Southern Cultures: The Help
Volume 20: Number 1 – Spring 2014
Table of Contents
by Harry L. Watson
"Lauded for her endless gifts and selfless generosity, Mammy is
summoned from the kitchen to refute the critics of southern race
relations; cruelly circumscribed and taken for granted, she
silently confirms them all."
The Divided Reception of The Help
by Suzanne W. Jones
The more one examines the reception of The Help
, the less
one is able to categorize the reception as divided between blacks
and whites or academics and general readers or those who have
worked as domestics and those who haven't.
Black Women's Memories and The Help
by Valerie Smith
"Cultural products—literary texts, television series, films,
music, theatre, etc.—that look back on the Movement tell us
at least as much about how contemporary culture views its own
racial politics as they do about the past they purport to
represent, often conveying the fantasy that the United States has
triumphed over and transcended its racial past."
"A Stake in the Story": Kathryn Stockett's The Help
Douglas's Can't Quit You, Baby
, and the Politics of Southern
by Susan V. Donaldson
"Like The Help
, Can't Quit You, Baby
focuses on the
layers of habit, antipathy, resentment, suspicion, attachment, and
silence linking white employer and black employee, but in ways that
are far more unsettling."
"We Ain't Doin' Civil Rights": The Life and Times of a Genre, as
Told in The Help
by Allison Graham
"Perhaps because the modern Civil Rights Movement and television
news came of age together, the younger medium was destined to
become an iconographic feature of the civil rights genre."
Every Child Left Behind: Minny's Many Invisible Children in The
by Kimberly Wallace-Sanders
"The question arises: wouldn't the mammy characters be rendered
more believable in their altruism if it extended beyond white
children to all children?"
Kathryn Stockett's Postmodern First Novel
by Pearl McHaney
"Pleasure and anger are dependent on one another for heightened
authenticity. Discussing The Help
with delight and outrage
seems just the right action."
Not Forgotten: Twenty-Five Years Out from Telling Memories
Conversations Between Mary Yelling and Susan Tucker
compiled and introduced by Susan Tucker
"I am glad she used what the women told us and made something
different from it. She made people listen. I know it is fiction,
and I know not everyone liked it, but she made people not forget.
What more can you want?"
Prayer for My Children
poetry by Kate Daniels
About the Contributors
is published quarterly (spring, summer,
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journal is sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill's Center for the Study of the American South.