dislodge persistent stereotypes and encourage more nuanced understandings of regional identity. In a cultural moment when so-called Reality Television has turned again toward popular images of rural Americans (as in, for example, Duck Dynasty and Moonshiners), All- American Redneck reveals the way in which such images have long been manipulated for particular social goals, almost always as a means to solidify the position of the powerful at the expense of the regional. Matthew J. Ferrence is an assistant professor of English at Allegheny College
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Ferrence, Matthew J
Dewey number
810.9/355
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS173.R34
LC item number
F47 2014eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Rednecks in literature
  • American literature
  • Rednecks in popular culture
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • LITERARY COLLECTIONS
  • American literature
  • Rednecks in literature
  • Rednecks in popular culture
Label
All-American redneck : variations on an icon, from James Fenimore Cooper to the Dixie Chicks, Matthew J. Ferrence
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Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-186) and index
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online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Rednecks among us -- pt. 1. Redneck roots. Foundations -- Redneck geography -- pt. 2. Redneck unrooted. America's new redneck -- The masculine redneck -- The working-class redneck -- The minority redneck -- pt. 3. Redneck routing. Simulated redneck space -- Rednecks for president -- Redneck women -- pt. 4. Redneck resistance. Rednecks writing back -- The redneck academic -- The imposition of identity
Control code
887803740
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unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 191 pages)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781621900740
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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638011
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)887803740
Label
All-American redneck : variations on an icon, from James Fenimore Cooper to the Dixie Chicks, Matthew J. Ferrence
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-186) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Rednecks among us -- pt. 1. Redneck roots. Foundations -- Redneck geography -- pt. 2. Redneck unrooted. America's new redneck -- The masculine redneck -- The working-class redneck -- The minority redneck -- pt. 3. Redneck routing. Simulated redneck space -- Rednecks for president -- Redneck women -- pt. 4. Redneck resistance. Rednecks writing back -- The redneck academic -- The imposition of identity
Control code
887803740
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 191 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781621900740
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
638011
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)887803740

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