Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Committee Chair

Kemishia Randle


The purpose of this thesis is to bring attention to the continued strong stereotypes against those who live in the southern region of the United States, especially those living in the deep south. Using literary examples from Southern authors Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God), Delores Philips (The Darkest Child), and Dorothy Allison (Bastard Out of Carolina), as well as cartoons, movies, and the news media, this thesis stresses the importance of educators teaching how to apply critical analysis to literary works and other forms of multi-media in order to negate preconceived notions of Southern people.

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