Themes to Consider When Studying Appalachian Literature

English 350: Appalachian Literature
Dr. Tina L. Hanlon
Ferrum College, English Department

This list is based on the chapter headings in these books:

Higgs, Robert J., et al. Appalachia Inside Out: A Sequel to Voices from the Hills. 2 vols. Knoxville: Tennessee UP, 1995.

Sandra L. Ballard and Patricia L. Hudson, eds. Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2003 (on reserve in Stanley library)


Family and Community

REMEMBERING CHILDHOOD, GROWING UP

MOTHERING

MAKING FRIENDS

LIVING IN A BODY: BODY IMAGES

GAINING STRENGTH, SELF-CONFIDENCE

DECLARING INDEPENDENCE

PASSING ON TRADITIONS

FOLKLORE, MYTHOLOGY, AND SUPERSTITION

Heroes and Demigods

RELIGION AND WORSHIP

LAUGHTER AND  HUMOR

Sports and Play

Historical Roots, Exploration, and Settlement

War and Revolution

WORKING

Labor, Wealth, and Commonwealth

SHAKING THINGS UP: BEING AN ACTIVIST

Majority and Minority Populations

Feuds and Violence

Exile, Return and Sense of Place

LIVING IN THIS WORLD: NATURE / ENVIRONMENT

WRITING / ART

Dialect and Language

Education and Criticism

Regional Identity and the Future

SHAPING IDENTITY: INSIDERS & OUTSIDERS

LOSS, SADNESS, HOMESICKNESS / COPING WITH DEATH


September 1, 2010

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