Undergraduate and graduate students in the American Studies course (AMST 489) “Writing Material Culture” chose southern things related to Foodways in connection with the 2015-2017 university-wide academic theme, “Food for All: Local & Global Perspectives.”

Our experience is shaped by the material world around us. The South is found in objects, foods, landmarks, and environments that bridge everyday lived experience with a broader shared imaginary of this place, its past, and its future. From the utilitarian teato the extraordinary—a scoured skillet, a worn shuttle, Scarlett O’Hara’s green dress, cotillion gloves worn once, teacakes baked with love and desire, Tennsy Mama’s poundcake—Southern things shape the nuanced substance of everyday life in the most cherished and reviled of American regions. Taken from the shelf or out of the kitchen, we seek to examine the singularity of these things, revealing unexpected encounters with a hidden iconography of the South Volume 4 of Southern Things is a compilation of insight, poetic vision, and savoring the South. Written, edited, and produced by the seminar editorial team in Writing Material Culture in American Studies and Folklore at UNC at Chapel Hill.

Under the direction of editor-in-chief Dr. Bernard L. Herman in fall 2015, students completed Issue 4 (Foodways).  Read with delight!