How They Shine: Melungeon Characters in the Fiction of Appalachia ( Melungeon Series)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865547216
  • Publisher: Mercer University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Series: Melungeons Series
  • Pages: 298
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface
Author's Preface
1 Epiphany in Sneedville: The Project Becomes a Crusade 1
2 Just over the County Line: Melungeon Characters in The Hawk's Done Gone 19
3 Black-Haired and Violet-Eyed: Wilima Dykeman's Bludsoes in The Tall Woman 29
4 "Ain't no telling what them folk will do": Melungeons in Two Novels 37
5 "The grace to face tomorrow": The Melungeon Line in Lee Smith's The Devil's Dream 51
6 Still Dealing in Death: A Melungeon in Kinflicks 69
7 Inside Out: Melungeons, Centerpiece in Jesse Stuart's Daughter of the Legend 95
8 Mountain Folks and the "Guvermint": Four Melungeon Tales Collected by the Tennessee Writers' Project 135
9 Sneedville Revisited: "Walk toward the Sunset," the Melungeon Outdoor Drama 169
10 Watch Your Chimney: Kentucky Melungeons in Two Stories 181
11 Are These People Melungeons? The Killburn Family in Virginia Hamilton's M. C. Higgins, the Great 199
12 Big Stone Gap, Virginia: Melungeons in Perspective from John Fox, Jr. and Adriana Trigiani 227
13 Borrowing the Legend: The Process Comes Full Circle in Naylor's Sang Spell 243
14 Conclusion: The Powerful Metaphor 279
App Chart of Melungeon Traits 285
Bibliography 287
Index 291
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2002

    Engrossing and Captivating. A 'Must Read' !!

    How They Shine is engrossing and captivating. I found it to be a superb book! Vande Brake opens a door into the mysteries of the Melungeon culture. In doing so, you can feel Vande Brake's love of literature and great admiration of this quiet, obscure community that has its roots in Appalachia. While reading, I gained a great respect for the Melungeons as a group. Vande Brake brings to the reader's consciousness that Melungeon characters are used in literature to conjure up an image stereotypical to this group of people in the mountains of North East Tennessee and South West Virginia. Their tenacity, snake handling, moon shining, physical features, and exclusivity to the outside world are all part of this characterization. How They Shine is a fascinating book, full of haunting images of a special community of people that have lived in the United States for centuries. Vande Brake writes vividly. How They Shine is a scholarly work with well-documented claims yet it is an easy read. Those looking to do research or those lay people who are looking for an enjoyable book about another culture will find it satisfying. Vande Brake's writing makes a complicated topic understandable to any reader. I highly recommend it.

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