The Hillbilly Stereotype

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					 The Hillbilly Stereotype:
         History and Cultural Impact

                                      Summer Term (Session 2) Only:
                                                         4956 / 5956

                                        July 11 - August 12, 2011
                                            M, T, W, R : 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
                                                          Nicks Hall, Room 225

Course Description:

       his course will explore the “hillbilly stereotype”--its history and its impact on
       Appalachian, American, and world cultures--from a range of disciplinary perspectives
       (history, social sciences, geography, folklore, music, literature, film, etc.). In this course,
we will investigate the socioeconomic, political, ethnic, and religious factors that led to the
creation and proliferation of the hillbilly stereotype, and we will identify and analyze the ways
in which the hillbilly stereotype has been reinterpreted by folk, popular, and elite cultures
within Appalachia, across the U.S., and around the world. A major goal of this course will be to
understand how and why Appalachian people have at times protested the hillbilly stereotype
as being a negative outgrowth of cultural misunderstanding and political marginalization,
while at other times they have viewed the stereotype as being a marker of cultural identity
and regional pride. Topics under discussion in this course will be illustrated through the use of
multimedia (readings, videos, recordings, still photography, etc.).

Instructor: Dr. Ted Olson
Contact at: or            
PHONE: 423-439-4379
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