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Writing AppalachiaAn Anthology$
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Katherine Ledford and Theresa Lloyd

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813178790

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813178790.001.0001

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Modernism in Appalachian Literature

Modernism in Appalachian Literature

(p.223) Part VI Modernism in Appalachian Literature
Writing Appalachia
Katie Hoffman
University Press of Kentucky

Regional or ethnic modernists maintained a focus on history—especially community history—and wrote about rural, regional, or ethnic cultures. Although some regional modernists experimented with literary style, among the Appalachian modernists literary experimentation tends to be subtle. Regional modernists differed in their response to the urban/rural divide and often found themselves wrestling with issues of cultural representation. Like mainstream modernism, there was pushback against the romanticism of the previous era, but the response of Appalachian modernists is a specific reaction to the tradition of nineteenth-century travel and local color writing in which mountain culture had been misrepresented at worst and sugar coated by sympathetic intermediaries at best.

Keywords:   Thomas Wolfe, Jesse Stuart, James Still, Anne Armstrong, Louise McNeill, Mildred Haun, Harriette Arnow, Jonathan Williams, James Wright, Wilma Dykeman, modernism

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