Appalachian Stereotypes: Cultural History, Gender, and Sexual Rhetoric

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Abstract

Stereotypes of Appalachians have circulated in American visual culture for nearly two centuries. Indeed , many scholars have analyzed the methods and meanings behind these images , articulating the ebbs and peaks of their popularity over time. Yet, the import of stereotypes as signs of gender difference and hyper-heterosexuality still requires further attention. What is the epistemological history of the hyper-sexualized Appalachian woman and the deviant Appalachian man? What kinds of images circulate this sexual rhetoric? From the popularity of the formation of the ''hillbilly'' archetype to the television and film character Daisy Duke's status as a sex icon, this paper examines the sexual rhetoric of Appalachian stereotypes and their participation in the formation of regional and national notions of masculinity and femininity

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  • Carissa Massey

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