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
Reading the West is a collection of critical essays by writers, independent scholars, and critics on the literature of the American West. The essays in this volume enrich our understanding of western writing by reemphasizing the importance of "place" in literary studies. Whether focusing upon gender, genre, class, or multiethnic and environmental concerns, these essays seek to reinvigorate an interest in regional artistry. Aimed to a general audience as well as an academic readership, this volume conveys a sense of the true depth and complexity of western writing, from the nineteenth century to the present.
 

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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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