My name is Karen Cox and I’m a history professor who teaches courses on southern history and culture and I’d like to think I’m an astute observer of popular culture, especially representations of the American South. Since I am a native of West Virginia, moved to North Carolina when I was 12, and lived in Mississippi for six years, I feel confident that I recognize a southern stereotype when I see one.
I first began blogging for UNC Press to help promote my book, Dreaming of Dixie: How the South Was Created in American Popular Culture. This book focuses on the period from the late 19thc. through World War II, but my interests extend to the present day. Therefore, Pop South.
Pop South is blog that examines how the American South is, and has been, represented in popular culture. It covers topics that include, but are not limited to, advertising, cartoons, movies, music, television, sports, and various news media. Occasionally, there will be guest blog posts, because even I can’t keep up.
*All opinions represented in this blog are mine and do not represent the views of my place of employment.