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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

Label
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
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N$T
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Hamilton, Amy T.
  • Hillard, Tom J.
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  • West (U.S.)
  • American literature
  • American literature
  • Frontier and pioneer life in literature
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • 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
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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
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ocn889813238
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1 online resource
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online
Isbn
9780803265318
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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JSTOR
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22573/ctt1d9k1z4
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not applicable
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System control number
(OCoLC)889813238
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
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
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
ocn889813238
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780803265318
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt1d9k1z4
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)889813238

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