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Dolly Parton, Gender, and Country Music


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Table of Contents

Introduction: Dolly Mythology
1. "Backwoods Barbie": Dolly Parton's Gender Performance
2. My Tennessee Mountain Home: Early Parton and Authenticity Narratives
3. Parton's Crossover and Film Stardom: The "Hillbilly Mae West"
4. Hungry Again: Reclaiming Country Authenticity Narratives
5. "Digital Dolly" and New Media Fandoms
Conclusion: Brand Evolution and Dollywood
Works Cited

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2017 Foreword INDIES Gold in Performing Arts & Music

About the Author

Leigh H. Edwards is Associate Professor of English at Florida State University. She is the author of Johnny Cash and the Paradox of American Identity and The Triumph of Reality TV: The Revolution in American Television.


Overall, Dolly Parton, Gender, and Country Music examines Parton's trailblazing career in the male-dominated world of country music through the lens of gender themes and identity, including the expansion of her media empire of music, movies, theme park, and numerous other efforts.* Communication Booknotes Quarterly *
The book is full of solid arguments for the worthiness of Parton as a scholarly subject, including the complexities and juxtapositions of her life as a media figure with an enduring career.* Music Reference Services Quarterly *
Deftly introduces the public and private Dolly Parton in this well-researched study of a cultural phenomenon.* AudioFile *

"The book moves seamlessly from the mythology of Dolly Parton and the crafting of her gender persona to the singer's performance within different types of frameworks through Hollywood, crossover markets, and the digital stage. Edwards has allowed us to look deeper into how that combination of femininity has been a platform of change for both Parton and our perception of her persona, while opening the door for exploration of how Parton's influence may help craft the careers of future performers.

" * The Journal of Popular Culture *

"A stellar exploration of how Parton deftly balanced traditional country aesthetics with her willingness to rebel against those same trappings by completely owning her image and how she performed her femininity. Thanks to thorough research that digs into Parton's personal statements across her autobiography, social media outlets, and interviews in a variety of mediums, the reader is presented with a woman completely in control of who she is, her art, and how people interact with her."

-- Adam P. Newton * *

""The new book Dolly Parton, Gender, and Country Music investigates the character behind the chart-topping musician we've come to know and love.""

* Shondaland *

"Dolly Parton, Gender, and Country Music is a timely full-length monograph on a figure who has endured on the national and international scene for more than one-half century. Fittingly, this study is authored by a leading scholar of contemporary popular culture. The keyword in Dolly Parton, Gender, and Country Music is 'transgression,' for Professor Edwards demonstrates the terms by which, over decades, Parton's personae both conform to well-established patterns of identity and simultaneously subvert them.

" -- Cecelia Tichi, Journal of Popular Music Studies

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