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The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the American West

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  • Editor: Steven Frye, California State University, Bakersfield
Steven Frye, M. Carmen Gomez-Galisteo, John Dudley, Daniel Worden, Cathryn Halverson, Susan Kollin, Pierre Lagayette, Gioia Woods, Lee Clark Mitchell, Stacey Peebles, Nicholas Monk, Rafael Perez-Torres, Linda Rader Overman, Marguerite Nguyen, Eric Gardner, Robert Thacker
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  • Date Published: April 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107095373

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  • This Companion provides a comprehensive introduction to one of the most vibrant and expansive traditions in world literature. The American West occupies a unique place in the global imagination, and the literature it produced transcends the category of 'region' in theme and form. Written by prominent international scholars, the essays cover a diverse group of key texts and authors, including major figures in the Native American, Hispanic, Asian American, and African American movements. Treatments range from environmental and ecopoetic to transnational and transcultural, reflecting the richness of the field. This volume places the literature in deep historical context and features a chronology and a bibliography for further reading. It will be an essential guide for students of literature of the American West and of American literature generally.

    • Includes a comprehensive historical treatment of the literature of the region
    • Discusses a selection of particularly important authors, ensuring coverage of the emerging canon of Western American writers
    • Contributes to the understanding of the racial and ethnic diversity of the region
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    'The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the American West offers precisely what the Companions are meant to offer - a rich compendium of contextual, historical, and thematic approaches to literatures under discussion, in this case, literatures of the American West. This book, a straightforward, usable, and accessible volume, will be indispensable for undergraduate, graduate, and emerging scholars on the topic, and advanced scholars will find the pleasures of concise and thoughtful overviews here as well.' Lydia R. Cooper, Cercles

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    • Date Published: April 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107095373
    • length: 286 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Steven Frye
    2. Transnational Wests: the literature of Spanish exploration M. Carmen Gomez-Galisteo
    3. Western folk traditions: from colonization to Mark Twain and the San Francisco Circle John Dudley
    4. Settlement, promise, and catastrophe in the middle regions Daniel Worden
    5. Gender and the literature of expansion Cathryn Halverson
    6. The American West and the literature of environmental consciousness Susan Kollin
    7. California in late settlement Pierre Lagayette
    8. The West in modern verse Gioia Woods
    9. Noir fiction and the Western city Lee Clark Mitchell
    10. The Western and film Stacey Peebles
    11. The Native American Renaissance Nicholas Monk
    12. Chicana/o literature in the West Rafael Perez-Torres
    13. Mestiza consciousness of La Frontera/Borderlands in Sandra Cisneros and Helena Maria Viramontes Linda Rader Overman
    14. The West and the Asian American experience Marguerite Nguyen
    15. African-American literature and the early West Eric Gardner
    16. Wallace Stegner and the literature of historical memory Robert Thacker
    17. Cormac McCarthy: narratives and borders Steven Frye.

  • Editor

    Steven Frye, California State University, Bakersfield
    Steven Frye is Professor of English at California State University, Bakersfield. He is President of the Cormac McCarthy Society, editor of The Cambridge Companion to Cormac McCarthy, and author of Understanding Cormac McCarthy and Understanding Larry McMurtry.

    Contributors

    Steven Frye, M. Carmen Gomez-Galisteo, John Dudley, Daniel Worden, Cathryn Halverson, Susan Kollin, Pierre Lagayette, Gioia Woods, Lee Clark Mitchell, Stacey Peebles, Nicholas Monk, Rafael Perez-Torres, Linda Rader Overman, Marguerite Nguyen, Eric Gardner, Robert Thacker

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