The Ballad of Dolly Parton

To celebrate her January 19 birthday, Cristen and Caroline look at the incredible life of country music legend Dolly Parton and why many consider the over-the-top entertainer a feminist icon.

Episode sources:


"Dolly Parton & the Roots of Country Music." Performing Arts Encyclopedia. The Library of Congress.

"Dolly Parton and Copyright." The Library of Congress.

"Dolly Parton." Biography.

"Dolly Parton." Country Music Hall of Fame and Encyclopedia of Country Music.

"Country Music Legend's New Role: 'Book Lady'" by PBS Newshour. Aug. 20, 2013.

"Dolly Parton -- Feminist Icon?" by Tracy Egan Morrissy. July 09, 2008. Jezebel.

"Dolly Parton -- feminist icon?" by Harry Phibbs. July 09, 2008. The Guardian.

"Dolly Parton -- The Fresh Air Interview." NPR. Sept. 06, 2010.

"Dolly Parton -- Feminist Heroine" by Joan Smith. April 29, 2009. The Independent.

"Dolly Parton's Folk Feminism: Subverting the Backlash" by Amy Peloff.

"A Feminist Guide to Country Music" by Margaret Eby. Jan. 19, 2012. Flavorwire.

"Redneck Liberation -- Country Music as Theology" by David Fillingim. 2003.

"The Proust Questionnaire -- Dolly Parton." November 2012. Vanity Fair.

"Dolly Parton -- 'She's an eagle when she flies" by Rebecca Traister. Jan. 20, 2006. Salon.

Academic Insights:

"Yes, It's True -- Zimbabweans Love Dolly Parton" by Jonathan Zilberg. March 04, 2004. The Journal of Popular Culture.

Topics in this Podcast: music, Celebrities