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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.

Synopsis:

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

Synopsis:

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

Contents

Acknowledgments

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

Epilogue

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807848135
Author:
Comer, Krista
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill :
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Women and literature
Subject:
Landscape in literature
Subject:
West
Subject:
Geography in literature.
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Western History; women writers; American West; Joan Didion; Wanda Coleman; Maxine Hong Kingston; Leslie Marmon Silko; Barbara Kinsolver; Pam Houston; Louise Erdrich; Sandra Cisneros; Mary Clearman Blew; Cultural Studies of the United States
Subject:
Authors, American -- Homes and haunts.
Subject:
Western History
Subject:
Women writers
Subject:
American West
Subject:
Joan Didion
Subject:
Wanda Coleman
Subject:
Maxine Hong Kingston
Subject:
Leslie Marmon Silko
Subject:
Barbara Kinsolver
Subject:
Pam Houston
Subject:
Louise Erdrich
Subject:
Sandra Cisneros
Subject:
Mary Clearman Blew
Subject:
Cultural Studies of the United States
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
American We
Subject:
st
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Cultural Studies of the United States Paperback
Publication Date:
June 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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Product details 312 pages University of North Carolina Press - English 9780807848135 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , 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

"Synopsis" by , 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.
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