PROGRAM DETAILS

Murder, Mayhem, Music, and Moods in Nashville, Tennessee

Instructor
Taylor Hagood
Category
History / Other
WPL03062

Course Description

Nashville, Tennessee, is intriguingly contradictory. On one hand, it has historically been referred to as “The Athens of the South,” a city filled with institutions of higher learning and the amenities of old southern aristocratic culture. At the same time, it is a city located in the middle of the Tennessee hills that, by the third decade of the 20th century, became the center of the country music industry, a down-home reputation that vexed the aristocracy. Since the beginning of the 21st century, Nashville has grown exponentially, becoming a city of new money and hipsters largely unaware of its past. Along the way there have been fascinating people—from President Andrew Jackson to Grand Ole Opry star Uncle Dave Macon to singer Patsy Cline - and the stories about them include tales of love and regret, success and failure, triumph and murder. This one-time program will examine this city's fascinating past and present.

About the Instructor

  • Taylor Hagood, PhD is professor of American literature at Florida Atlantic University. He has published several books, including Faulkner; Writer of Disability (winner of the 2014 C. Hugh Holman Award for Best Book in Southern Studies), has lectured in venues throughout North America and Europe, and was a Fulbright Professor at the University of Munich (2009-2010).

     Lifelong Learning Professorship of Arts and Letters, 2014-2015