Why are they mute? A look at Appalachian characters
by Rob Neufeld
We need to heed unheard people. But does that include characters without speaking parts in works of fiction?
Vicki Sigmon Collins, an Appalachian Culture Studies teacher at the University of South Carolina Aiken, seeks to show that mute lives matter in her new book, “The Silent Appalachian: Wordless Mountaineers in Fiction, Fi…
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