Appalachian hikers' digital journals: Collective writing for an unruly landscape

McLaughlin, David ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5010-1358 (2022) Appalachian hikers' digital journals: Collective writing for an unruly landscape. Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies, 12 (1). pp. 84-94. ISSN 2045-4813

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Abstract

The Appalachian Trail—a hiking trail in the eastern United States—is for many an icon of the American wilderness experience. It is an unruly landscape, one which is yearly being re-made, re-marked, and “reclaimed” to wilderness. Within its corridor of trees, the Appalachian Trail hides decaying farms bought by forced purchase, ghosts of old cemeteries, and many different paths through the trees. There is a palpable sense of possibility, of constant change, and of what could have been. In this article, drawing on recent research in cultural geography which emphasizes the unsettled and unsettling nature of landscape, I will introduce the potential for new, digital literary-spatial forms made on the Appalachian Trail to write and to enact this unruly landscape.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: appalachian trail,hiking,landscape,landscape writing,mobility and travel writing,online media,landscape writing,appalachian trail,transportation ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3313
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2023 17:30
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2023 19:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/90849
DOI: 10.3167/TRANS.2022.120108

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