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Overview and Goals

AppLit is a web site containing Resources for Readers and Teachers of Appalachian Literature for Children and Young Adults. Although the focus is not primarily on literature for adults, some sections contain material on literature for adults that may be taught in high school or college. We believe strongly that picture books and other literature for children can be enjoyed by people of all ages and taught at all levels through college.  

AppLit was created by Tina L. Hanlon and Judy A. Teaford in 2000.

AppLit was created with support from the Appalachian College Association, Ferrum College, and a Humanities Focus Grant from the Division of Education of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2000-2001. Some landmarks in the history of this project are listed on the News and Events page.

AppLit received the e-Appalachia award from the Appalachian Studies Association for 2002.

AppLit continues to expand its bibliographies, study guides, lesson plans, author pages, texts of previously unpublished folktales, original stories and poems, articles on Appalachian literature and related topics, and links to other Internet resources, as well as regional photos; background on illustrators, dramatists, and filmmakers; and illustrations, including drawings by school children based on their experiences with Appalachian literature and drama.

AppLit's logo was donated by graphic designer Linda Hanlon.

  Tina Hanlon receiving E-Appalachia award from Scott Schwartz at 25th Appalachian Studies Association Conference, Unicoi State Park, Georgia, March 16, 2002. (Judy wasn't there!)  

Goals of AppLit and the Project Teaching Appalachian Literature:

Contributing to AppLit

Please contact us if you have suggestions or you would like to contribute materials to AppLit.

Lesson Plan Guidelines for Contributors

Reading List for NEH Project Teaching Appalachian Literature

Index of Student Writing and Illustration in AppLit

We reserve the right to edit any materials submitted to AppLit. We will contact the author before making substantial changes in any donated materials.

        Teaching Appalachian Literature was a project supported by Ferrum College and the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1999–2001.
The following project participants contributed to the development of AppLit:

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New and Special Features

Defining Appalachia


John Alexander Williams defines regionalism as “the ideological form of the regional concept—the belief in the primary importance of region as the organizing principle for the work to be done: cultural study, economic planning, political reform, architectural design—whatever it is that the definer wants to accomplish” (“A Regionalism Within Regionalism: Three Frameworks for Appalachian Studies.” Journal for the Appalachian Studies Association 3 (1991): pp. 4-17). Even among writers and scholars of Appalachian literature, this organizing principle lends itself to a variety of definitions. Many identify the region geographically as the area of Central or Southern Appalachia. Others prefer the broader definition supplied by the Appalachian Regional Commission: “Appalachia, as defined in the legislation from which the Appalachian Regional Commission derives its authority, is a 200,000-square-mile region that follows the spine of the Appalachian Mountains from southern New York to northern Mississippi. It includes all of West Virginia and parts of twelve other states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia” ( The introduction to Appalachia Inside Out: Culture and Custom states, “Just as we cannot define precisely where Appalachia begins and ends geographically, neither can we say exactly where the culture and customs of the region begin and end. The same is true of the region's literature and criticism” (Higgs, Robert J., et al. Appalachia Inside Out: Culture and Custom. Vol. 2. Knoxville: Tennessee UP, 1995, p. xi).

For AppLit, and for the editors of Appalachia Inside Out, defining Appalachia, and consequently Appalachian literature, remains somewhat of an enigma. In the interest of providing a point of reference, when AppLit pages use the term Appalachia, we are referring to the mountainous regions of Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama; all of the mountain state of West Virginia; and the hilly region of southern Ohio. Additionally, when we use the term Appalachian literature, we are referring to literature written about this particular region and its people. Some AppLit pages list other works by authors who are Appalachian and works by Cherokee authors who are not themselves natives of Appalachia. Many pages also include comparisons with similar or related works from other traditions.

West Virginia's Appalachian Music and Literature, a teaching unit in AppLit, contains an introduction for school children to Appalachian culture and geography, with maps of Appalachia and West Virginia. (The mountain photo above left is from this teaching unit.)

Fair Use and AppLit Resources

We encourage Fair Use of these materials under current U. S. copyright law and accompanying guidelines. Click on the icon below to see AppLit's Creative Commons license. Resources in AppLit are made available for nonprofit and educational use, such as teaching, research, and private study. For these purposes, you may reproduce AppLit materials (print, download or make copies) and link to AppLit pages without prior permission. However, users must obtain written permission from AppLit or the rights holder of individual pages before using a particular item for other purposes, including Internet reproduction, publication, or other commercial applications. The Jack Tale Players web site (linked in many places with AppLit) and the illustrated adaptation of "Mutsmag" are the property of R. Rex Stephenson and Tina L. Hanlon.

We strive to practice Fair Use in citing and quoting material from sources, reprinting materials by others only with permission, and linking to sites with reliable and legal contents. Please contact us if you find errors or have questions about the ownership of materials in this web site.

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This site created May 16, 2000
This page's last update: 2/24/19


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Great Smoky Mountains waterfall photo by Griner family, 2007
Blue Ridge Parkway fences photo by Holly Anderson, July 2007
Photos of Blue Ridge Farm Museum, Ferrum College by Elise Kirchoff, May 2000