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Posting The Southern Thang: Representations of The South

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Duck Dynasty. Honey Boo-Boo. Paula Deen. Larry the Cable Guy. This list is just a small sampling of the current Who’s Who of the South. Once the butt of Jeff Foxworthy’s jokes, rednecks and redneck culture have seen a resurgence in recent history. This Redneck Renaissance, if you will, has re-framed the south as world-class purveyors of comfort food and enterprising duck call manufacturers. But not so long ago, people of the South were portrayed as dim-witted inbreeding trailer park residents, a negative portrayal that has a much richer history than the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. This exhibit attempts to show some of these representations, confronting the negativity and celebrating the culture of the South.

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