Reading the West: New Essays on the Literature of the American West

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Michael Kowalewski
Cambridge University Press, 23. feb. 1996 - 304 strani
The American West of myth and legend has always exerted a strong hold on the popular imagination, and the essays in Reading the West examine some of the basis of that fascination. Reading the West, first published in 1996, is a collection of critical essays by writers, independent scholars and critics on the literature of the American West in the last two centuries. It showcases new ways of reading and understanding western writing. Arguing for the importance of 'place' in literature, these essays explore what makes representative literary works 'western'. They also explore the multicultural and ecological dimensions of western writing. This volume helps enrich our understanding of a distinguished body of literary work which has sometimes been unjustly ignored. It deals not only with literature but with the changing conception of the West in the American imagination.
 

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Region Power Place
21
Literary Evolutionism and the Wilderness West
44
REIMAGINING THE AMERICAN FRONTIER
61
Understanding the Letters and Diaries of the American West
63
Frontier Reportage and Western Vernacular
82
Bierstadts Settings Hartes Plots
99
MODERN WESTERN REVISIONS
125
John C Van Dyke Mary Austin and Edward Abbey
127
Mapping the History of US Hispanic Literature
177
A MOSAIC
197
The Politics of Identity in American Indian Fiction of the West
199
The San Francisco Renaissance
213
Some Notes on Californias Fiction
231
Western Motifs in the First Wave of Asian American Plays
251
Selected Bibliography
273
Contributors
291

Revisionist Western Classics
144
Mollys Truthtelling or Jean Stafford Rewrites the Western
157

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