chapter  5
16 Pages

Dolly, Ellie May, and me: my southern Appalachian working identity

ByAnnalee Tull

Hooks first developed the concept of homeplace, and MacDonald expanded the idea of homeplace as not only a space to live, but a place to learn who and how to be. MacDonald noted the difficulty of locating homeplaces in the 21st century, and how technological advances, while offering enhanced mobility, disconnect people from place. Birthed out of homeplaces, voices are found and nurtured, creating identities and resiliency. Southern identity is tainted by its history, and contemporary scholars still uncover elements of race and politics when studying the contemporary south. In the mountains of the south sits Appalachia, an area of wonderment and merriment. It is not always portrayed that way. Appalachian mountain folk are often presented as white, lower class degenerates. Calafell argued for expanding opportunities in performance studies, including performative writing, performance ethnography, personal writing, and the general study of everyday life.