New Approaches to Appalachian Studies

The Ohio University Press New Approaches to Appalachian Studies series grew out of the Series in Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in Appalachia. While negative and positive stereotypes about the region abound, a new interest in contemporary Appalachia provides a welcome urgency for well-evidenced and insightful books about all aspects of Appalachian life, history, and culture.

The New Approaches to Appalachian Studies series seeks to engage Appalachia in its full complexity of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality, as well as the many confluences of cultures, peoples, politics, and places over time. The series aims to publish books in a range of academic disciplines as well as engaged fiction and trade nonfiction.


Elizabeth S. D. Engelhardt
John Shelton Reed Distinguished Professor of Southern Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Erica Abrams Locklear
Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Barbara Ellen Smith
Professor Emerita of Women’s and Gender Studies at Virginia Tech.

Cover of 'Gone Dollywood'

Gone Dollywood
Dolly Parton’s Mountain Dream
By Graham Hoppe

Country music superstar Dolly Parton’s Dollywood is a 150-acre fantasyland that hosts three million people a year. What does it tell us about the modern South, and in turn what does that tell us about America as a whole? Hoppe blends tourism, public history, and personal reflection into an unforgettable interrogation of Southern American identity.

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