Fall 2010 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Ring, Natalie
Discipline and Number
HUHI 6346 Section 501
M Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
New Directions in Southern Studies

Description of Course:

The aim of this graduate course is to think about the ways in which scholarship on the U.S. South has begun to push the conventional boundaries of the discipline. The field of southern history has been evolving rapidly in the past decade and older conceptual paradigms are now being questioned and/or replaced by new ones. In this class students will consider how the use of race, gender, sexuality, place, and transnationalism as categories of historical analysis have shifted the field of southern history and pushed scholars to reevaluate more traditional ways of thinking about the South.

Required Texts:

*James Cobb, Away Down South: A History of Southern Identity
*Crystal Feimster, Southern Horrors: Women and the Politics of Rape and Lynching
*Tara MacPherson, Race, Gender, and Nostalgia in the American South
*John Howard, Men Like That: A Southern Queer History
*Timothy Tyson, Radio Free Dixie: Robert F. Williams and the Roots of Black Power
*Joseph Crespino, In Search of Another Country: Mississippi and the Conservative Counterrevolution
*Harry L. Watson and Larry J. Griffin, Southern Cultures: The Fifteenth Anniversary Reader
*Pete Daniel, Lost Revolutions: The South in the 1950s
*Leigh Anne Duck, The Nation’s Region: Southern Modernism, Segregation, and U.S. Nationalism
*Selected articles and online sites.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Facilitating class discussion one week during the semester, participation in class, and a 15-20 page annotated bibliography on a topic chosen by the student (which includes submission of proposal and research outside of class). Attendance is mandatory.

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