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Literature of the American West #14: Writing Her Own Life: Imogene Welch, Western Rural Schoolteacher

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Mary Clearman Blewand#8217;s aunt Imogene Welch embodied the hard-working values of depression-era western America. In Writing Her Own Life, Blew builds a narrative around excerpts from the diaries Imogene kept during World War II while she taught in rural Montana schools and later in Washington State. Through her diary entries we learn of the warand#8217;s effects on Imogene as she moved from rural, family-centered life in Montana to independent if somewhat lonelier life in Washington State.

After growing up on an impoverished homestead in Montana, Imogene enjoyed the modest comforts of living in a small town in Washington, including electricity and running water. And she experienced the dramatic changes in a school system under stress from the war: separated families, crowded classrooms, and an increasingly mobile population. Imogeneand#8217;s diaries find her exploring a new landscape, worrying about distant friends and family, coping with her newfangled automobile, enduring roommates, and eventually learning to cherish her independence.

Blew explores the transitional experiences of the young schoolteacher and examines traditional and non-traditional ways in which fiction and creative nonfiction recreate the life recorded in the diaries. Moving beyond Imogeneand#8217;s experiences, Blew asks what an inheritance of family stories and text means to a generation of readers who are experiencing transitions different from Imogeneand#8217;s but no less intense.

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In "Writing Her Own Life," Volume 14 in the Literature of the American West series, Mary Clearman Blew builds a narrative around excerpts from the diaries her aunt, Imogene Welch, kept during World War II, while she taught in rural Montana schools and later in Washington State.

Synopsis:

Mary Clearman Blew's aunt Imogene Welch embodied the hard-working values of depression-era western America. In Writing Her Own Life, Blew builds a narrative around excerpts from the diaries Imogene kept during World War II while she taught in rural Montana schools and later in Washington State. Through her diary entries we learn of the war's effects on Imogene as she moved from a traditional, rural, family-centered life in Montana to an independent, albeit lonelier, life in Washington State. Moving beyond an examination of Imogene's life, Blew asks what an inheritance of family stories and text means to a generation of readers who are experiencing transitions different from Imogene's but no less intense.

About the Author

Mary Clearman Blew is Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Idaho, Moscow. She is the author of Bone Deep in Landscape, Balsamroot: A Memoir, Lambing Out And Other Stories (University of Oklahoma Press) and Sister Coyote: Montana Stories and is coeditor of Circle of Women: An Anthology of Contemporary Western Women's Writing.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806135816
Author:
Blew, Mary Clearman
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Location:
Norman
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Educators
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Teachers
Subject:
Autobiography
Subject:
Regional Subjects - West
Subject:
Women teachers
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Autobiography -- Women authors.
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Biography-Educators
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Literature of the American West Series
Series Volume:
2v. 14
Publication Date:
20040631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 bandw illus.
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.86x5.84x.83 in. .92 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In "Writing Her Own Life," Volume 14 in the Literature of the American West series, Mary Clearman Blew builds a narrative around excerpts from the diaries her aunt, Imogene Welch, kept during World War II, while she taught in rural Montana schools and later in Washington State.
"Synopsis" by , Mary Clearman Blew's aunt Imogene Welch embodied the hard-working values of depression-era western America. In Writing Her Own Life, Blew builds a narrative around excerpts from the diaries Imogene kept during World War II while she taught in rural Montana schools and later in Washington State. Through her diary entries we learn of the war's effects on Imogene as she moved from a traditional, rural, family-centered life in Montana to an independent, albeit lonelier, life in Washington State. Moving beyond an examination of Imogene's life, Blew asks what an inheritance of family stories and text means to a generation of readers who are experiencing transitions different from Imogene's but no less intense.
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