Wish I Was In Dixie
So is there a quintessential movie about the American South? One you'd recommend to your visitors from New Zealand who might have expressed an interest in the land of kudzu and barbecue? "To Kill a Mockingbird" maybe? "Gone With the Wind"? "Deliverance"?
The question came to mind when I was writing the obituary for Jack T. Kirby, a historian of the American South who died Aug. 6 in St. Augustine, Fla. (The obit will be in tomorrow's Post.) In one of his best-known books, "Media-Made Dixie" (1978), he argues that what many Americans think when they think about the South is nurtured by movie cliches and stereotypes.
"We need some new tropes," he told the New York Times. "I think what we're doing is making Northern white folks feel good about themselves by telling the same story over and over again about the South."
The Times quote was from 1997. Have any new tropes appeared in the dozen years since? Any new stories?
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Posted by: MU76 | August 17, 2009 9:51 PM