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'Elvis Was A Shabbes Goy: Or, What You Should Know About Southern Jewishness'

Although southern Jewishness remains a marginal identity due to the small size of its constituency, it nevertheless inhabits and helps to form the South at large. Find out how southern writers such as Robert Penn Warren, Walker Percy, and Lillian Hellman navigated southern Jewishness. Learn about the debt Monticello owes to Jewish owners, and why the movie Driving Miss Daisy constitutes a critical moment in southern Jewish imagery.

Eliza McGraw received her Ph.D. from Vanderbillt University in 1999, and her book Two Covenants: Representations of Southern Jewishness came out in 2005. She is currently a freelance writer living in Washington. Her work has appeared in Southern Cultures, the South Atlantic Review, The Boston Glove and the Washington Post, and her next book, Ferber's America, is forthcoming from LSU Press.

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