Hillbillyland: What the Movies Did to the Mountains and What the Mountains Did to the Movies by J. W. Williamson (review)

Hillbillyland: What the Movies Did to the Mountains and What the Mountains Did to the Movies by J. W. Williamson (University of North Carolina Press, 1995)

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Hillbillyland: What the Movies Did to the Mountains and What the Mountains Did to the Movies by J. W. Williamson (review)

by James C. Wann
Southern Cultures, Vol. 4, No. 2: Summer 1998

University of North Carolina Press, 1995

Some dozen years in the making, this thoroughly researched (800 films) yet highly readable treatise draws on J. W. Williamson’s long-time fascination with hillbilliana, and on the long-running “Hollywood Appalachia” class he teaches at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. He knows his subject.