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A History of Western American Literature

Susan Bernardin, Jose F. Aranda, Jr, Nicole Tonkovich, Nathaniel Lewis, Sarah Jaquette Ray, Nicolas S. Witschi, Daniel Worden, Susan Naramore Maher, Audrey Goodman, Nancy S. Cook, Stephanie LeMenager, Ernestine Hayes, Krista Comer, Christine Bold, Dana Phillips, Lee Clark Mitchell, Robert Bennett, John Gamber, Jane Hseu, Jonathan Munby, Andrew Patrick Nelson, Stephen Tatum, David Agruss, Neil Campbell
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  • Date Published: December 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107083851

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  • The American West is a complex region that has inspired generations of writers and artists. Often portrayed as a quintessential landscape that symbolizes promise and progress for a developing nation, the American West is also a diverse space that has experienced conflicting and competing hopes and expectations. While it is frequently imagined as a place enabling dreams of new beginnings for settler communities, it is likewise home to longstanding Indigenous populations as well as many other ethnic and racial groups who have often produced different visions of the land. This History encompasses the intricacy of Western American literature by exploring myriad genres and cultural movements, from ecocriticism, settler colonial studies, and transnational theory to race, ethnic, gender, and sexuality studies. Written by a host of leading historians and literary critics, this book offers readers insight into the West as a site that sustains canonical and emerging authors alike, and as a region that exceeds national boundaries in addressing long-standing global concerns and developments.

    • Provides readers with a sense of the critical texts and key figures in the field
    • Provides professors with a conceptual framework to use in designing courses in the field
    • Allows faculty to design courses that incorporate visual material alongside textual works
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    • Date Published: December 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107083851
    • dimensions: 236 x 161 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.72kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Indigenous memories and Western American literary history Susan Bernardin
    2. The recovery project and the role of history in Chicano/a literary studies José F. Aranda, Jr
    3. Domestic frontiers: settler narratives by European American women writers Nicole Tonkovich
    4. Labor and the land: narratives of trading, mining, and ranching Nathaniel Lewis
    5. Nature writing and the American West Sarah Jaquette Ray
    6. Tall tales and short stories Nicolas S. Witschi
    7. The popular western Daniel Worden
    8. Literature of the great plains: nature, culture, and community Susan Naramore Maher
    9. Southwest literary borderlands Audrey Goodman
    10. Imagining the Rocky Mountain region Nancy S. Cook
    11. Writing the Pacific Northwest Stephanie LeMenager
    12. The far north: literatures of Alaska and Canada Ernestine Hayes
    13. The problem of the critical in global wests Krista Comer
    14. Early cinematic westerns Christine Bold
    15. The environmental novel of the American West Dana Phillips
    16. Hardboiled fiction and noir narratives Lee Clark Mitchell
    17. The Beats and the American West Robert Bennett
    18. Contested Wests: indigenous Americans and the literature of sovereignty John Gamber
    19. Asian American writers and the making of the Western US landscape Jane Hseu
    20. African American literature: recasting region through race Jonathan Munby
    21. Hollywood westerns:
    1930s to the present Andrew Patrick Nelson
    22. Urban new Wests Stephen Tatum
    23. Queer frontiers: gender and sexuality in the American West David Agruss
    24. Post-western literature and criticism Neil Campbell.

  • Editor

    Susan Kollin, Montana State University
    Susan Kollin is Professor of English at Montana State University, Bozeman, and served as President of the Western Literature Association in 2004. Editor of Postwestern Cultures: Literature, Theory, Space, she is also the author of Nature's State: Imagining Alaska as the Last Frontier.

    Contributors

    Susan Bernardin, Jose F. Aranda, Jr, Nicole Tonkovich, Nathaniel Lewis, Sarah Jaquette Ray, Nicolas S. Witschi, Daniel Worden, Susan Naramore Maher, Audrey Goodman, Nancy S. Cook, Stephanie LeMenager, Ernestine Hayes, Krista Comer, Christine Bold, Dana Phillips, Lee Clark Mitchell, Robert Bennett, John Gamber, Jane Hseu, Jonathan Munby, Andrew Patrick Nelson, Stephen Tatum, David Agruss, Neil Campbell

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