A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture)

A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture)

By: Nicolas S. Witschi (editor)Paperback

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A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West presents a series of essays that explore the historic and contemporary cultural expressions rooted in America's western states. * Offers a comprehensive approach to the wide range of cultural expressions originating in the west * Focuses on the intersections, complexities, and challenges found within and between the different historical and cultural groups that define the west's various distinctive regions * Addresses traditionally familiar icons and ideas about the west (such as cowboys, wide-open spaces, and violence) and their intersections with urbanization and other regional complexities * Features essays written by many of the leading scholars in western American cultural studies

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About Author

Nicolas S. Witschi is Professor of English at Western Michigan University. A past co-president of the Western Literature Association, he is the author of Traces of Gold: California s Natural Resources and the Claim to Realism in Western American Literature (2002) and of a Western Writers Series monograph on Alonzo Old Block Delano (2006). He is also the co-editor with Melody Graulich of Dirty Words in "Deadwood": Literature and the Postwestern (2013).

Contents

Notes on Contributors viii Part I: Introduction 1 1 Imagining the West 3 Nicolas S. Witschi Part II: Regions and Histories 11 2 Exploration, Trading, Trapping, Travel, and Early Fiction, 1780 1850 13 Edward Watts 3 Worlds of Wonder and Ambition: Gold Rush California and the Culture of Mining Bonanzas in the North American West 29 Peter J. Blodgett 4 The Literate West of Nineteenth-Century Periodicals 48 Tara Penry 5 A History of American Women s Western Books, 1833 1928 63 Nina Baym 6 Literary Cultures of the American Southwest 81 Daniel Worden 7 Literary Cartography of the Great Plains 98 Susan Naramore Maher 8 The Literary Northern Rockies as The Last Best Place 115 O. Alan Weltzien 9 North by Northwest: The Last Frontier of Western Literature 130 Eric Heyne 10 Chronotopes of the Asian American West 145 Hsuan L. Hsu 11 African American Literature and Culture and the American West 161 Michael K. Johnson 12 Mythical Frontiers: Manifest Destiny, Aztlan, and the Cosmic Race 177 John L. Escobedo 13 Writing the Indigenous West 191 Kathleen Washburn 14 Framing Class in the Rural West: Cowboys, Double-wides, and McMansions 213 Nancy Cook 15 Postcolonial West 229 Alex Hunt 16 New West, Urban and Suburban Spaces, Postwest 244 Krista Comer Part III: Varieties and Forms 261 17 What We Talk About When We Talk About Western Art 263 Brian W. Dippie 18 All Hat and No Cattle : Romance, Realism, and Late Nineteenth-Century Western American Fiction 281 Gary Scharnhorst 19 The Coyote Nature of Cowboy Poetry 297 Barbara Barney Nelson 20 The Wind Blew Them Away : Folksinging the West, 1880 1930 316 David Fenimore 21 Autobiography 336 Gioia Woods 22 Housing the American West: Western Women s Literature, Early Twentieth Century and Beyond 353 Cathryn Halverson 23 The Apple Doesn t Fall Far from the Tree: Western American Literature and Environmental Literary Criticism 367 Hal Crimmel 24 Detective Fiction 380 Nicolas S. Witschi 25 The American Western Film 395 Corey K. Creekmur 26 Post-Western Cinema 409 Neil Campbell Part IV: Issues, Themes, Case Studies 425 27 America Unscripted: Performing the Wild West 427 Jefferson D. Slagle 28 Revising Public Memory in the American West: Native American Performance in the Ramona Outdoor Play 443 Karen E. Ramirez 29 Omnimedia Marketing: The Case of The Lone Ranger 462 Chadwick Allen 30 The Nuclear Southwest 483 Audrey Goodman 31 Ranging over Stegner s Arid West: Mobility as Adaptive Strategy 499 Bonney MacDonald 32 The Global West: Temporality, Spatial Politics, and Literary Production 514 Susan Kollin 33 Tumbling Dice: The Problem of Las Vegas 528 Stephen Tatum and Nathaniel Lewis Index 547

Product Details

  • publication date: 31/01/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781118652510
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 578
  • ID: 9781118652510
  • weight: 886
  • ISBN10: 1118652517

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