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Dear Appalachia – Readers, Identity, and Popular Fiction since 1878 - Kentucky Scholarship Online
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Dear Appalachia: Readers, Identity, and Popular Fiction since 1878

Emily Satterwhite


This book demonstrates the value of using fan mail and online customer reviews to determine what meanings readers made of popular fictions set in Appalachia. Employing the methodological innovation of “reception geographies,” the book examines readers' testimonials alongside maps of their migrations in order to assess the ways in which their geographic movements and affiliations influenced their imagined geographies of Appalachia as a haven from modernity and postmodernity. The book argues that regional fiction served three functions for U.S. readers in multiple eras: it produced regions as au ... More

Keywords: imagined geographies, reception geographies, fan mail, popular fiction, white American nationalism, best sellers, whiteness, identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780813130101
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813130101.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emily Satterwhite, author
Virginia Tech