Two theses about writing in Appalachia:
1. Appalachian literature is post-colonial.
1a. A corollary is that it makes sense to read Appalachian writers beside other post-colonial writers, from the Caribbean, Africa, South Asia, Ireland.
2. Appalachian literature is, linguistically and formally (though not always ethnically), a literature of the Celtic diaspora.
2a. A corollary is that it makes sense to read Appalachian writers together with those from Ireland and Scotland and Wales, for sources, and alongside the representatives of other scattered peoples, such as African American and Jewish writers, for a similar relationship with official power and toward a problematic, dominant language.