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408 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 30 illus., 2 tables, bibl., index

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

New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

ISBN  978-0-8078-5948-3
Published: May 2009

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

Volume 13: Gender

Edited By Nancy Bercaw and Ted Ownby

Charles Reagan Wilson, General Editor

This volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture reflects the dramatic increase in research on the topic of gender over the past thirty years, revealing that even the most familiar subjects take on new significance when viewed through the lens of gender. The wide range of entries explores how people have experienced, understood, and used concepts of womanhood and manhood in all sorts of obvious and subtle ways.

The volume features 113 articles, 65 of which are entirely new for this edition. Thematic articles address subjects such as sexuality, respectability, and paternalism and investigate the role of gender in broader subjects, including the civil rights movement, country music, and sports. Topical entries highlight individuals such as Oprah Winfrey, the Grimké sisters, and Dale Earnhardt, as well as historical events such as the capture of Jefferson Davis in a woman's dress, the Supreme Court's decision in Loving v. Virginia, and the Memphis sanitation workers' strike, with its slogan, "I AM A MAN." Bringing together scholarship on gender and the body, sexuality, labor, race, and politics, this volume offers new ways to view big questions in southern history and culture.

About the Author

Nancy Bercaw is associate professor of history and southern studies at the University of Mississippi. She is the author of Gendered Freedoms: Race, Rights, and the Politics of Household in the Delta, 1861-1875. Ted Ownby is professor of history and southern studies at the University of Mississippi and author of Subduing Satan: Recreation, Religion, and Manhood in the Rural South, 1865-1920 (UNC Press). Charles Reagan Wilson is Kelly Gene Cook Sr. Chair in History and professor of southern studies at the University of Mississippi.


"Just as the original volume led to greater understanding and more in-depth analysis of southern culture, this volume will continue to fuel the academic engine that sheds light on 'the South,' life in the region, and the myths that surround both."
--The North Carolina Historical Review

"[The essays] are rich resources through which readers can acquire both a fundamental and advanced understanding. . . . The essays in the volume are, in general, written and edited well, and all entries include suggestions for further reading."
--Feminist Collections

"Gender pervades the southern past and present. From patriarchy to southern belle, mammy to NASCAR dad, Thomas Dixon Jr. to Betty Mae Jumper, and Loving v. Virginia to Designing Women, gender has greatly influenced our constructions of 'South' and 'southern.' The new and exciting essays in this volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture remind us that gender continues to be a powerful force in both southern culture and historiography."
--Craig Thompson Friend, North Carolina State University, editor of Southern Masculinity: Perspectives on Manhood in the South since Reconstruction and coeditor of Southern Manhood: Perspectives on Masculinity in the Old South

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