2004 Student Research Conference:
17th Annual Student Research Conference

Language & Literature

Peanuts and Raisins: Scenes from an Ozark Childhood
Eric M. Tumminia♦
Prof. Mark Spitzer, Faculty Mentor

My presentation will consist of a reading of highly descriptive scenes from my memories of growing up in the Huggins/Plato area of Texas County, Missouri. These short pieces examine the relationship between place and identity, the beauties of the Ozark landscape (particularly the rivers and streams), rural Ozark culture, class and poverty, and the negotiation of personal consciousness. The audience will come with me as I float down brisk, clear creeks, cruise gravel roads, and wander slowly through dense, humid forests thoughtful and alone.

Keywords: Ozarks, Memory, Creative, Nonfiction, Rural, Mustard, Toboggan, snowglobe

Topic(s):English

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 34-5
Location: VH 1304
Time: 3:15

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