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Critical Studies of Southern Place

A Reader

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Edited By William M. Reynolds

Critical Studies of Southern Place: A Reader critically investigates and informs the construction of Southernness, Southern identity, and the South past and present. It promotes and expands the notion of a Southern epistemology. Authors from across the South write about such diverse topics as Southern working-class culture; LGBT issues in the South; Southern music; Southern reality television; race and ethnicity in the South; religion in the South; sports in the South; and Southernness. How do these multiple interpretations of popular culture within critical conceptualizations of place enhance our understandings of education? Critical Studies of Southern Place investigates the connections between the critical examination of place-specific culture and its multiple connections with education and pedagogy. This important book fills a significant gap in the scholarly work on the ramifications of place. Readers will be able to center the importance of place in their own scholarship and cultural work as well as be able to think deeply about how Southern place affects us all.
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Chapter Twenty-Two: Treasures and Ghosts: In the South, Nothing Is Just Black and White

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TWENTY-TWO

Treasures and Ghosts: In the South, Nothing Is Just Black and White

SHIRLEY R. STEINBERG

I became somewhat Southernized more than two decades ago when I picked up the edited proofs of a chapter written by Joe Kincheloe, “Willie Morris and the Southern Curriculum: Emancipating the Southern Ghosts” (Kincheloe, 1991). As a new resident of the South, and a Jew, I could not make sense of my new place. Joe and I had just moved in together, and he was determined not only to show me “10,000 shades of Appalachian green,” but also to teach me the South. This chapter was my introduction into understanding Southern place. Consider this essay an ode to the South, Willie Morris, and Joe Lyons Kincheloe, Jr.

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