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Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina
Moonshine in Literature and Film

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POSTPONED TO SUMMER 2015

 

Examine representations of moonshining in popular culture, focusing on how they have influenced perceptions of the American South.

 

The Program

In this course, we will examine representations of moonshining in popular culture, focusing on how they have influenced perceptions of the American South. In addition, we will also look at how depictions of moonshiners engage with issues of class, gender, and "otherness." Throughout the course, we will read, discuss, and respond to a variety of texts, including short stories, films, music, television series, novels, and nonfiction. We will also situate assigned texts in dialogue with each other to attempt to reconcile moonshining's contradictory identity as an illegal act and regional source of pride. The course will culminate with a study away experience to several past and current moonshining hubs in the south throughout Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina.

 

Learning Objectives

  • To hone the skills of critical analysis, writing, and reading.
  • To interrogate stereotypes and their relationships to the identities of marginalized groups.
  • To make cultural ties between texts in a variety of media.To examine the relationship between actual places and their representations in popular culture

 

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Eligibility

The Program Leaders may determine other eligibility requirements, but at a minimum, all applicants need to meet these requirements: 


  • Good academic standing (Undergraduate Catalog p.27; Graduate Catalog p.30)
  • Registered for course.
  • 18 years of age or older at time of departure (parent/guardian permission for anyone under 18 at time of departure).
  • No current disciplinary sanctions as verified by Judicial Affairs.
  • Full payment prior to departure.
  • Completion of all pre-departure orientations.
  • Permission of instructor.
  • Complete Study Away online application.  

***  Students under the age of 21 are NOT allowed to drink or sample alcohol while participating in this class.  ***

 

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Program Package

Included in Base Package

  • Undergraduate tuition for 3 credit hours ($1,090 value)
  • All lodging accommodations during program
  • Entrance fees for all program related excursions
  • Some group meals
  • Course-related ground transportation

Excluded from Base Package

  • Independent travel (non-program travel)
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, phone service, and Internet access
  • Tips for guides and drivers not included in program-related activity
  • Meals & Services and beverages not mentioned in the program, see syllabus

Final program fee subject to change due to travel arrangements. Study Away courses are not eligible for employee tuition waivers or discounts. Final program fee subject to change due to travel arrangements.

 

Planned Schedule

July 28 Depart for Study Away. Travel to Lexington, KY, for tour of Barrel House Distillery; guest lecture from distiller about Devil John Moonshine and moonshine's differences from bourbon and whiskey. Contact: 859-259-0159. Overnight: Local Hotel in Lexington.
July 29 Travel to Gatlinburg, TN, for tour of Ole Smokey Moonshine; guest lecture from distiller about Appalachian moonshine and Ole Smokey's status as the first legal moonshine distillery in America. Contact: 865-436-6995 • shine@osdistillery.com. Overnight: Local Hotel in Gatlinburg
July 30 Travel to Franklin, VA, for guest lecture and tour at the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum at Ferrum College and the Franklin County Historical Society; potential visit with Franklin County police department. Contact: 540-365-4416 (Blue Ridge) and 540-483-1890 (Historical Society). Overnight: Local Hotel in Franklin County.
July 31 Travel to Madison, NC, for tour of Piedmont Distillers; Distiller lecture on Junior Johnson's Midnight Moon spirits and NASCAR's relationship to moonshine; Travel to Asheville, NC, for evening. Contact: 336-445-0055. Overnight: Local Hotel in Asheville.
August 1 Morning in Asheville; Travel to Maggie Valley, NC, for Popcorn Sutton Festival. Overnight: Local Hotel in Maggie Valley.
August 2 Return to Bowling Green, KY.

The schedule is subject to change due to educational opportunities that may arise unexpectedly, the vagaries of weather, and other factors beyond the control of the course instructors and staff.

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Courses

  • ENG 399 (3 credits): Moonshine in Literature and Film
  • POP 399 (3 credits): Moonshine in Literature and Film
  • FILM 399 (3 credits): Moonshine in Literature and Film

Faculty Leaders

Locations

  • Lexington, KY
  • Gatlinburg, TN
  • Franklin, VA
  • Asheville, NC

Term

  • Summer 2014
  • Classwork and Film viewing, WKU Campus:  July 14-July 27
  • Study Away dates:  July 28 – August 02, 2014

Cost

  • $1,450

Funding Options

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Western Kentucky University and its associates are not responsible for any loss due to theft, personal injury, flight or weather delays, negligence, or default of suppliers, or suppliers changing of itineraries. They and their associates are not responsible for any loss due to travel/flight delays or changes in travel plans due to Acts of Nature or other unforeseen circumstances, nor are we responsible for accidents and medical care. Tour services are furnished by independent contractors who are not agents or servants of Western Kentucky University. Refunds are not available for unused portions of the package.

 

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