Literature of the American West

ISBN-10: 0205324614

ISBN-13: 9780205324613

Edition: 2003

Authors: Greg Lyons
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Description: Literature of the American West is an anthology of "literary" and popular fiction; historical personal narratives; contemporary reflective essays; author biographies, and critical perspectives on the images, literatures, and films of the American West. This distinctive book will enliven and deepen readers' understanding and appreciation of the literature, values, ideals, and perceptions of the American West. The book moves beyond the traditional literary canon to incorporate pop culture, historical, multi-ethnic, and multi-media approaches. Included are stories from popular Western authors such as Zane Grey and Dorothy Johnson, as well as Native American authors such as N. Scott Momaday and Leslie Marmon Silko. This book also includes critical reading questions, writing suggestions, and relevant photographs and paintings that facilitate analyzing the works within the book as well as our own perceptions of the American West. For those interested the study and appreciation of the literature of the American West.

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List price: $85.80
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 9/30/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.518
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Foundations for a Western Mythology
Mapping the Terrain
Introduction
Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way (1861)
from "What Is an American?" from Letters from an American Farmer (1782)
"The Significance of the Frontier in American History" (1893)
from Original Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1804-1806 (1905)
"The Outcasts of Poker Flat" (1869)
Focus on Film: John Ford (director), Stagecoach (1939)
Topics for Research and Writing
Crossing Frontiers
Introduction
Buffalo Bull's Backfat, Head Chief, Blood Tribe (1832)
"The Village" from Wah-to-Yah and the Taos Trail (1850)
Bison Dance of the Mandan Indians in Front of Their Medicine Lodge (1836)
from Seth Jones; or, The Captives of the Frontier (1860)
The Concealed Enemy (1845)
"Mountain Medicine" (1947)
Advice on the Prairie (1853)
Focus on Film: Elliot Silverstein (director), A Man Called Horse (1970)
Topics for Research and Writing
Working the Land
Introduction
Rounding Up (1904)
"The Jimmyjohn Boss" (1900)
The Summit Springs Rescue--1869 (1908)
A Dash for the Timber (1889)
Sunday Morning at the Mines (1872)
Custer's Last Fight (1896)
"El Dorado: A Kansas Recessional" (1901)
Smoke of a .45 (1908)
"The Ranger" (1927)
Focus on Film: Howard Hawks (director), Red River (1948)
Topics for Research and Writing
Spiritual Landscapes
Introduction
Kindred Spirits (1849)
Among the Sierra Mountains, California (1868)
from My First Summer in the Sierra (1869/1911)
The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (1872)
Eocene Bluffs, Green River, Wyoming (1878)
Canon de Chelly--Navaho (1904)
Mule's Skull with Pink Poinsettias (1936)
Focus on Film: Lawrence Hott and Diane Garey (directors), The Wilderness Idea (1990)
Topics for Research and Writing
Challenges to a Western Mythology
Satires and Entertainments
Introduction
Kit Carson (1878)
from Roughing It (1872)
Great Wild West Exhibition (1883)
"The Blue Hotel" (1898)
"The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" (1949)
The End of the Trail (1915)
from "The Western" from Hollywood Genres (1981)
Focus on Film: Robert Altman (director), McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)
Topics for Research and Writing
Women in the West
Introduction
from "Diary of a School Teacher on the Arizona Frontier" (1881/1990)
Madonna of the Prairie (1922)
"The Fakir" and "The Walking Woman" from Lost Borders (1909)
"In the Land of the Free" (1909)
"Spring," "Seasons in South Dakota," and "Homesteading in Dakota" from Dakota Bones (1993)
"Drag's a Life: Women, Gender, and Cross-Dressing in the Nineteenth-Century West" (1997)
Focus on Film: King Vidor (director), Duel in the Sun (1946)
Topics for Research and Writing
Native American Images and Voices
Introduction
from Life Among the Piutes (1883)
Salish Handbag, Montana (ca. 1915-1920)
from "The Priest of the Sun," from House Made of Dawn (1968)
"morning talking mother" (1980) and "The Language of Weather" (1990)
American Indian Gothic (1993)
"Indian Boarding School: The Runaways" (1984)
"Civilize Them with a Stick" from Lakota Woman (1990)
"Black Kettle National Grasslands, Western Oklahoma" (1988)
Cheyenne in the Moon (1991)
"How to Write the Great American Indian Novel" (1996)
Focus on Film: Chris Eyre (director), Smoke Signals (1998)
Topics for Research and Writing
The New West
Introduction
"And the Soul Shall Dance" (1966)
"The Campesinos" from The Plum Plum Pickers (1969)
"Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg" (1973)
"Redneck Secrets" from Owning It All (1987)
from "A Different Yield" from Dwellings: A Spiritual History of the Living World (1995)
Focus on Film: John Huston (director), The Misfits (1961)
Topics for Research and Writing
How to Watch a Film
Credits
Index
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