Appalachian Reckoning : A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy

Harkins, Anthony

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  • Format Books
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  • Publication Morgantown : West Virginia University Press, 2019.
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (433 pages)
  • ISBNs 9781946684806, 1946684805
  • OCLC on1085176342


  • With hundreds of thousands of copies sold, a Ron Howard movie in the works, and the rise of its author as a media personality, J. D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis has defined Appalachia for much of the nation. What about Hillbilly Elegy accounts for this explosion of interest during this period of political turmoil? Why have its ideas raised so much controversy? And how can debates about the book catalyze new, more inclusive political agendas for the region's future? 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.


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  • Intro; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Why This Book? / Anthony Harkins and Meredith McCarroll; PART I. CONSIDERING HILLBILLY ELEGY; INTERROGATING; Hillbilly Elitism / T. R. C. Hutton; Social Capital / Jeff Mann /; Once Upon a Time in ""Trumpalachia"": Hillbilly Elegy, Personal Choice, and the Blame Game / Dwight B. Billings; Stereotypes on the Syllabus: Exploring Hillbilly Elegy's Use as an Instructional Text at Colleges and Universities / Elizabeth Catte; Benham, Kentucky, Coal Miner / Wise County, Virginia, Landscape / Theresa Burriss
  • Panning for Gold: A Reflection of Life from Appalachia / Ricardo Nazario y ColónWill the Real Hillbilly Please Stand Up? Urban Appalachian Migration and Culture Seen through the Lens of Hillbilly Elegy / Roger Guy; What Hillbilly Elegy Reveals about Race in Twenty-First-Century America / Lisa R. Pruitt; Prisons Are Not Innovation / Lou Murrey; Down and Out in Middletown and Jackson: Drugs, Dependency, and Decline in J. D. Vance's Capitalist Realism / Travis Linnemann and Corina Medley; RESPONDING; Keep Your ""Elegy"": The Appalachia I Know Is Very Much Alive / Ivy Brashear
  • HE Said/SHE Said / Crystal GoodThe Hillbilly Miracle and the Fall / Michael E. Maloney; Elegies / Dana Wildsmith; In Defense of J. D. Vance / Kelli Hansel Haywood; It's Crazy Around Here, I Don't Know What to Do about It, and I'm Just a Kid / Allen Johnson; Falling in Love,"" Balsam Bald, the Blue Ridge Parkway, 1982 / Danielle Dulken; Black Hillbillies Have No Time for Elegies / William H. Turner; PART II. BEYOND HILLBILLY ELEGY; Nothing Familiar / Jesse Graves; History / Jesse Graves; Tether and Plow / Jesse Graves; On and On: Appalachian Accent and Academic Power / Meredith McCarroll
  • Olivia's Ninth Birthday Party / Rebecca KigerKentucky, Coming and Going / Kirstin L. Squint; Resistance, or Our Most Worthy Habits / Richard Hague; Notes on a Mountain Man / Jeremy B. Jones; These Stories Sustain Me: The Wyrd-ness of My Appalachia / Edward Karshner; Watch Children / Luke Travis; The Mower-1933 / Robert Morgan; Consolidate and Salvage / Chelsea Jack; How Appalachian I Am / Robert Gipe; Aunt Rita along the King Coal Highway, Mingo County, West Virginia / Roger May; Holler / Keith S. Wilson; Loving to Fool with Things / Rachel Wise; Antebellum Cookbook / Kelly Norman Ellis
  • How to Make Cornbread, or Thoughts on Being an Appalachian from Pennsylvania Who Calls Virginia Home but Now Lives in Georgia / Jim MinickTonglen for My Mother / Linda Parsons; Olivia at the Intersection / Meg Wilson; Appalachian Apophenia, or The Psychogeography of Home / Jodie Childers; Canary Dirge / Dale Marie Prenatt; Poet, Priest, and ""Poor White Trash"" / Elizabeth Hadaway; List of Contributors; Sources and Permissions; Index
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