English 350, Appalachian Literature
Dr. Tina L. Hanlon, email@example.com
Appalachian Literature Course Home Page
• Creative projects: If you want to create your own story, poem, picture book, artwork, song, folktale or folklore adaptation, you will present it to the class and your grade will be based on your account of the work you did to produce it and the connections you make with Appalachian literature we are studying. Excerpts from a former student illustration project are in AppLit at http://www2.ferrum.edu/applit/photo/westpoem.htm. Consult the professor to discuss how a creative project would fit within the research paper.
- Dr. Whited on the Frankie Silver legend and literature written about it, include Sharyn McCrumb's novel
- Dr. Grimes on fiction by John Ehle or Bill and Vera Cleaver
- Dr. Mead on cultural diversity in Appalachia, Affrilachian poets, and issues relating to sociology
- Dr. Rex Stephenson (retired) on folktales and adaptations or dramatizing Franklin County and Southern history
- Ms. Becky Mushko (retired from Ferrum now), writer of stories and humorous articles set in this part of Appalachia
- Dr. Hanlon's specialties: folktales and adaptations in all media; use of dialect in literature; picture books and other children's books, including authors Virginia Hamilton, James Still, Ruth White, George Ella Lyon, etc.
- Environmental science faculty on environmental issues
These resources may be useful for getting an overview of different topics or finding additional sources. Remember that the professional librarians are faculty members who are available to help you with research and the BRI staff can also help with research.
Appalachian Studies Association Bibliographies (online)
Appalachian Studies Bibliography, WVU (online)
Encyclopedia of Appalachia. Eds. Rudy Abramson and Jean Haskell. Knoxville: Univ. of Tennessee Press, 2006. Entries are arranged alphabetically within each section, such as Cultural Traditions: Folklore and Folklife, Cultural Traditions: Humor, Cultural Traditions: Language, Cultural Traditions: Literature. (In our library's reference section.)
Edwards, Grace Toney, JoAnn Aust Asbury, and Ricky L. Cox, eds. A Handbook to Appalachia: An Introduction to the Region. Knoxville, Univ. of Tennessee Press, 2006. Excellent introduction to regional studies by a variety of scholars, including a section by Roberta Herrin on children's literature. Dr. Hanlon and the library have copies.
AppLit: Resources for Readers and Teachers of Appalachian Literature for Children and Young Adults
Other links are provided in BrightSpace to various resources.
Use the following format if you would like to submit a proposal in writing by Apr. 18, the deadline for having your topic approved. Even if you don't use this form, you should be thinking about these same aspects of your project.
Proposal for Project in Appalachian Literature
Statement of Purpose of Project:
Scope or Parts of Project (indicate how your portion fits into whole project if working with a group):
Procedures and Methods to be Used:
Resources to be Used (may include people and written sources):