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The Value of Intelligence in the Southern Women’s Wardrobes The airheaded Southern Belle is practically a Jungian Archetype. Long ago, pop culture shrink-wrapped Southern women in tight wholesome packages, saddling them with ideals of propriety and pride in being the...read more
Inheriting Civil War Stuff In Joel Chandler Harris’s “The Wonderful Tar-Baby Story,” the turpentine and tar stick figure stays still and silent throughout the two-page short story. Yet, it’s the Tar-Baby’s refrain from polite speech that draws the ire of Brer Rabbit...read more
Southern Gothic Copes with Southern Shame “The Civil War was fought over states’ rights, not slavery,” my fifth-grade teacher said with her back turned to the class and the same smarty-pants tone we used on the playground. On the way home from school, I told my mother...read more
Georgia as the New Hollywood The American film industry is the machine that infuses our humdrum workaday lives with stories of chivalric love, intoxicating adventures, and uplifting dramas. The red carpet telecast of glitzy prime time awards shows, the chic low-cut...read more
The Divine and Diverse Gallery of the New Millennium T.S. Eliot, in a 1919 essay on Hamlet, defined the term objective correlative as “the only way of expressing emotion in the form of art is by finding an ‘objective correlative’; in other words, a set of objects, a...read more
Returning Southern History to the Victims It Consumed Not only is the history of slavery a controversial topic, but there’s also a generational debate over if it’s a subject of current conversations. Millennials insist they discuss slavery over happy hour...read more