American Vein: Critical Readings In Appalachian Literature

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"...this impressive collection of essays provides an important, though too long neglected, part of American literary history. This book effectively gives Appalachian literature the serious attention it deserves." —-–Sandra L. Ballard, editor of Appalachian Journal and Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia ****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. ****ABOUT THE EDITORS——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. Her book Never Seen the Moon: The Trials of Edith Maxwell is forthcoming from University of Illinois Press. Guerney Norman is a novelist and short story writer. He is the director of the creative writing program at the University of Kentucky. His books include the short story collection Kinfolks: The Wilgus Stories. He coedited Backtalk: Stories from an American Region.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821415894
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2005
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 1.23 (d)

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****ABOUT THE EDITORS——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. Her book Never Seen the Moon: The Trials of Edith Maxwell is forthcoming from University of Illinois Press. Guerney Norman is a novelist and short story writer. He is the director of the creative writing program at the University of Kentucky. His books include the short story collection Kinfolks: The Wilgus Stories. He coedited Backtalk: Stories from an American Region.

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Table of Contents

1 New directions : folk or hillbilly? 1
2 Appalachian literature at home in this world 13
3 Jesse Stuart and James Still : mountain regionalists 25
4 The changing poetic canon : the case of Jesse Stuart and Ezra Pound 35
5 James Still's poetry : "the journey a worldly wonder" 49
6 On Harriette Arnow's The dollmaker 59
7 The Christian and the classic in The dollmaker 66
8 Social criticism in the works of Wilma Dykeman 73
9 Casting a long shadow : the tall woman 91
10 O Beulah land : the "yaller vision" of Jeremiah Catlett 104
11 The Beulah/Canona connection : Mary Lee Settle's autobiographies 115
12 The Appalachian homeplace as oneiric house in Jim Wayne Miller's The mountains have come closer 125
13 The mechanical metaphor : machine and tool images in The mountains have come closer 134
14 Kin and kindness in Gurney Norman's Kinfolks: the Wilgus stories 140
15 "The primal ground of life" : the integration of traditional and countercultural values in the work of Gurney Norman 158
16 John Ehle and Appalachian fiction 169
17 The power of language in Lee Smith's Oral history 184
18 A new, authoritative voice : Fair and tender ladies 197
19 "Where's love?" : the overheard quest in the stories of Jo Carson 217
20 Family journeys in Jo Carson's Daytrips 231
21 Points of kinship : community and allusion in Fred Chappell's Midquest 239
22 Fred Chappell's urn of memory : I am one of you forever 252
23 Coming out from under Calvinism : religious motifs in Robert Morgan's poetry 261
24 Robert Morgan's mountain voice and lucid prose 275
25 Class and identity in Denise Giardina's Storming heaven 296
26 Cormac McCarthy : restless seekers 306
27 Claiming a literary space : the Affrilachian poets 315
28 Nature-loving souls and Appalachian mountains : the promise of feminist ecocriticism 337
29 The wolves of Aegypt : John Crowley's Appalachians 353
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