Dolly Parton, Gender, and Country Music is a timely full-length monograph on a figure who has endured on the national and international scene for more than one-half century. Fittingly, this study is authored by a leading scholar of contemporary popular culture. Edwards’s The Triumph of Reality TV: The Revolution in American Television (2013) segued from her Johnny Cash and the Paradox of American Identity (2009). This recent venture finds her returning to the purview of country music and another of its iconic figures. Edwards’s Cash and Parton projects interrelate, with issues of authenticity, the transgression of socio-cultural norms, and gender necessarily engaged in both studies. In...

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