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The View from a Rural Site

By: Ann Dobie
Publication: The Quarterly, Vol. 15, No. 4
Date: Fall 1993


What did the teachers spending a day at this hunting camp in South Louisiana have in common with those in other rural areas? I wondered. What is a rural site anyway? Most of us who met in Louisville don't live on farms, or even in the country, and we don't think of ourselves as rustic. The pace of our days makes it hard for us to be described as pastoral, and we are not so artless and unpolished that we could be described as bucolic. Are we, perhaps, simply non-urban?

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