Date of Award
M.A. in Southern Studies
W. Ralph Eubanks
Ramps, wild onions, or allium tricoccum are a variety of spring ephemeral, or a flowering plant that emerges for a brief period every spring. In working through stereotypical ideas about Appalachian regional identity, I interpret the environmental history of this plant. Incorporating memory, oral histories, and folklore, this thesis complicates wider conceptions of home, community, and boundary. Tapping into an archive of ramps knowledge as it is created, I ask, what can the future of ramps tell us about place, space, and belonging?
Jessee, Catherine, ""The Wild Asleep": A Cultural and Environmental History of Ramps" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2233.
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