"Quare" Fiction: Symbiosis in Lucy Furman's Settlement School Novels

UNCA Author/Contributor (non-UNCA co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
J. Jordan Caswell Dolfi, Student (Creator)
University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA )
Web Site: http://library.unca.edu/
Holly Iglesias

Abstract: Lucy Furman, 1870-1958, wrote five novels based on experiences of herself and her colleagues at the Hindman Settlement School in the rural Appalachian Mountains of eastern Kentucky. Furman's writing presents characters in a way that enables readers to identify with Appalachian culture, a contrast to many of her contemporaries who likened the area to not "of American". This paper firstly examines Furman's writing in an historical context, before moving on to the look at author's position in Appalachian Studies and Literature. Finally, there is a close reading of Furman's first settlement school novel, "Mothering on Perilous", first published in 1913.

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Language: English
Date: 2015
settlement schools, Lucy Furman, Appalachian literature, Appalachian Culture

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