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University of Tennessee offers honors class on Dolly Parton's life

History honors students at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville will be required to take a thesis seminar on Dolly Parton's life. PHOTO: MGN

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--History honors students at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville will be required to take a thesis seminar on Dolly Parton's life.

"Dolly's America: From Sevierville to the World" will offer a look at how the "hillbilly" girl from Appalachia grew up and became an international star.

Students who take the class will be asked to read Parton's book "Dolly: My Life" and other Appalachia-centric books. A watch list for the class will also include the Beverly Hillbillies, and trailers for the films Roots, Saturday Night Fever, and Coal Miner's Daughter.

Students will be expected to write a 10-page report on "What was Dolly Parton's America" at the end of the class. According to the coursework description, the class is intended to teach students how to analyze materials and put them in historical and social context.

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