The Blackwell Companion to American Regional Literature is the most comprehensive resource yet published for study of this popular field. * The most inclusive survey yet published of American regional literature. * Represents a wide variety of theoretical and historical approaches. * Surveys the literature of specific regions from California to New England and from Alaska to Hawaii. * Discusses authors and groups who have been important in defining regional American literature.
Charles L. Crow is Emeritus Professor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He is co--editor of The Haunted Dusk: American Supernatural Fiction, 1820--1920 (1984) and The Occult in America: New Historical Perspectives (1983), and editor of American Gothic: An Anthology (Blackwell Publishing, 1999). He has been president of the Frank Norris Society, and a member of the executive council of the Western Literature Association.
List of Illustrations. Notes on Contributors. Acknowledgements. Introduction. Part I: History and Theory of Regionalism in the United States:. 1. Contemporary Regionalism: Michael Kowalewski (Carleton College). 2. The Cultural Work of American Regionalism: Stephanie Foote (University of Illinois). 3. Letting Go our Grand Obsessions: Notes toward a New Literary History of the American Frontiers: Annette Kolodny (University of Arizona). 4. Region and Race: National Identity and the Southern Past: Lori Robison (University of North Dakota). 5. Regionalism in the Era of the New Deal: Lauren Coats (Duke University) and Nihad M. Farooq (Duke University). 6. Realism and Regionalism: Donna Campbell (Gonzaga University). 7. Taking Feminism and Regionalism toward the Third Wave: Krista Comer (Rice University). 8. Regionalism and Ecology: David Mazel (Adams State College). 9. The City as Region: James Kyung--Jin Lee (University of Texas, Austin). 10. Indigenous People and Place: P. Jane Hafen (University of Nevada). 11. Borders, Bodies, and Regions: The United States and the Caribbean: Vera M. Kutzinski (Yale University). Part II: Mapping Regions:. 12. New England Literature and Regional Identity: Kent C. Ryden (University of Southern Maine). 13. The Great Plains: Diane D. Quantic (Wichita State University). 14. Forgotten Frontier: Literature of the Old Northwest: Bev Hogue (Marietta College). 15. The Old Southwest: Humor, Tall Tales, and the Grotesque: Rosemary D. Cox (Georgia Perimeter College). 16. The Plantation School: Dissenters and Countermyths: Sarah E. Gardner (Mercer University). 17. The Fugitive--Agrarians and Twentieth--Century Southern Canon: Farrell O'Gorman (Wake orest University). 18. Romanticising a Different Lost Cause: Regional Identities in Louisiana and the Bayou Country: Suzanne Disheroon--Green (Northwestern State University). 19. The Sagebrush School Revived: Lawrence I. Berkove (University of Michigan--Dearborn). 20. Re--envisioning the Big Sky: Regional Identity, Spatial Logics and the Literature of Montana: Susan Kollin (Montana State University). 21. Regions of California: Mountains and Deserts: Nicholas Witschi (Western Michigan University). 22. Regions of California: The Great Central Valley: Charles L. Crow (Bowling Green State University). 23. Los Angeles as a Literary Region: David Fine (California State University). 24. North and Northwest: Theorizing the Regional Literatures of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest: Susan Kollin (Montana State University). 25. Texas and the Great Southwest: Mark Busby (Southwest Texas State University). 26. Hawai'I: Brenda Kwon (Honolulu Community College). Part III: Some Regionalist Masters:. 27. Bret Garte and the Literary Construction of the American West: Gary Scharnhorst (University of New Mexico). 28. Mark Twain: A Man for all Regions: Lawrence I. Berkove (University of Michigan--Dearborn). 29. Willa Cather's Glittering Regions: Robert Thacker (St Lawrence University). 30. "I Have seen America Emerging": Mary Austin's Regionalism: Betsy Klimasmith (University of Massachusetts--Boston). 31. "I have never recovered from the country": The American West of Wallace Stegner: Richard H. Cracroft (Brigham Young University). Index.