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The Resource Finding purple America : the South and the future of American cultural studies, Jon Smith

Finding purple America : the South and the future of American cultural studies, Jon Smith

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Finding purple America : the South and the future of American cultural studies
Title
Finding purple America
Title remainder
the South and the future of American cultural studies
Statement of responsibility
Jon Smith
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "The new southern studies has had an uneasy relationship with both American studies and the old southern studies. In Finding Purple America, Jon Smith, one of the founders of the new movement, locates the source of that unease in the fundamentally antimodern fantasies of both older fields. The old southern studies tends to view modernity as a threat to a mystic southern essence--a dangerous outside force taking the form of everything from a "bulldozer revolution" to a "national project of forgetting." Since the rise of the New Americanists, American studies has also imagined itself to be in a permanent crisis mode, seeking to affiliate the field and the national essence with youth countercultures that sixties leftists once imagined to be "the future." Such fantasies, Smith argues, have resulted in an old southern studies that cannot understand places like Birmingham or Atlanta (or cities at all) and an American studies that cannot understand red states. Most Americans live in neither a comforting, premodern Mayberry nor an exciting, postmodern Los Angeles but rather in what postcolonialists call "alternative modernities" and "hybrid cultures" whose relationships to past and future, to stability and change, are complex and ambivalent. Looking at how "the South" has played in global metropolitan pop culture since the nineties and at how southern popular and high culture alike have, in fact, repeatedly embraced urban modernity, Smith masterfully weaves together postcolonial theory, cultural studies, Lacanian psychoanalysis, and, surprisingly, marketing theory to open up the inconveniently in-between purple spaces and places that Americanist and southernist fantasies about "who we are" have so long sought to foreclose."--Publisher's website
  • "The new southern studies has had an uneasy relationship with both American studies and the old southern studies. In Finding Purple America, Jon Smith, one of the founders of the new movement, locates the source of that unease in the fundamentally antimodern fantasies of both older fields. The old southern studies tends to view modernity as a threat to a mystic southern essence--a dangerous outside force taking the form of everything from a "bulldozer revolution" to a "national project of forgetting." Since the rise of the New Americanists, American studies has also imagined itself to be in a permanent crisis mode, seeking to affiliate the field and the national essence with youth countercultures that sixties leftists once imagined to be "the future." Such fantasies, Smith argues, have resulted in an old southern studies that cannot understand places like Birmingham or Atlanta (or cities at all) and an American studies that cannot understand red states. Most Americans live in neither a comforting, premodern Mayberry nor an exciting, postmodern Los Angeles but rather in what postcolonialists call "alternative modernities" and "hybrid cultures" whose relationships to past and future, to stability and change, are complex and ambivalent. Looking at how "the South" has played in global metropolitan pop culture since the nineties and at how southern popular and high culture alike have, in fact, repeatedly embraced urban modernity, Smith masterfully weaves together postcolonial theory, cultural studies, Lacanian psychoanalysis, and, surprisingly, marketing theory to open up the inconveniently in-between purple spaces and places that Americanist and southernist fantasies about "who we are"have so long sought to foreclose."--Publisher's website
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Smith, Jon
Dewey number
975.07
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
F208.5
LC item number
.S65 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
The new southern studies
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Southern States
  • Southern States
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Finding purple America : the South and the future of American cultural studies, Jon Smith
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
What does an American studies scholar want? -- Songs that move hipsters to tears : Johnny Cash and the new melancholy -- German lessons : on getting over a lost supremacy -- Our turn : on Gen X, wearing vintage, and Neko Case -- Two ties and a pistol : Faulkner, metropolitan fashion, and "the South" -- Flying without wings : race, civic branding, and identity politics in two twenty-first-century American cities -- In the garden
Control code
819717575
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xv, 176 pages
Isbn
9780820333212
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012047746
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)819717575
Label
Finding purple America : the South and the future of American cultural studies, Jon Smith
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
What does an American studies scholar want? -- Songs that move hipsters to tears : Johnny Cash and the new melancholy -- German lessons : on getting over a lost supremacy -- Our turn : on Gen X, wearing vintage, and Neko Case -- Two ties and a pistol : Faulkner, metropolitan fashion, and "the South" -- Flying without wings : race, civic branding, and identity politics in two twenty-first-century American cities -- In the garden
Control code
819717575
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xv, 176 pages
Isbn
9780820333212
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012047746
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)819717575

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