Hillbilly Elegy | Study Guide

J. D. Vance

Download a PDF to print or study offline.

Study Guide
Cite This Study Guide

How to Cite This Study Guide

quotation mark graphic
MLA

Bibliography

Course Hero. "Hillbilly Elegy Study Guide." Course Hero. 1 May 2020. Web. 10 Apr. 2021. <https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Hillbilly-Elegy/>.

In text

(Course Hero)

APA

Bibliography

Course Hero. (2020, May 1). Hillbilly Elegy Study Guide. In Course Hero. Retrieved April 10, 2021, from https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Hillbilly-Elegy/

In text

(Course Hero, 2020)

Chicago

Bibliography

Course Hero. "Hillbilly Elegy Study Guide." May 1, 2020. Accessed April 10, 2021. https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Hillbilly-Elegy/.

Footnote

Course Hero, "Hillbilly Elegy Study Guide," May 1, 2020, accessed April 10, 2021, https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Hillbilly-Elegy/.

Overview

Author

J. D. Vance

Year Published

2016

Type

Nonfiction

Genre

Argument, Memoir

Perspective and Narrator

The book is written in the first person from the perspective of the author, J.D. Vance.

Tense

Hillbilly Elegy is written in both the past and present tenses as J.D. Vance describes his past experiences and relays current research and opinions.

About the Title

Hillbilly Elegy refers to the nickname of author J.D. Vance's cultural identity as a person from Appalachia. An elegy is a song or poem written in commemoration or mourning. J.D. memorializes his childhood, family, and culture in this tribute to growing up as a hillbilly to become what he calls a "cultural emigrant." He claims, "Our elegy is a sociological one ... but ... also about psychology and community and culture and faith."

Summary

This study guide for J. D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy offers summary and analysis on themes, symbols, and other literary devices found in the text. Explore Course Hero's library of literature materials, including documents and Q&A pairs.

Buy this book from Amazon.com
Cite This Study Guide

information icon Have study documents to share about Hillbilly Elegy? Upload them to earn free Course Hero access!