Date of Award

8-11-2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Gina Caison

Second Advisor

Janet Gabler-Hover

Third Advisor

Scott Heath

Abstract

A common misconception about the southern region of the United States is that any one part of the region can stand alone as an accurate representation of the territory as a whole. To refute any notion of a homogeneous South and demonstrate the dynamic nature of an individual or community identity, I examine the history, song lyrics, performances, and activism of the folk-rock duo the Indigo Girls and their hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. This project applies the theories of locational feminism found in Susan Stanford Friedman’s Mappings and New Southern Studies in Tara McPherson’s text Reconstructing Dixie. Analyzing the biographies, song lyrics, performances, and activism of the Indigo Girls as an archive of southern literature allows us to understand the fluid, multiplex nature of regional identity and view Atlanta as one “borderland” in a heterogeneous U.S. South.

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