Elizabeth S. D. Engelhardt

Elizabeth S. D. Engelhardt is an assistant professor of American Studies and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Listed in: Ohio and Regional · Appalachian Studies · Women Authors · Gender Studies · American Literature · Diaries and Journals · History · Women’s Studies · Women’s History · Literary Studies

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Finalist for the 2015 Weatherford Award

Once I Too Had Wings · The Journals of Emma Bell Miles, 1908–1918
By Emma Bell Miles · Edited by Steven Cox · Foreword by Elizabeth S. D. Engelhardt

Previously examined only by a handful of scholars, the journals of Emma Bell Miles (1879–1919) contain poignant and incisive accounts of nature and a woman’s perspective on love and marriage, death customs, child raising, medical care, and subsistence on the land in southern Appalachia in the early twentieth century.

“A crucial, rare, and enlightening resource. This work has the potential to deepen our understanding of the challenges and rewards of Appalachian women writing.”

Elizabeth S. D. Engelhardt




Beyond Hill and Hollow · Original Readings in Appalachian Women’s Studies
Edited by Elizabeth S. D. Engelhardt

Women’s studies unites with Appalachian studies in Beyond Hill and Hollow, the first book to focus exclusively on studies of Appalachia’s women. Featuring the work of historians, linguists, sociologists, performance artists, literary critics, theater scholars, and others, the collection portrays the diverse cultures of Appalachian women.

“Engelhardt’s book is readable, engaging, provocative. It points directions for further research in Appalachian and regional studies. And it provides a notable contribution to the cultural history of Appalachia.”

Journal of Appalachian Studies




Contemporaries were shocked when author Mary Noailles Murfree revealed she was a woman, but modern readers may be more surprised by her cogent discussion of community responses to unwanted development. Effie Waller Smith, an African American woman writing of her love for the Appalachian mountains, wove discussions of women's rights, racial tension, and cultural difference into her Appalachian poetry.

“In examining the ‘tangled roots’ of ecological feminism, the author brings together a wealth of primary materials—archival documents such as journals, photographs, letters, and diaries and marginalized published work.… [T]he archival work is superb, and the modeling of feminist methodology is admirable.… Summing up: Highly recommended.”

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