A Pop South Bibliography

Cue the pumpkin spice…and the people who deride pumpkin spice. It is officially fall.

That means in just three weeks, we host our annual fall symposium. And that means, we’ve been a bit busy here at SFA World Headquarters.

Lucky for us, this year’s symposium is all about pop culture, so we have no shame in fueling our frenzy with trendy (triple espresso) seasonal concoctions.

We give you permission to do the same. Curl up on that couch with that pumpkin spice chai tea latte with extra whipped cream and caramel and enjoy all the fall feels.

And of course, you’ll be needing something to read…
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Pop South: Who’s Selling, Who’s Buying, & At What Price?


Books and Articles

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Anderson, Brett, ed. Cornbread Nation 6: The Best of Southern Food Writing. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2012.

Arellano, Gustavo. Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. New York: Scribner, 2013.

Beasley, Sandra. Count the Waves. New York: W.W. Norton, 2015.

Brock, Sean. Heritage. New York: Artisan, 2014.

Cooley, Angela Jill. To Live and Dine in Dixie: The Evolution of Urban Food Culture in the Jim Crow South. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2015.

Cox, Karen L. Dreaming of Dixie: How the South Was Created in American Popular Culture. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011.

Bullard, Gabe. “‘Where are your Bibles?’: Jesus, Kentucky and the best lattes in the South.” Salon, July 27, 2014.

Edge, John T., Elizabeth Engelhardt, and Ted Ownby, ed. The Larder: Food Studies Methods from the American South. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2013.

Engelhardt, Elizabeth. A Mess of Greens: Southern Gender and Southern Food. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2011.

Ferris, Marcie Cohen. The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015.

Fertel, Randy. A Taste for Chaos: The Art of Literary Improvisation. Spring Journal, 2015.

Gregory, James N. The Southern Diaspora: How the Great Migrations of Black and White Southerners Transformed America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005.

Harkins, Anthony. Hillbilly: A Cultural History of an American Icon. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Hitt, Jack. Bunch of Amateurs: A Search for the American Character. New York: Crown Publishing, 2012.

Huerta, Alba. “History by the Jigger.” Gravy, Summer 2015.

Hughes, Charles L. Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015.

Jakle, John A. and Keith A. Sculle. Remembering Roadside America: Preserving the Recent Past as Landscape and Place. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2011.

Laymon, Kiese. How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. Evanston, IL: Agate Publishing, 2013.

Lee, Edward. Smoke and Pickles. New York: Artisan, 2013.

Long, Rob. Conversations with My Agent (and Set Up, Joke, Set Up, Joke). New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014.

McCusker, Kristine, and Pecknold, Diane, eds. A Boy Named Sue: Gender and Country Music. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2004.

Mickler, Ernest Matthew. White Trash Cooking. Highlands, NC: Jargon Society, 1986. (Reprinted by Ten Speed Press.)

Okie, Tom. “Under the trees: The Georgia peach and the quest for labor in the twentieth century.” Agricultural History, 85.1(2011): 72-101.

Ownby, Ted. American Dreams in Mississippi: Consumers, Poverty, and Culture, 1830-1998. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999.

Parasecoli, Fabio. Bite Me: Food in Popular Culture. Oxford and New York: Berg Publishers. 2008.

Passidomo, Catarina. “Whose right to (farm) the city?: Race and food justice activism in post-Katrina New Orleans.” Agriculture and Human Values 31.3 (2014): 385-396.  

Pendarvis, Jack. Awesome. San Francisco: MacAdam-Cage, 2008. 

Randall, Alice, and Caroline Randall Williams. Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family. New York: Clarkson Potter, 2015.

Robinson, Zandria. This Ain’t Chicago: Race, Class, and Regional Identity in the Post-Soul South. Chapel Hill: UNC-Press, 2014.

Rousseau, Signe. Food Media: Celebrity Chefs and the Politics of Everyday Influence. Oxford and New York: Berg Publishers, 2012.

Rodell, Besha. 40 Ounces to Freedom.” PUNCH, October 28, 2013. 

Shields, David. Southern Provisions: The Creation and Revival of a Cuisine. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015.

Sietsema, Robert. New York in a Dozen Dishes. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.

Smith, Lora. “Beauty is a Biscuit.” Gravy, Spring 2014.

Stanonis, Anthony J., ed. Dixie Emporium: Tourism, Foodways, and Consumer Culture in the South. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2008.

Taylor, Helen. Circling Dixie: Contemporary Southern Culture through a Transatlantic Lens. Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2000.

Truong, Monique. Bitter in the Mouth. New York: Random House, 2010. 

Williams, John Alexander. Appalachia: A History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2002.

Williamson, Joel. Elvis Presley: A Southern Life. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.


Pop South: Reflections on the South in Popular Culture

Film & Television

Mashama Bailey Takes the Bus Station tells the story of Mashama Bailey as she moves back to her birthplace of Savannah, Georgia, to open a restaurant in an old Greyhound bus station. Film by Joe York.

Watch Sean Brock host season two of Mind of a Chef, a PBS show focusing on travel, history, science, and, of course, food. Available on Netflix.

Trail of the Slugburger profiles the tradition of slugburgers in Corinth, Mississippi. An SFA Greenhouse film by John McCall, Paul Chase, and Matt Stewart.

Oxford Canteen, a short film made by students at the SFA Film Bootcamp, summer 2014.