Inventing that "Old-Timey" Style: Southern Authenticity in O Brother, Where Art Thou?

  title={Inventing that "Old-Timey" Style: Southern Authenticity in O Brother, Where Art Thou?},
  author={Sean Chadwell},
  journal={Journal of Popular Film and Television},
  pages={3 - 9}
  • Sean Chadwell
  • Published 2004
  • Art
  • Journal of Popular Film and Television
  • The author argues that the writers and directors of O Brother, Where Art Thou? address the idea of cultural authenticity in several ways—most notably in their use of diegetic and nondiegetic music—to suggest that the idea of the cultural heritage of "the South" is itself constantly evolving and constantly new. The discussion focuses primarily on the music in the film and the way in which the discourse authenticating this music as "old time" manages to elide the connections between African… CONTINUE READING
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    A student of bluegrass fiddle, SEAN CHADWELL is an assistant professor of English at Texas A&M International University, where he teaches American literature and film studies
    • His current research focuses on the uses of narrative and history in Thomas Pynchon's Mason and Dixon