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UNC-Chapel Hill AMST 211 - Defining Southern Aesthetics: Spot, toads, fatbacks and other Southern fish

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AMST 211 1nd Edition Lecture 7 Outline of Current Lecture 1. Aesthetics 2. Balance and Comportment3. How would you illustrate or make visible an underlying notion of Southern aesthetics? Current LectureDefining Southern Aesthetics: Spot, toads, fatbacks and other Southern fishThink about aesthetics as balance and proportion of being in the world.This establishes relationships between people and people, people and things, etc. This is something that is experiential and broadly understood. 1. Balance and proportion of being in the world. 2. Comportment: endless states of negotiation within Southern imaginaries. How aesthetics actually work. What are the measures? Notion of discernment: idea of judgement. Observing values, failures, etc. The ability to render or assign value on the basis of knowledge. Notion of taste: problematic. Taste is the idea of preference that is linked to something that is curatorial and sorrel. Body of knowledge that is possessed an brought into play through acts of judgement. Our task is to lay out framework for southern aesthetics. Create an exhibitionHow would you illustrate or make visible an underlying notion of Southern aesthetics? Fashion exhibition: Sunday best vs. Work Clothes. The ugly would be conforming. Pretty Southern Belle: exposing corset and conforming to one taste to fit one aesthetic. Guest in Room: hospitality vs. hostility. Musical Production: bluegrass and country music versus slave spirituals. Celebration and oppression. These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor’s lecture. GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes, not as a substitute.Southern Front Porch: long driveway, moss trees, versus Sharecroppers porch. Conversations that are similar, but differ depending on which front porch you sit. Museum: show case plantation home versus slave quarters. Family and Relationships: good meals, cool breezes. Southern aesthetics go back to the notion of power. Series of Photographs: relationships between people to people, people to food, and people to nature. Wedding: white servers vs. black cooks. Southern Churches: hypocrasy and religion. Inside and outside. Southern Food: obesityTaste or flavor of place is teroir. This is also about authenticity and connection. What is consumed at a meal and how is it consumed? Demotic: how things relate to common people, ordinary speech, colloquialQuotidian: recurring, mundane, repetitive. Everyday: the normal, commonplace, carries the connotations of cultural and social practices that are unarticulated or unquestioned. Everyday concerns itself with what is outside of self conscious awareness. Southern Coasts: Fishery is an economic history. Shrimp, oysters, clams, crabs. Series of cultural practices from catching to


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