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The Resource Before the West was West : critical essays on pre-1800 literature of the American frontiers, edited and with an introduction by Amy T. Hamilton and Tom J. Hillard ; foreword by Michael P. Branch

Before the West was West : critical essays on pre-1800 literature of the American frontiers, edited and with an introduction by Amy T. Hamilton and Tom J. Hillard ; foreword by Michael P. Branch

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Before the West was West : critical essays on pre-1800 literature of the American frontiers
Title
Before the West was West
Title remainder
critical essays on pre-1800 literature of the American frontiers
Statement of responsibility
edited and with an introduction by Amy T. Hamilton and Tom J. Hillard ; foreword by Michael P. Branch
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Editor
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Before the West Was West examines the extent to which scholars have engaged in-depth with pre-1800 western texts and asks what we mean by western American literature in the first place and when that designation originated. Calling into question the implicit temporal boundaries of the American West in literature, a literature often viewed as having commenced only at the beginning of the 1800s, Before the West Was West explores the concrete, meaningful connections between different texts as well as the development of national ideologies and mythologies. Examining pre-nineteenth-century writings that do not fit conceptions of the Wild West or of cowboys, cattle ranching, and the Pony Express, these thirteen essays demonstrate that no single, unified idea or geography defines the American West. Contributors investigate texts ranging from the Norse Vinland Sagas and Mary Rowlandson s famous captivity narrative to early Spanish and French exploration narratives, an eighteenth-century English novel, and a play by Aphra Behn. Through its examination of the disparate and multifaceted body of literature that arises from a broad array of cultural backgrounds and influences, Before the West Was West apprehends the literary West in temporal as well as spatial and cultural terms and poses new questions about westernness and its literary representation. --Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
810.9/002
Index
index present
LC call number
PS169.W4
LC item number
B44 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Hamilton, Amy T.
  • Hillard, Tom J.
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  • American literature
  • Frontier and pioneer life in literature
  • American literature
  • West (U.S.)
  • American literature
  • Frontier and pioneer life in literature
  • Literature
  • United States, West
Label
Before the West was West : critical essays on pre-1800 literature of the American frontiers, edited and with an introduction by Amy T. Hamilton and Tom J. Hillard ; foreword by Michael P. Branch
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
From Hunahpu to Hiawatha : the passion of corn and the sublimation of violence in native American mythmaking / Paul G. Zolbrod -- When the East was West : Vinland in the American imaginary / Annette Kolodny -- Accommodating presence : Esteban, Fray Marcos, and the problem of literary translation on the American frontier / Cassander L. Smith -- Captured by genre : Mary Rowlandson's Western imagination on the nineteenth-century frontier / John David Miles -- The royal frontier : colonist and native relations in Aphra Behn's Virginia / Rebecca M. Lush -- Frontier commonwealths : violence, private interest, and the public good in Hennepin's A new discovery of a vast country in America / David J. Peterson -- The bad guys wear tricornered hats : the Villasur Massacre of 1720 and the Segesser II hide painting in Spanish and French colonial literature / Gordon M. Sayre -- The removes of Harriot Stuart : Charlotte Lennox and the birth of the western / Marta Kvande and Sara Spurgeon -- Contrast and contradiction : the emergent West in Crèvecoeur's regional theory / Tara Penry -- The business of heaven and earth : toponymy and the imperial idyll in the Domínguez-Escalante journal of 1776 / George English Brooks -- An eighteenth-century narrative of encounter in the Trans-Mississippi West : Jean-Baptiste Trudeau on the Missouri river / Robert Woods Sayre -- Harmonizing the "West": Jefferson's account of Louisiana and American identity / Renaud Contini
Control code
877851823
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 357 pages
Isbn
9780803254893
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014013886
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)877851823
Label
Before the West was West : critical essays on pre-1800 literature of the American frontiers, edited and with an introduction by Amy T. Hamilton and Tom J. Hillard ; foreword by Michael P. Branch
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
From Hunahpu to Hiawatha : the passion of corn and the sublimation of violence in native American mythmaking / Paul G. Zolbrod -- When the East was West : Vinland in the American imaginary / Annette Kolodny -- Accommodating presence : Esteban, Fray Marcos, and the problem of literary translation on the American frontier / Cassander L. Smith -- Captured by genre : Mary Rowlandson's Western imagination on the nineteenth-century frontier / John David Miles -- The royal frontier : colonist and native relations in Aphra Behn's Virginia / Rebecca M. Lush -- Frontier commonwealths : violence, private interest, and the public good in Hennepin's A new discovery of a vast country in America / David J. Peterson -- The bad guys wear tricornered hats : the Villasur Massacre of 1720 and the Segesser II hide painting in Spanish and French colonial literature / Gordon M. Sayre -- The removes of Harriot Stuart : Charlotte Lennox and the birth of the western / Marta Kvande and Sara Spurgeon -- Contrast and contradiction : the emergent West in Crèvecoeur's regional theory / Tara Penry -- The business of heaven and earth : toponymy and the imperial idyll in the Domínguez-Escalante journal of 1776 / George English Brooks -- An eighteenth-century narrative of encounter in the Trans-Mississippi West : Jean-Baptiste Trudeau on the Missouri river / Robert Woods Sayre -- Harmonizing the "West": Jefferson's account of Louisiana and American identity / Renaud Contini
Control code
877851823
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 357 pages
Isbn
9780803254893
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014013886
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)877851823

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