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Landscapes of New West (99 Edition)by Krista Comer
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In the early 1970s, empowered by the civil rights and women's movements, a new group of women writers began speaking to the American public. Their topic, broadly defined, was the postmodern American West. By the mid-1980s, their combined works made for a bona fide literary groundswell in both critical and commercial terms. However, as Krista Comer notes, despite the attentions of publishers, the media, and millions of readers, literary scholars have rarely addressed this movement or its writers.
Too many critics, Comer argues, still enamored of western images that are both masculine and antimodern, have been slow to reckon with the emergence of a new, far more "feminine," postmodern, multiracial, and urban west. Here, she calls for a redesign of the field of western cultural studies, one that engages issues of gender and race and is more self-conscious about space itself—especially that cherished symbol of western "authenticity," open landscape. Surveying works by Joan Didion, Wanda Coleman, Maxine Hong Kingston, Leslie Marmon Silko, Barbara Kingsolver, Pam Houston, Louise Erdrich, Sandra Cisneros, and Mary Clearman Blew, Comer shows how these and other contemporary women writers have mapped new geographical imaginations upon the cultural and social spaces of today's American West.
Truly indispensable to scholars working with the literature of the American West, American studies, environmental theory, and feminist criticism.
Western American Literature Comer has established the richness of an evolving Western literature.
Women•s Review of Books Extensively explores the element of landscape--the single most unifying factor in all writing of the West.
Library Journal Especially in its reckoning with race and with dreams of the wilderness, this book makes you think, and think with freshness.
Patricia Nelson Limerick, University of Colorado at Boulder Comer splendidly integrates urban geography, ethnic studies, feminist studies, and literary detail.
José David Saldívar, University of California, Berkeley
Challenges the field of western cultural studies to recognize the new cultural and social spaces successfully mapped by such feminist writers as Didion, Silko, Kingsolver, Erdrich and others.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Postmodernism, Literary Nationalism, and Western Cultural Production
Part I. Toward a Spatial History of the New Feminist Regionalism
1. Landscapes of Westernness: Gender, Race, and the Politics of American Spaces
2. Urbanscapes in the Golden Land: California as Western Continuum
Part II. Gender and the "Master" Landscapes of Western Narrative
3. Sidestepping Environmental Justice: "Natural" Landscapes and the Wilderness Plot
4. Queering Heterosexual Love: Trailer Parks, Telenovelas, and Other Landscapes of Feminist Desire
5. A Good Country Is Hard to Find: Journeys toward Postnational Landscapes
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