Undermined in Coal Country: On the Measures in a Working Land

Undermined in Coal Country: On the Measures in a Working Land

by Bill Conlogue


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421423180
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 09/29/2017
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.84(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Bill Conlogue is a professor of English at Marywood University. He is the author of Working the Garden: American Writers and the Industrialization of Agriculture and Here and There: Reading Pennsylvania's Working Landscapes.

Table of Contents

1. Campus as Question
2. Wood
3. Fire
4. In the Gaps
5. Body Language
6. On Broken Ground
7. Burying Books
Works Cited

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Ian Marshall

"Remarkably well written, graceful, and powerful. This hybrid book, which is both scholarly and literary, boldly explores the place of literature (and the liberal arts in general) in dealing with environmental issues and understanding local environments."

John Bodnar

"In the Scranton area, history is buried literally and figuratively. The remnants of a once vibrant coal industry lurk underground; the sweep of time has effaced a legacy of environmental damage and social turmoil. Bill Conlogue's insightful book masterfully takes stock of transformations in the region's present by uncovering much of its forgotten past."

Clifton Hood

"Part family history, part environmental lament, part literary meditation, Undermined in Coal Country is a compelling investigation of the high costs that the anthracite coal industry has imposed on northeastern Pennsylvania. In a distinctive voice, Conlogue emphasizes the devastation not merely caused by coal extraction but its danger coupled with a dishonest celebration of blue-collar suffering, thereby diminishing the expectations of those who live and work there today. Anyone who grew up in the rustbelt, as I did myself, should read Bill Conlogue’s book."

Pavel Cenkl

"Undermined in Coal Country is a thoughtful reading of the subsidence—both literal and metaphoric—that everywhere insinuates our local and global landscapes. Grounded in the communities in and around Scranton, PA, Conlogue traces broader, interwoven narratives of resource extraction, community, labor, literature, and education to provide readers with nuanced ways to understand what might lie beneath the surfaces of the places they call home."

Mary Clearman Blew

"In Undermined in Coal Country, Bill Conlogue has achieved a heart-rending expose of the damage done heedless mining practices and greed to his hometown and the whole of coal country and a powerful metaphor of the human condition with the hope that studies of the arts and humanities may offer."

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