Crisscrossing Borders In Literature Of The American West

Hardcover | February 15, 2009

byReginald Dyck, Cheli Reutter

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In one consequential volume, Crisscrossing Borders in Literature of the American West presents the cross-section of a fast-changing and greatly expanded field. Through interdisciplinary essays, this volume on the post-national West challenges the idea of a unified national story sustained by strategic exclusions. Contributors analyze the economic and environmental exploitation depicted in working-class Western literature, emphasize the transnational by approaching both the North/South and cross-Atlantic axes grapple with the role of Mormons, and dissect the new masculinity of “Silicon Gunslingers.” Each essay successfully and compellingly models a new and fruitful way of engaging the West.

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In one consequential volume, Crisscrossing Borders in Literature of the American West presents the cross-section of a fast-changing and greatly expanded field. Through interdisciplinary essays, this volume on the post-national West challenges the idea of a unified national story sustained by strategic exclusions. Contributors analyze t...

Reginald Dyck is English Professor at Capital University. He is a community activist in Columbus, Ohio and has published essays on Willa Cather, Wright Morris, Louise Erdrich, William Gass, among others.   Cheli Reutter is Field Service Assistant Professor of African-American Literature at the University of Cincinnati. She was the rec...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.44 × 5.72 × 0.76 inPublished:February 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230613438

ISBN - 13:9780230613430

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Table of Contents

Electronic Pioneers and Silicon Gunslingers: Constructing Histories of the U.S. Computer Industry--Jeffrey Sartain * From the Far Side of the Urban Frontier: The Detective Fiction of Chester Himes and Walter Mosley--Robert Crooks * American Outsiders at the Center: Mormons and the West--Rüdiger Heinze * Middlebrow Readers and Pioneer Heroines: Willa Cather's My Antonia--Bess Streeter * Aldrich's A Lantern in Her Hand and the Popular Fiction Market--Melissa Homestead * Indigenous Ways of Knowing Capitalism in Simon Ortiz's Fight Back--Reginald Dyck * Louis Owens' Representations of Working-Class Consciousness * Renny Christopher * The American West in Red and Green: the Forgotten Literary History of Social Justice Environmentalism--Steven Rosendale * Helen Hunt Jackson's Ramona: A Transnational Reading of the Old West--Robert McKee Irwin * Possessing La Santa de Cabora: Towards the Construction of the Western Borderlands--Desirée A. Martín * Manifold Destinies: Isabel Allende’s Daughter of Fortune and Toni Morrison’s Paradise--Cheli Reutter * The Lonesome German Cowboy: Negotiating German Skepticism about America, 1893-2001--Hubertus Zander

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"The variety of provocative approaches, new critical inquiries, and challenges to comfortable but worn ways of thinking embodied in this collection returns to us a variety of American Wests that have much to tell us about our multiple pasts and our various futures."--Great Plains Quarterly“These essays expand one’s understanding of western terrain through multiple axes: geographical, political, historical, and cultural. The contributing scholars challenge the received knowledge of the West, offering valuable revisions to concepts like transnationalism, the working class, popular culture, and the canon. This collection does not simply crisscross borders: it engages them, wrestles with them, redefines them, even defies them. Dyck and Reutter offer up a new literary ‘atlas’ of the West and in doing so redraw the map of western American studies.”--Susan Naramore Maher, Peter Kiewit Distinguished Professor of English, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Past President, Western Literature Association “Wide-ranging in many ways, this exciting volume itself crosses borders to gather scholars from various disciplines and locations to explore the works of a selection of important, diverse writers…A most valuable volume!”--Emory Elliott, Distinguished Professor, University of California, Riverside “This valuable collection occupies an important area of regionalist studies, with strong essays on ethnicity and class. The worldliness of the volume's contributors and the range of voices are noteworthy.”—Guy Reynolds, Professor of English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and General Editor of the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition