Dr. Jennie Lightweis-Goff is a professor at the University of Mississippi, specializing in American and Southern literature, along with feminist theory and urban studies. Her writing is being featured in the new book, Small-Screen Souths, about representations of the South in television. The collection is available for purchase through the LSU Press here. In the video below, Dr. Lightweis-Goff talks about her essay, “Solid South, Fluid Souths – The Wire, Tremé, and David Simon’s Urbanism,” which looks at the Southern identity on HBO and in the city setting. The video is also available on the English Department YouTube page here.
“As the first collection dedicated to the relationship between television and the U.S. South, Small-Screen Souths addresses the growing interest in how mass culture represents the region and influences popular perceptions of it. In sixteen essays divided into three thematic sections, scholars of southern culture analyze representations of the South in a variety of television shows spanning the history of the medium, from classic network programs such as The Andy Griffith Show and Designing Women to some of today’s popular franchises like Duck Dynasty and The Walking Dead.
Congratulations to Dr. Lightweis-Goff!