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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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Twenty-First-Century Appalachian Literature

Twenty-First-Century Appalachian Literature

(p.487) Part VIII Twenty-First-Century Appalachian Literature
Writing Appalachia
Thomas Alan Holmes
University Press of Kentucky

Although Appalachia and its authors resist political definition and economic category, one can say that twenty-first century Appalachian writers attempt to define what changes and what endures in a rapidly globalizing world. As Pulitzer Prize finalist Maurice Manning has noted, at the core of Appalachian literature is a tension between an appreciation of the region and an “anxiety for legitimacy”; this observation reflects the challenges facing authors from a region still often seen as “other” by the broader American culture. Some contemporary Appalachian authors explore which traditions are worth preserving and which ones should fall by the wayside, while others consider how to preserve and expand their Appalachian identity, a process that they sometimes connect with preservation and innovation in literary style. In short, many twentieth-century Appalachian authors cultivate in their readers an appreciation of Appalachian perspectives from a self-aware otherness that is sometimes tradition tethered yet is willing to go far beyond received notions about the region.

Keywords:   Maggie Anderson, Frank X Walker, Pauletta Hansel, Ron Rash, Diane Gilliam Fisher, Darnell Arnoult, doris davenport, Anne Shelby, Maurice Manning, Jesse Graves, Ricardo Nazario y Colon, Melissa Range, Rose McLarney, Crystal Wilkinson, Dorothy Allison, Charles Frazier, Ann Pancake, Pamela Duncan, Blake Hausman, Silas House, Tony Earley, Robert Gipe, Wiley Cash, Mark Powell, Sandor Katz, Wendell Berry, Jeff Mann, Barbara Kingsolver, Shannon Hayes, Dana Wildsmith, Karen Salyer McElmurray, bell hooks, Denise Giardina, Higher Ground Project

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