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The blossoming of Appalachian studies began some thirty years ago. Thousands of young people from the hills have since been made aware of their region's rich literary tradition through high school and college courses. An entire generation has discovered that their own landscapes, families, and communities had been truthfully portrayed by writers whose background was similar to their own.
An American Vein: Critical Readings in Appalachian Literature is an anthology of literary criticism of Appalachian novelists, poets, and playwrights. The book reprises critical writing of influential authors such as Joyce Carol Oates, Cratis Williams, and Jim Wayne Miller. It introduces new writing by Rodger Cunningham, Elizabeth Engelhardt, and others.
Many writers from the mountains have found success and acclaim outside the region, but the region itself as a thriving center of literary creativity has not been widely appreciated. The editors of An American Vein have remedied this, producing the first general collection of Appalachian literary criticism. This book is a resource for those who teach and read Appalachian literature. What's more, it holds the promise of introducing new readers, nationally and internationally, to Appalachian literature and its relevance to our times.
Danny L. Miller is the chair of the Department of Literature and Language at Northern Kentucky University. He is the author of Wingless Flights: Appalachian Women in Fiction. Sharon Hatfield is an independent writer and editor whose interests include Appalachian history, literature, and media. She is the author of Never Seen the Moon: The Trials of Edith Maxwell. Guerney Norman is a novelist and short story writer whose works include Kinfolks: The Wilgus Stories and Divine Right's Trip. He is the director of the creative writing program at the University of Kentucky and coeditor of Back Talk from Appalachia: Confronting Stereotypes.
? Preface ? Introduction ? 1: New Directions: Folk or Hillbilly? Cratis D. Williams ? 2: Appalachian Literature at Home in This World Jim Wayne Miller ? 3: Jesse Stuart and James Still: Mountain Regionalists Dayton Kohler ? 4: The Changing Poetic Canon: The Case of Jesse Stuart and Ezra Pound Charles H. Daughaday ? 5: James Still's Poetry: ? The Journey a Worldly Wonder" Jeff Daniel Marion ? 6: On Harriette Arnow's The Dollmaker Joyce Carol Oates ? 7: The Christian and the Classic in The Dollmaker Barbara Hill Rigney ? 8: Social Criticism in the Works of Wilma Dykeman Oliver King Jones III ? 9: Casting a Long Shadow: The Tall Woman Patricia Gantt ? 10: O Beulah Land: The ? Yaller Vision" of Jeremiah Catlett Jane Gentry Vance ? 11: The Beulah/Canona Connection: Mary Lee Settle's Autobiographies Nancy Carol Joyner ? 12: The Appalachian Homeplace as Oneiric House in Jim Wayne Miller's The Mountains Have Come Closer Don Johnson ? 13: The Mechanical Metaphor: Machine and Tool Images in The Mountains Have Come Closer Ricky Cox ? 14: Kin and Kindness in Gurney Norman's Kinfolks: The Wilgus Stories Danny L. Miller ? 15: ? The Primal Ground of Life": The Integration of Traditional and Countercultural Values in the Work of Gurney Norman Timothy J. Dunn ? 16: John Ehle and Appalachian Fiction Leslie Banner ? 17: The Power of Language in Lee Smith's Oral History Corinne Dale ? 18: A New, Authoritative Voice: Fair and Tender Ladies Dorothy Combs Hill ? 19: ? Where's Love?": The Overheard Quest in the Stories of Jo Carson Robert J. Higgs ? 20: Family Journeys in Jo Carson's Daytrips Anita J. Turpin ? 21: Points of Kinship: Community and Allusion in Fred Chappell's Midquest John Lang ? 22: Fred Chappell's Urn of Memory: I Am One of You Forever Hilbert Campbell ? 23: Coming Out from Under Calvinism: Religious Motifs in Robert Morgan's Poetry John Lang ? 24: Robert Morgan's Mountain Voice and Lucid Prose Cecelia Conway ? 25. Class and Identity in Denise Giardina's Storming Heaven Terry Easton ? 26: Cormac McCarthy: Restless Seekers John G. Cawelti ? 27. Claiming a Literary Space: The Affrilachian Poets Theresa L. Burriss ? 28: Nature-Loving Souls and Appalachian Mountains: The Promise of Feminist Ecocriticism Elizabeth Engelhardt ? 29: The Wolves of Egypt: John Crowley's Appalachians Rodger Cunningham ? Supplemental Notes on Authors ? Contributors ? Index
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