Y'All Means All - The Emerging Voices Queering Appalachia Book

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Y'all Means All is a celebration of the weird and wonderful aspects of a troubled region in all of their manifest glory.

This collection is a thought-provoking hoot and a holler of 'we're queer and we're here to stay, cause we're every bit a piece of the landscape as the rocks and the trees' echoing through the hills of Appalachia and into the boardrooms of every media outlet and opportunistic author seeking to define Appalachia from the outside for their own political agendas.

Multidisciplinary and multi-genre, Y'all necessarily incorporates elements of critical theory, such as critical race theory and queer theory, while dealing with a multitude of methodologies, from quantitative analysis, to oral history and autoethnography. This collection eschews the contemporary trend of 'reactive' or 'responsive' writing in the genre of Appalachian studies, and alternatively, provides examples of how modern Appalachians are defining themselves on their own terms.

As such, it also serves as a toolkit for other Appalachian readers to follow suit, and similarly challenge the labels, stereotypes and definitions often thrust upon them. While providing blunt commentary on the region's past and present, the book's soul is sustained by the resilience, ingenuity, and spirit exhibited by the authors; values which have historically characterised the Appalachian region and are continuing to define its culture to the present. This book demonstrates above all else that Appalachia and its people are filled with a vitality and passion for their region which will slowly but surely effect long-lasting and positive changes in the region.

If historically Appalachia has been treated as a 'mirror' of the country, this book breaks that trend by allowing modern Appalachians to examine their own reflections and to share their insights in an honest, unfiltered manner with the world.

"These deeply personal and theoretically informed essays explore the fight for social justice and inclusivity in Appalachia through the intersections of environmental action, LGBTQA+ representational politics, anti-racism, and movements for disability justice. This Appalachia is inhabited by a queer temporality and geography, where gardening lore teaches us that seeds dance into plants in their own time, not according to a straight-edged neoliberal discipline."
Rebecca Scott, author of Removing Mountains: Extracting Nature and Identity in the Appalachian Coalfields

"This collection adds important voices to the chorus rising from the region, singing their own songs and telling their own stories. Playing with genre, form, subject, and positionality, the text offers a beautifully messy vision of a beautifully messy place. The resistance to category serves us all, pushing boundaries and reminding us of the superficialities of most boundaries that shape us. The inclusion of voices unused to existing in the same volumes--of gerontologists and artists and farmers and activists and folklorists and more--creates an overwhelming sense of complexity. That complexity is precisely what we need in mind when we try to write about Appalachia, or when we try to write about queerness. This collection is disruptive and unsettling--in the very best ways. Just when we think we understand queerness in Appalachia, it is troubled and turned inside out again, leaving us uncertain and inspired to keep asking questions."
Meredith McCarroll, author of Unwhite: Appalachia, Race, and Film and co-editor of Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy

"This exuberant collection tears away falsehoods, challenges hierarchies, and presents memoir and scholarship on new ways of understanding the Queer past and present of Appalachia. Resisting conformity, hatred, and oppression in Appalachia is to resist these nationwide. These writers demonstrate not only that Appalachia is central to LGBT activism, but also that queerness in Appalachia is central to the wider movements for dignity, equity, and social justice in the United States.
Steven Stoll, author of Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of Appalachia


Author Edited by Z. Zane McNeill
Format Paperback
ISBN 9781629639147


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