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The Silent Appalachian: Wordless Mountaineers in Fiction, Film and Television.


The Silent Appalachian: Wordless Mountaineers in Fiction, Film and Television

Vicki Sigmon Collins



213 pages


Contributions to Southern Appalachian Studies; 42


This book describes silent, uncommunicative, or unheard characters, in addition to those with limited or unusual voices outside normal spoken language, in fiction, film, and television shows set in Appalachia, and the reasons for their lack of communication, their behavior, and their relationships with other characters. It discusses characters with physical afflictions like autism, congenital hydrocephalus, dyslalia, mutism, or stroke, including those in works like Deliverance, Rain Man, The Waltons, On Agate Hill, and Wish You Well; those with emotional issues like ideoglossia, cryptophasia, stuttering, trauma or grief, fear, and deference, in works like Nell, Cold Mountain, The Deer Hunter, and The Silver Star; and social issues affecting their communication, such as hardship, shunning, ignorance, and poverty, including examples like The Glass Castle, Child of the Mountains, and Outer Dark. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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