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Whitby, Christopher. "“The Southern Thing”: Doug marlette, identity consciousness, and the commodification of the south." Comics and the U.S. South. Eds. Brannon Costello and Qiana J. Whitted. Jackson: Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2012. 89–112. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617030185.003.0004
BibTeX citation key: Whitby2012
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Kudzu", Caricature, Comic strip, Ethnicity, Marlette. Doug, USA
Creators: Costello, Whitby, Whitted
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi (Jackson)
Collection: Comics and the U.S. South
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The nationally syndicated comic strip Kudzu, a creation of editorial cartoonist Doug Nigel Marlette, celebrated “the values, humor, and original characters still to be found in rural America.” In addition to Kudzu, Marlette produced thousands of political cartoons, numerous cartoon anthologies, and two novels. This chapter explores the ambivalence toward the evolving South in Kudzu in relation to the concept of southern authenticity within the region and in U.S. culture generally. More specifically, it considers how Marlette’s cartoons comment on the transformation of the South into a commodity utilized by a wider American culture and the various uses to which that commodity was put. The chapter shows how Marlette used Kudzu to address issues of race in the South, particularly the South’s desires to eradicate the derogatory stigma attached to “whiteness.”
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