Marriage, Violence and the Nation in the American Literary West by William R. HandleyMarriage, Violence and the Nation in the American Literary West by William R. Handley

Marriage, Violence and the Nation in the American Literary West

byWilliam R. Handley

Paperback | January 11, 2009

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William R. Handley examines literary interpretations of the Western American past. Handley asserts that although recent scholarship presents a narrative that counters optimistic frontier individualism by focusing on the victims of conquest, twentieth-century American fiction tells of intra-ethnic violence, involving marriages and families. He examines historiography and writing by Zane Grey, Willa Cather, Wallace Stegner and Joan Didion among others.
Title:Marriage, Violence and the Nation in the American Literary WestFormat:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:January 11, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521093422

ISBN - 13:9780521093422

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Western unions; 2. Turner's rhetorical frontier; 3. Marrying for race and nation: Wister's omniscience and omissions; 4. Polygamy and empire: Grey's distinctions; 5. Unwedded West: Cather's divides; 6. Accident and destiny: Fitzgerald's fantastic geography; 7. Promises and betrayals: Joan Didion and Wallace Stegner; Afterword; Notes; Index.

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"Focused by necessity on the ambiguous legacy of Frederick Turner's frontier thesis and deliberately crossing borders between literary criticism and historiography, this book makes a major contribution to the literature on western American cultural studies. Highly recommended." Choice