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Barbecue : A Southern Cultural Icon

Dove, Laura Claire
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Dove, Laura Claire
Advisor
Perdue, Jr., Charles L
Howard, Alan
Abstract
Barbecue is a humble foodstuff that has somehow attained the status of a "Southern cultural icon." This project will explore the nature and history of barbecue in the Southern United States, and analyze the reasons why a type of slow-cooked pork is emblematic of what makes the South distinctively Southern. Barbecue, along with its history, rites and rituals, is a symbol of all that is right in the South. A respect for tradition, the value of a job done carefully and well, the variety of styles in the South that are all distinctively "Southern," and a history of interracial and inter-class mingling and festival are those qualities which make the South as a region something worth guarding and preserving. Barbecue is emblematic of all of these traits. Barbecue means recipes passed down through generations, the craftsmanship and skill of the "pit men" who prepare the meat, a tradition of celebration regardless of race or class, and the cherished foodways of the South. In examining barbecue, I am attempting to examine the best qualities of being S9uthern in America.  This project is divided into four main segments of text. The sections on the History of Barbecue and Barbecue By Region are descriptive in scope. These first two sections place barbecue in the larger perspective of Southern history and geography. Next, I examine the nature of Southern foodways with particular respect to barbecue. This section explains why barbecue is an important food in the South, and why barbecue has taken hold in the Southern United States and not (to a significant degree) anywhere else. In Barbecue: A Southern Icon, the concept of barbecue as a quintessential Southern icon is examined. Its place in the collective consciousness of the South, as manifested in mores, literature, and music, is analyzed. After you have read all of this analysis of barbecue as a phenomenon, you will probably crave some authentic Southern barbecue. The archive of menus and recipes provides some signposts for buying or purchasing some good barbecue, and the bibliography contains some scholarly works as well as books which profile great barbecue restaurants.  
Language
English
Date Received
20160913
Published
University of Virginia, Department of English, MA (Master of Arts), 1995
Published Date
1995-08-31
Degree
MA (Master of Arts)
Notes
Originally published on the XRoads site for the UVA American Studies program. Years range from 1995-2005. Content is captured at the level of functionality available on the date of capture.
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
Related Resources
http://wayback.archive-it.org/5005/20141106174143/http://xroads.virginia.edu/~MA95/dove/bbq.html
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