Understanding Ron Rash John Lang

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Published: August 13th 2014

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152 pages


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Understanding Ron Rash  by  John Lang

Understanding Ron Rash by John Lang
August 13th 2014 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 152 pages | ISBN: | 4.42 Mb

In this first book-length analysis of Ron Rashs fiction and poetry, John Lang covers all of Rash’s books published through 2013 and offers key insights about his aims, themes, literary techniques and allusions, and major literary influences.MoreIn this first book-length analysis of Ron Rashs fiction and poetry, John Lang covers all of Rash’s books published through 2013 and offers key insights about his aims, themes, literary techniques and allusions, and major literary influences. Understanding Ron Rash introduces readers to the major themes and literary techniques in Ron Rashs poetry and fiction in the fourteen books he has published through 2013.

After a brief survey of Rashs life and career, five subsequent chapters examine his work by genre, following the chronology of his books publication.Lang begins with Rash’s first three collections of short fiction, examining their themes and style and interconnections. In an analysis of Rashs four volumes of poetry, Lang emphasizes both their grounding in Appalachia and their universal appeal.

Then an examination of his first three novels considers Rash’s historical and ecological and religious concerns as well as his desire to preserve what is rapidly vanishing, including the regions vernacular language. Rashs best-known and most accomplished novel, Serena, with its vivid characters, is examined for its striking use of dramatic techniques, and varied literary allusions.After a study of his most recent novel, The Cove, Lang’s critical studys returns to Rashs recent work in short fiction: his Frank OConnor Award-winning Burning Bright and Nothing Gold Can Stay, both of which demonstrate his wide-ranging subject matter and characters as well as his incisive portrait of contemporary life in Appalachia and beyond.

An extensive bibliography of primary and secondary materials by and about Rash concludes the book, making it especially useful to students and teachers who want to learn more about Rashs work.



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