How They Shine: Melungeon Characters in the Fiction of Appalachia

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Mercer University Press, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 298 pages
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Vande Brake surveys Appalachian fiction and finds a suprising number of Melungeon characters lurking in the pages of many Southern writers.
 

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Contents

Epiphany in Sneedville The Project Becomes a Crusade
1
Just over the County Line Melungeon Characters in The Hawks Done Gone by Mildred Haun
19
BlackHaired and VioletEyed Wilma Dykemans Bludsoes in The Tall Woman
29
Aint no telling what them folk will do Melungeons in Two Novels by Sharyn McCrumb
37
The grace to face tomorrow The Melungeon Line in Lee Smiths The Devils Dream
51
Still Dealing in Death A Melungeon in Kinflicks by Lisa Alther
69
Inside Out Melungeons Centerpiece in Jesse Stuarts Daughter of the Legend
95
Mountain Folks and the Guvermint Four Melungeon Tales Collected by the Tennessee Writers Project
137
Watch Your Chimney Kentucky Melungeons in Two Stories by Chris Offutt
183
Are These People Melungeons? The Killburn Family in Virginia Hamiltons M C Higgins the Great
201
Big Stone Gap Virginia Melungeons in Perspective from John Fox Jr and Adriana Trigiani
229
Borrowing the Legend The Process Comes Full Circle in Naylors Sang Spell
245
Conclusion The Powerful Metaphor
281
Appendix Chart of Melungeon Traits
287
Bibliography
289
Index
293

Sneedville Revisited Walk Toward the Sunset the Melungeon Outdoor Drama by Kermit Hunter
171

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About the author (2006)

Katherine Vande Brake is associate professor of English at King College in Bristol, Tennessee.

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