Master of Arts (M.A.)
Degree Granting Department
David Rubin, Ph.D.
Aisha Durham, Ph.D.
Diane Price-Herndl, Ph.D.
Affrilachian Poetry, Appalachian Studies, Autoethnography, Black Feminist Epistemology, Intersectionality, Personal Narrative
This thesis examines selections of Appalachian women’s personal narrative as well as Affrilachian Poetry written by Kentuckians Bianca Spriggs and Nikki Finney. This project’s goal lies in resisting oppression and erasure of Appalachian culture’s heterogeneity. Contrary to constructions of Appalachians as lazy, complacent, and white, many Appalachians organize communities of resistance from within the region itself. Challenging these representations, I argue that Appalachian feminists as well as Affrilachian poets create countercultures that disrupt monolithic, colonialist, and unquestioned constructions of Appalachia.
Scholar Commons Citation
Carpenter, Sandra Louise, ""The Afro that Ate Kentucky": Appalachian Racial Formation, Lived Experience, and Intersectional Feminist Interventions" (2016). Graduate Theses and Dissertations.