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Brannon Costello and Qiana J. Whitted

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617030185

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617030185.001.0001

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Meat Fiction and Burning Western Light

Meat Fiction and Burning Western Light

The South in Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s Preacher

Chapter:
(p.242) Meat Fiction and Burning Western Light
Source:
Comics and the U.S. South
Author(s):

Nicolas Labarre

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617030185.003.0010

From 1995 to 2000, DC Comics, through its Vertigo imprint, ran a violent, provocative, and profane series called Preacher. A collaboration between Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, Preacher represents the South as a mythic place saturated with popular culture, equating it with a mode of identity, with a way of seeing the world. This chapter examines the South as a “way of seeing the world” in Preacher and how it reaffirms the power of the plantation owners and southern aristocracy, as well as the power of the stereotypes themselves in popular culture. It also looks at how the L’Angelle plantation in the story is presented from the perspective of two apparently incompatible codes: plantation mythology and meat fiction.

Keywords:   popular culture, Preacher, Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon, South, plantation owners, aristocracy, stereotypes, plantation mythology, meat fiction

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