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Hillbillyland: What the Movies Did to the Mountains and What the Mountains Did to the Movies
The stereotypical hillbilly figure in popular culture provokes a range of responses, from bemused affection for Ma and Pa Kettle to outright fear of the mountain men in Deliverance. In Hillbillyland, J. W. Williamson investigates why hillbilly images are so pervasive in our culture and what purposes they serve. He has mined more than 800 movies, from early nickelodeon ...more
Published June 30th 1995 by University of North Carolina Press
(first published June 1st 1995)
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A very good look at the how the hillbilly/mountain man image is presented in movies and TV. Williamson covers multiple different stereotypes, including the hillbilly as clown/idiot, the dangerous mountain man (e.g., Deliverance), the proud rebel (Davy Crockett, at least in fiction), the hillbilly woman (proud and independent until she's tamed by film's end) and the "mama's boy" (the innocent youth who proves his manhood by finally fighting—while Williamson doesn't mention it, Kenny Rogers' ...more