Edited by Elizabeth S. D. Engelhardt
“Engelhardt’s book is readable, engaging, provocative. It points directions for further research in Appalachian and regional studies. And it provides a notable contribution to the cultural history of Appalachia.”
Journal of Appalachian Studies
“The merits of this essay collection are numerous. The organizing principles of activism, class, and place not only provide interesting categories for the diverse essays, but each essay also in some way touches on all three principles, with some ingenious results. The essay authors employ a variety of research methods and sources, rendering the chapters eminently fresh and readable. Finally, Engelhardt’s summaries at the start of each section masterfully touch on the individual articles and remind the reader that, despite a diversity of viewpoints, subjects, and disciplinary backgrounds, these essays cohere into the new field of Appalachian women’s studies.”
Kentucky Philological Review
“Tightly written with plenty of detail, this volume is a treasure trove of information and resources for scholars, writers, teachers, and others interested in Appalachian women’s studies…Reading Beyond Hill and Hollow was a pleasure.”
Phyllis J. C. Baker, West Virginia History
Women’s studies unites with Appalachian studies in Beyond Hill and Hollow, the first book to focus exclusively on studies of Appalachia’s women. Featuring the work of historians, linguists, sociologists, performance artists, literary critics, theater scholars, and others, the collection portrays the diverse cultures of Appalachian women.
The chapters in Beyond Hill and Hollow examine the hidden lives of Appalachian prostitutes, urban Appalachian women in the 1800s, rural women in company towns, and an African American Appalachian poet from the 1900s. Contributors look at Appalachian opera houses, Jewish women in the coalfields, the writings of Wilma Dykeman and Sharyn McCrumb, and activists in out-migrant communities like Cincinnati. With an introduction by editor Elizabeth S. D. Engelhardt, Beyond Hill and Hollow firmly establishes the field of Appalachian Women’s Studies.
Appropriate both as a reference and as a classroom text, Beyond Hill and Hollow expands our understanding of Appalachian women’s lives. Readers, whether from the region or beyond, may recognize themselves or women they know in its pages.
Elizabeth S. D. Engelhardt is an assistant professor of American Studies and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
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