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Despite the stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding Appalachia, the region has nurtured and inspired some of the nation's finest writers. Featuring dozens of authors born into or adopted by the region over the past two centuries, Writing Appalachia showcases for the first time the nuances and contradictions that place Appalachia at the heart of American history. This com Despite the stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding Appalachia, the region has nurtured and inspired some of the nation's finest writers. Featuring dozens of authors born into or adopted by the region over the past two centuries, Writing Appalachia showcases for the first time the nuances and contradictions that place Appalachia at the heart of American history. This comprehensive anthology covers an exceedingly diverse range of subjects, genres, and time periods, beginning with early Native American oral traditions and concluding with twenty-first-century writers such as Wendell Berry, bell hooks, Silas House, Barbara Kingsolver, and Frank X Walker. Slave narratives, local color writing, folklore, work songs, modernist prose -- each piece explores unique Appalachian struggles, questions, and values. The collection also celebrates the significant contributions of women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community to the region's history and culture. Alongside Southern and Central Appalachian voices, the anthology features northern authors and selections that reflect the urban characteristics of the region. As one text gives way to the next, a more complete picture of Appalachia emerges -- a landscape of contrasting visions and possibilities.


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Despite the stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding Appalachia, the region has nurtured and inspired some of the nation's finest writers. Featuring dozens of authors born into or adopted by the region over the past two centuries, Writing Appalachia showcases for the first time the nuances and contradictions that place Appalachia at the heart of American history. This com Despite the stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding Appalachia, the region has nurtured and inspired some of the nation's finest writers. Featuring dozens of authors born into or adopted by the region over the past two centuries, Writing Appalachia showcases for the first time the nuances and contradictions that place Appalachia at the heart of American history. This comprehensive anthology covers an exceedingly diverse range of subjects, genres, and time periods, beginning with early Native American oral traditions and concluding with twenty-first-century writers such as Wendell Berry, bell hooks, Silas House, Barbara Kingsolver, and Frank X Walker. Slave narratives, local color writing, folklore, work songs, modernist prose -- each piece explores unique Appalachian struggles, questions, and values. The collection also celebrates the significant contributions of women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community to the region's history and culture. Alongside Southern and Central Appalachian voices, the anthology features northern authors and selections that reflect the urban characteristics of the region. As one text gives way to the next, a more complete picture of Appalachia emerges -- a landscape of contrasting visions and possibilities.

35 review for Writing Appalachia

  1. 4 out of 5

    MH

    A massive collection of writing about Appalachia, from Cherokee folklore collected in the 19th century to literature from the 21st, covering poems, short stories and chapters from novels; folk tales, sermons and lyrics from blues and protest songs; dramatic literature and a wide, wide variety of non-fiction. The editors went out of their way to find queer, BIPOC, and women's voices - this is FAR more than a collection about mountain men - and about a third of the book was writing from after the A massive collection of writing about Appalachia, from Cherokee folklore collected in the 19th century to literature from the 21st, covering poems, short stories and chapters from novels; folk tales, sermons and lyrics from blues and protest songs; dramatic literature and a wide, wide variety of non-fiction. The editors went out of their way to find queer, BIPOC, and women's voices - this is FAR more than a collection about mountain men - and about a third of the book was writing from after the year 2000, and both were nice surprises. I'm not sure how I feel about some of the more appropriative works (there was a lot of fiction about backwoods life written by teachers who came from outside the territory, and one modern writer feels very comfortable writing in the voice of a Latina immigrant, well outside his lived experience), and some of the inclusions feel like they're a bit of a reach (August Wilson was born in Pittsburgh, so I guess he's technically an Appalachian writer, but still ...), but in a work of this size there are bound to be a few quibbles, and it's introduced me to several writers I'm excited to read more of. It's an excellent overview of the region's social history, literature, and culture(s). I was fortunate enough to win a copy of Writing Appalachia in a Goodreads giveaway.

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