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Peculiar People and Plain Folk: Comparing the Regional Literatures of Appalachia and the Great Plains

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dc.contributor.author Staggs, Adriene
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-28T16:24:09Z
dc.date.available 2012-03-28T16:24:09Z
dc.date.created November 18, 2011 en_US
dc.date.issued 2012-03-28
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/654
dc.description.abstract Negative stereotypes about the Appalachian region and the Great Plains region abound, and while some truth may be garnished from these one-dimensional depictions, larger questions of culture, characteristics, and identity remain unanswered. One method of flushing out the realities of the Appalachian region and Great Plains region involves using literature as a window into the lifestyles and values of the areas. residents. Comparing the literature of Appalachia with that of the Great Plains reveals that both groups value independence, self-sufficiency, family, stories, songs, religion, the land, and work. These characteristics appear in several Appalachian and Great Plains novels, such as Robert Morgan's Gap Creek, Wright Morris's Plains Song for Female Voices, Denise Giardina's Storming Heaven, Elmer Kelton's The Day the Cowboys Quit, Fred Chappell's Farewell, I'm Bound to Leave You, and Robert Day.s The Last Cattle Drive. Evaluating the similarities between the regional characteristics present in the novels helps to establish the contributions of the two regions to American identity, thereby contextualizing the importance of Appalachian and Great Plains literature. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject regional literature, Appalachia, Great Plains, stereotypes en_US
dc.title Peculiar People and Plain Folk: Comparing the Regional Literatures of Appalachia and the Great Plains en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.college las en_US
dc.academic.area English en_US
dc.advisor James Hoy en_US
dc.department english, modern languages and literatures en_US

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