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Encyclopedia of Southern culture /
Charles Reagan Wilson & William Ferris, coeditors ; Ann J. Abadie & Mary L. Hart, associate editors.
imprint
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1989.
description
xxi, 1634 p. : ill.
ISBN
0807818232 (alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1989.
isbn
0807818232 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
234698
 
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
A Look Inside
Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Dartmouth Medal, USA, 1990 : Won
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 1989-07-01:
Defining the South as existing as a ``state of mind both within and beyond its geographical boundaries,'' and culture as a series of ``historically transmitted pattern of meanings embodied in symbols, a system of inherited conceptions expressed in symbolic forms,'' this monumental reference work analyzes in both broad strokes and minute detail all things southern. In some 24 sections every aspect of southern culture is explored, dissected, and described, from agriculture to women's life. Each section includes an overview essay, alphabetically arranged thematic articles, and brief topical/biographical sketches. All articles are signed, and the cast of contributors numbers in the hundreds. While the sections on literature and music are among the longest, there are excellent sections on black life, folk life, social class, violence, etc. Two of the most fascinating, ``history and manners'' and the ``mythic south'' discuss all things quintessentially southern--barbeque, chitterlings, fried chicken, mint juleps, and moon pies--or viewed as southern--good old boys and girls, moonlight-and-magnolias, and rednecks. Biographical sketches number 250 living and deceased and include a cross section of representative figures from Daniel Boone to Elvis Presley. A worthy complement to the Encyclopedia of Southern History (LJ 4/1/80), this is a stunning achievement in the field of regional reference works and bargain priced to boot.-- Brian E. Coutts, Western Kentucky Univ. Lib., Bowling Green (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 1989-11:
Wilson and Ferris have produced an extraordinary review of the South. They vividly evoke the richly varied southern culture through an exceptionally thorough historical and contemporary examination. Southerners will readily see reflections of their own memories and discover phenomena beyond their personal experience. But while pleasantly nostalgic, this encyclopedia is definitely a scholarly work, presenting a strong and unique compilation of research. Obviously, the extensive, expert-driven preparation time of the editors was well spent. Articles are arranged in thematic sections, offering overview essays followed by descriptions of representative people, places, and things. Organization and content are suited to topical study; detailed indexing assists users looking for specific information. Certainly in a work of this size, a few articles could be stronger. Moreover, the emphasis of coverage, at times, seems questionable. For example, in the "Agriculture" chapter, approximately three pages are devoted to country stores, while the section on crops is one page. This allocation of space may be appropriate for an encyclopedia of "culture," but perhaps greater editorial control could have been exercised with contributed articles, which vary in writing style. Nevertheless, the encyclopedia is an excellent description of life in the American South. -T. L. Wesley, Northern Kentucky University
Reviews
Review Quotes
A discriminating guide to Dixology.Esquire
A discriminating guide to Dixology. Esquire
An invaluable piece of work.Hodding Carter, Washington Post
An invaluable piece of work. Hodding Carter, Washington Post
As definitive a survey of the South as could be wished for.Economist
As definitive a survey of the South as could be wished for. Economist
The Encyclopedia shimmers with information about a region veiled in legend.Smithsonian
The Encyclopedia shimmers with information about a region veiled in legend. Smithsonian
There are treasures within that make the book a favorite for readers above or below the Mason-Dixon line.Newsweek
There are treasures within that make the book a favorite for readers above or below the Mason-Dixon line. Newsweek
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Library Journal, July 1989
Choice, November 1989
Booklist, December 1989
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Summaries
Long Description
The American South is a geographical entity, a historical fact, a place in the imagination, and the homeland of an array of Americans who consider themselves southerners. The region is often shrouded in romance and myth, but its realities are as intriguing, as intricate, as its legends.TheEncyclopedia of Southern Cultureis "the first attempt ever" notesU.S. News & World Report, "to describe every aspect of a region's life and thought, the impact of its history and policies, its music and literature, its manners and myths, even the iced tea that washes down its catfish and cornbread."There are many Souths, many southerners. The region's fundamental uniqueness, in fact, lies in its peculiar combination of cultural traits, a somewhat curious, often elusive blend created by blacks and whites who have lived together for more than 300 years. In telling their stories, theEncyclopedia of Southern Cultureranges from grand historical themes to the whimsical; from the arts and high culture (William Faulkner and Leontyne Price) to folk culture (quilts, banjos, and grits) to popular culture (Gilley's andGone With the Wind).TheEncyclopedia's definition of the South is a cultural one: the South is found wherever southern culture is found. Although the focus is on the eleven states of the former Confederacy, this volume also encompasses southern outposts in midwestern and middle-Atlantic border states, even the southern pockets of Chicago, Detroit, and Bakersfield.To foster a deeper understanding of the South's cultural patterns, the editors have organized this reference book around twenty-four thematic sections, including history, religion, folklore, language, art and architecture, recreation, politics, the mythic South, urbanization, literature, music, violence, law, and media. The life experiences of southerners are discussed in sections on black life, ethnic life, and women's life. Throughout, the broad goal is to identify the forces that have supported either the reality or the illusion of the southern way of life--people, places, ideas, institutions, events, symbols, rituals, and values.TheEncyclopedia of Southern Culturewas developed by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. Contributors to the volume include historians, literary critics, sociologists, anthropologists, geographers, linguists, theologians, folklorists, architects, ecologists, lawyers, university presidents, newspaper reporters, magazine writers, and novelists.
Main Description
The American South is a geographical entity, a historical fact, a place in the imagination, and the homeland of an array of Americans who consider themselves southerners. The region is often shrouded in romance and myth, but its realities are as intriguing, as intricate, as its legends. The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture is "the first attempt ever" notes U.S. News & World Report , "to describe every aspect of a region's life and thought, the impact of its history and policies, its music and literature, its manners and myths, even the iced tea that washes down its catfish and cornbread." There are many Souths, many southerners. The region's fundamental uniqueness, in fact, lies in its peculiar combination of cultural traits, a somewhat curious, often elusive blend created by blacks and whites who have lived together for more than 300 years. In telling their stories, the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture ranges from grand historical themes to the whimsical; from the arts and high culture (William Faulkner and Leontyne Price) to folk culture (quilts, banjos, and grits) to popular culture (Gilley's and Gone With the Wind ). The Encyclopedia 's definition of the South is a cultural one: the South is found wherever southern culture is found. Although the focus is on the eleven states of the former Confederacy, this volume also encompasses southern outposts in midwestern and middle-Atlantic border states, even the southern pockets of Chicago, Detroit, and Bakersfield. To foster a deeper understanding of the South's cultural patterns, the editors have organized this reference book around twenty-four thematic sections, including history, religion, folklore, language, art and architecture, recreation, politics, the mythic South, urbanization, literature, music, violence, law, and media. The life experiences of southerners are discussed in sections on black life, ethnic life, and women's life. Throughout, the broad goal is to identify the forces that have supported either the reality or the illusion of the southern way of life--people, places, ideas, institutions, events, symbols, rituals, and values. The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture was developed by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. Contributors to the volume include historians, literary critics, sociologists, anthropologists, geographers, linguists, theologians, folklorists, architects, ecologists, lawyers, university presidents, newspaper reporters, magazine writers, and novelists.

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