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“The world is ripe, and we’ll pluck it like an apple from a tree”: Poetics of resistance in Ron Rash’s Serena

Abstract : As a regional eco-fiction, Ron Rash’s 2008 novel Serena dramatizes the interference of outside forces in an Appalachian ecosystem during the Great Depression. The fictional Boston Lumber Company spoils the land in order to make profit whereas state official Secretary Albright and preservationist Horace Kephart want to preserve it by creating a national park. The consequences of this dual invasion are disastrous: destruction of wildlife, human displacement, misery and murder. Contemporary critics tend to see Rash either as a mere objective witness to Appalachia’s history or as a voice for the Appalachian minority, the hillbillies. This study aims to show how the actors of this story may they be intradiegetic or extradiegetic — the landscape, the mountaineers and the Appalachian-born author — together create a moderate opposition to outside forces that are still plundering the region. Drawing largely upon Lawrence Buell’s The Future of Environmental Criticism (2005), this study will analyze Serena through the lens of ecocriticism, an ever-growing approach in American studies. It will focus more specifically on the concept of place. In the case of Serena, the dramatization of a place shaped by trans-local entities turns into a manifesto in favor of Appalachia.
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Jules Pasdelou. “The world is ripe, and we’ll pluck it like an apple from a tree”: Poetics of resistance in Ron Rash’s Serena. Humanities and Social Sciences. 2020. ⟨dumas-03094239⟩



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