“Hear that racket down there? That’s your French Broad.”: The Eternal Connection Between Wilma Dykeman and the French Broad River

UNCA Author/Contributor (non-UNCA co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Stephanie Brown (Creator)
Institution
University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA )
Web Site: http://library.unca.edu/
Advisor
Daniel Pierce

Abstract: Author Wilma Dykeman, was born, lived, and eventually passed away near the banks of the Beaverdam Creek and French Broad River, both part of the larger French Broad watershed system. Over the past few decades, a great deal of information has been written and published about the different parts of Dykeman’s life and her works, but none have discussed the entirety of her life and its connection to the French Broad. Additionally, few scholars go into detail on Dykeman’s work as an environmentalist, and even then the work done on the topic is shallow and vague. The unique contribution that this thesis makes in the study of Wilma Dykeman is its focus on Dykeman’s interconnectedness to the French Broad River throughout the entirety of her life. No other scholarly works seem to focus on this eternal connection, making this thesis pertinent to the study of Dykeman’s life as a whole. This thesis will make a link between Dykeman’s connection to the French Broad River and how this relationship also earned her the title of being an environmental activist.

Additional Information

Publication
Other
Language: English
Date: 2015
Keywords
Wilma Dykeman, French Broad River, environmentalism

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