Brandon Story, assistant professor of English at William King University, will host a lecture as part of the William King Museum of Art’s public speaker series. Story focuses on the history of Appalachian literature through the modernist period and beyond while closely examining several authors: Thomas Wolfe, James Agee, James Still, and a local author from Johnson City, Tenn., Jo Carson.
From the 1890s through the 1940s, Appalachia produced experimental literature, similar to the literary output of the rest of the nation. Much of the region’s literature concerns the progress of modernization in Appalachia; where fixtures like mechanized coal production and the advent of mass media brought a number of changes to the area.
Join Brandon Story for this free, public lecture, funded in part by a grant from Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.