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Breaking Out of the Briar Patch: Joel Chandler Harris in Perspective
July 13, 2016 @ 9:00 am - July 29, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
The W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library has been in a semester-long collaboration with Meagan Morris and Rebecca Theus, Masters students in the History Department. Their research, culminating in an exhibit under the direction of John Giggie (History) and Kate Matheny (Hoole), takes a historiographic approach to the works of Joel Chandler Harris (1845-1908), a southern author with lasting popular appeal but a more complex literary reputation. The exhibit looks at his take on the Jim Crow South and how his tales are spread among common stories and art today.