The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Volume 4: Myth, Manners, and Memory

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This volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture addresses the cultural, social, and intellectual terrain of myth, manners, and historical memory in the American South. Evaluating how a distinct southern identity has been created, recreated, and performed through memories that blur the line between fact and fiction, this volume paints a broad, multihued picture of the region seen through the lenses of belief and cultural practice.

The 95 entries here represent a substantial revision and expansion of the material on historical memory and manners in the original edition. They address such matters as myths and memories surrounding the Old South and the Civil War; stereotypes and traditions related to the body, sexuality, gender, and family (such as debutante balls and beauty pageants); institutions and places associated with historical memory (such as cemeteries, monuments, and museums); and specific subjects and objects of myths, including the Confederate flag and Graceland. Together, they offer a compelling portrait of the "southern way of life" as it has been imagined, lived, and contested.

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"From Civil War monuments to African influences on southern language and music, and from the plantation to postmodernism, this fascinating volume covers a lot of territory. It provides an invaluable resource for anyone wanting to know just how the South is different, and how many different Souths there are. Nobody interested in the region should be without it."--Richard Gray FBA, author of Writing the South: Ideas of an American Region and Southern Aberrations: Writers of the American South and the Problems of Regionalism

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Charles Reagan Wilson is director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi and coeditor, with William Ferris, of the original Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.

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