Appalachian Reckoning: A Discussion

Page 158 Books welcomes Meredith McCarroll, editor of Appalachian Reckoning, to Wake Forest.

Appalachian Reckoning is a retort, at turns rigorous, critical, angry, and hopeful, to the long shadow Hillbilly Elegy has cast over the region and its imagining. But it also moves beyond Hillbilly Elegy to allow Appalachians from varied backgrounds to tell their own diverse and complex stories through an imaginative blend of scholarship, prose, poetry, and photography. The essays and creative work collected in Appalachian Reckoning provide a deeply personal portrait of a place that is at once culturally rich and economically distressed, unique and typically American. Complicating simplistic visions that associate the region almost exclusively with death and decay, Appalachian Reckoning makes clear Appalachia’s intellectual vitality, spiritual richness, and progressive possibilities.

Meredith McCarroll is the director of writing and rhetoric at Bowdoin College, where she teaches courses in writing, American literature, and film. She is the author of Unwhite: Appalachia, Race, and Film.

 

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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415 S Brooks Street
Suite B
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy Cover Image
By Anthony Harkins (Editor), Meredith McCarroll (Editor)
$28.99
ISBN: 9781946684790
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: West Virginia University Press - February 13th, 2019