Appalachia in the Classroom
Teaching the Region
Publication Year: 2013
Appalachia in the Classroom offers chapters on teaching Appalachian poetry and fiction as well as discussions of nonfiction, films, and folklore. Educators will find teaching strategies that they can readily implement in their own classrooms; they’ll also be inspired to employ creative ways of teaching marginalized voices and to bring those voices to the fore. In the growing national movement toward place-based education, Appalachia in the Classroom offers a critical resource and model for engaging place in various disciplines and at several different levels in a thoughtful and inspiring way.
Contributors: Emily Satterwhite, Elizabeth S. D. Engelhardt, John C. Inscoe, Erica Abrams Locklear, Jeff Mann, Linda Tate, Tina L. Hanlon, Patricia M. Gantt, Ricky L. Cox, Felicia Mitchell, R. Parks Lanier, Jr., Theresa L. Burriss, Grace Toney Edwards, and Robert M. West.
Published by: Ohio University Press
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Title Page, Copyright Page
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Table of Contents
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The publication of Appalachia in the Classroom: Teaching the Region is bit-tersweet. While such a teaching aid is long overdue in Appalachian pedagogy, the release of the book was delayed due to tragic and unforeseen life events as contributors submitted their chapters. First, Appalachia lost one of its most important writers, Wilma Dykeman, in December of 2006. This “tall woman” ...
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As we move into the second decade of the twenty-first century, the schol-arly discipline of Appalachian Studies continues to evolve and change to keep pace with the living culture on which it focuses. While Appalachian Studies must remain mindful of the past to understand and inform the present, edu-cators and scholars should maintain a contemporary focus on the region and ...
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Intro to Appalacian Studies
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...the idea of Appalachia that I see at the beginning of each semester when I teach Introduction to Appalachian Studies. About a third or more of my stu-dents come to Blacksburg and Virginia Tech from the metropolitan areas of Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Northern Virginia (oriented to Washing-ton, DC), plus a small sprinkling from metropolitan places outside Virginia. ...
Listening to Black Appalachian Laundrywomen
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In 1989 , scholar Darlene Clark Hine proposed the concept “culture of dissemblance” to discuss the challenges and ethical issues of recovering black US women’s lives. In her influential “Rape and the Inner Lives of Black Women in the Middle West,” Hine focused primarily on the...
The Southern Highlands according to Hollywood
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...is a freshman seminar called “Appalachia on Film.” At the University of Georgia, I’m an academic exile from the region (though I take comfort on occasion that Athens is only one county away from official Appalachia, ac-cording to the ARC’s skewed reasoning). I rarely get the chance to teach Appalachian history at the undergraduate level, so I jumped at the chance ...
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Building Bridges with Ron Rash's The World Made Straight
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...also teaching about Appalachia presents a complicated opportunity. On one hand, you are fully immersed in what sociologists would call a “case study.” For instance, you can read about folkway food traditions like ramp festivals and then take a group of students to experience one of those festivals in April or May. But on the other hand, you must be very careful in making assumptions ...
The Feast Hall, the Arsenal, and the Mirror
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...think about teaching—which I do rarely, since my pedagogy is more intuitive than consciously considered—I think in metaphor. The metaphors I choose When teaching literature, sometimes I feel as if I’m giving students much-needed food. It seems inevitable that a man like me, descended from a family of hearty mountain cooks and gourmands, would compare a poem to a ...
I Hear Appalachia Singing
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...her home in the mountain community of Grundy, Virginia, to attend Hollins College. While she was waiting for her father to return from his Ben Franklin dime store and drive her to school, she sat on the front porch while her mother and aunts talked interminably about whether her mother had colitis. Smith Later that year, working her way through the fiction books in the col-...
"Way Back Yonder" but Not So Far Away
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Jack and the Wonder Beans by James Still opens by placing Jack and his poor mother “way back yonder,” but they are also in “their homeseat . . . here on Wolfpen Creek” (where Still lived in Knott County, Kentucky). “Or around about” (Still  1996). As Still’s introduction demonstrates, the words of storytellers, written or oral, draw us in to worlds that fascinate because they ...
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Teaching Modern Appalachia in Wilma Dykeman's The Far Family
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...quite a distance from the blue hills of my North Carolina birth. My students, most of whom are planning to be secondary teachers, have probably never traveled east of the Missouri, much less the Mississippi. Certainly none of them has any familiarity with the French Broad, that river so intimately a part of Wilma Dykeman’s fiction. Yet I have found that Dykeman’s novels are so ...
Fred Chappell's I Am One of You Forever
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Fred Chappell’s I Am One of You Forever (1985)1 is the first in a series of four short novels centered on the immediate and extended family of Jess Kirkman, the book’s narrator and central character. Despite occasional reminders that the story is being told by a grown-up Jess in early middle age, the point of view is primarily that of Jess as an observant, thoughtful boy between ten and ...
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...one ought to think about saving the world, a reader need only turn to a num-ber of treatises, case studies, congressional hearings, and scientific measures giving alarming readings. The Environmental Protection Agency, along with “watchdog” agencies such as Environmental Defense, is more than happy to provide details about the air we breathe, toxins in our streams, and miscella-...
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...of the Appalachian region as defined by the Appalachian Regional Commis-sion (ARC) will provide one answer. The Appalachian poets are, or have been, where the mountains in the eastern United States are. That is an incomplete answer, however, for even an ARC map may not show all the mountains or even the entire length of the Appalachian Trail northward into Maine. Not ...
From Harlem Home to Affrilachia
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...not expect to find riffs of 1920s Harlem jazz wafting through this mountain writ-ing. Nor would they anticipate an encounter with the politics of the 1960s Black Arts Movement (BAM). But these unexpected discoveries and more are what readers will find in the poetry and short stories of Affrilachians Frank X Walker, Nikky Finney, and Crystal Wilkinson. The writers meld the aesthetics and social ...
Teaching Poetry and Prose of Marilou Awiakta
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...been an astute observer, listener, and storyteller. A Cherokee/Appalachian au-thor in Memphis, Tennessee, she writes poetry and prose that range in subject matter from childhood memories of growing up in Oak Ridge during the days of the Manhattan Project,1 to myths, legends, and stories of the Cherokee, to social, political, scientific, and environmental issues in contemporary society. ...
Toward "Crystal-Tight Arrays"
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...more than forty years: his first book, Zirconia Poems, appeared in 1969; and in 2011 he brought out his fifteenth collection, Terroir. His poems have often first appeared in such prestigious venues as Poetry, the Southern Review, the Georgia Review, and the Atlantic Monthly, and have been reprinted in many antholo-gies. Readers familiar with Appalachian literature have long counted him an ...
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Page Count: 304
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Series in race, ethnicity, and gender in Appalachia
Series Editor Byline: John Smith, Will Wordsworth