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Author Hoppe, Graham, 1984- author
Title Gone Dollywood : Dolly Parton's mountain dream / by Graham Hoppe
Published Athens : Ohio University Press, [2018]
 Rodman Main Adult  791.068 H798    AVAILABLE
Descript 154 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Content text
Media unmediated
Carrier volume
Series New approaches to Appalachian studies
New approaches to Appalachian studies
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Mountains, parks, and nothing less than great -- Rebels, tourists, and a Tennessee mountain home -- Daisy Mae, dreams, and Dolly -- Pancakes, Paula Peen, and the Pigeon Forge Parkway -- Okra, chicken livers, and a break for dinner -- Biography, persona, and reality -- Artifice, celebrity, and learning something from Dollywood
Summary "Dolly Parton isn't just a country music superstar. She has built an empire. At the heart that empire is Dollywood, a 150-acre fantasy land that hosts three million people a year. Parton's prodigious talent and incredible celebrity has allowed her to turn her hometown into one of the most popular tourist destinations in America. The crux of Dollywood's allure is its precisely calibrated Appalachian image, itself drawn from Parton's very real hardscrabble childhood in the mountains of east Tennessee. What does Dollywood have to offer besides entertainment? What do we find if we take this remarkable place seriously? How does it both confirm and subvert outsiders' expectations of Appalachia? What does it tell us about the modern South, and in turn what does that tell us about America at large? How is regional identity molded in service of commerce, and what is the interplay of race, gender, and class when that happens? In Gone Dollywood, Graham Hoppe blends tourism studies, celebrity studies, cultural analysis, folklore, and the acute observations and personal reflections of long form journalism into an unforgettable interrogation of Southern and American identity"-- Provided by publisher
Subject Dollywood (Pigeon Forge, Tenn.)
Parton, Dolly
Amusement parks -- Tennessee
Southern States -- Social life and customs
ISBN 9780821423233

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