Spring 2014 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Ring, Natalie
Discipline and Number
HUHI 7313 Section 501
T Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Idea of the American South

Description of Course:


The aim of this course is to explore the history and literature of the idea of the South as it has developed since the Civil War. Special attention will be given to the field of southern history and what has been called the "new southern studies." Drawing on a range of works, including primary and secondary sources, this class will explore such themes as regionalism, nationalism, race, gender, identity, culture, modernity, and trasnnationalism.

Required Texts:

James Cobb, Away Down South: A History of Southern Identity ISBN # 978-0195315813

W. J. Cash, Mind of the South, ISBN # 978-0679736479

John Smith, Finding Purple America, ISBN # 978-0820345260

William Faulkner, Absalom! Absalom! ISBN # 978-0679732181

Lillian Smith, Killers of the Dream ISBN # 978-0393311600

Karen Cox, Dreaming of Dixie: How the South Was Created in American Popular Culture, ISBN # 978-1469609867

Tara MacPherson, Reconstructing Dixie: Race Gender, and Nostalgia in the Imagined South ISBN # 978-0822330400

W. Fitzhugh Brundage, The Southern Past: A Clash of Race and Memory ISBN # 978-0674027213

W.E.B. DuBois, Souls of Black Folk ISBN # 978-0486280417

David Blight, Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory ISBN # 978-0674008199

V. S. Naipul, A Turn in the South, ISBN # 978-0679724889

An assortment of articles, chapters, and documents to be outlined on the syllabus.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:


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