A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American by Nicolas S. Witschi

By Nicolas S. Witschi

A significant other to the Literature and tradition of the yank West provides a sequence of essays that discover the old and modern cultural expressions rooted in America's western states.

  • Offers a entire method of the wide variety of cultural expressions originating within the westContent:
    Chapter 1 Imagining the West (pages 1–10): Nicolas S. Witschi
    Chapter 2 Exploration, buying and selling, Trapping, go back and forth, and Early Fiction, 1780–1850 (pages 11–28): Edward Watts
    Chapter three Worlds of ask yourself and Ambition: Gold Rush California and the tradition of Mining Bonanzas within the North American West (pages 29–47): Peter J. Blodgett
    Chapter four The Literate West of Nineteenth?Century Periodicals (pages 48–62): Tara Penry
    Chapter five A historical past of yank Women's Western Books, 1833–1928 (pages 63–80): Nina Baym
    Chapter 6 Literary Cultures of the yank Southwest (pages 81–97): Daniel Worden
    Chapter 7 Literary Cartography of the nice Plains (pages 98–114): Susan Naramore Maher
    Chapter eight The Literary Northern Rockies because the final top position (pages 115–129): O. Alan Weltzien
    Chapter nine North via Northwest: The final Frontier of Western Literature (pages 130–144): Eric Heyne
    Chapter 10 Chronotopes of the Asian American West (pages 145–160): Hsuan L. Hsu
    Chapter eleven African American Literature and tradition and the yankee West (pages 161–176): Michael ok. Johnson
    Chapter 12 legendary Frontiers: appear future, Aztlan, and the Cosmic Race (pages 177–190): John L. Escobedo
    Chapter thirteen Writing the Indigenous West (pages 191–212): Kathleen Washburn
    Chapter 14 Framing classification within the Rural West: Cowboys, Double?Wides, and McMansions (pages 213–228): Nancy Cook
    Chapter 15 Postcolonial West (pages 229–243): Alex Hunt
    Chapter sixteen New West, city and Suburban areas, Postwest (pages 244–260): Krista Comer
    Chapter 17 What we speak about after we discuss Western paintings (pages 261–280): Brian W. Dippie
    Chapter 18 “All Hat and No Cattle”: Romance, Realism, and overdue Nineteenth?Century Western American Fiction (pages 281–296): Gary Scharnhorst
    Chapter 19 The Coyote Nature of Cowboy Poetry (pages 297–315): Barbara Barney Nelson
    Chapter 20 “The Wind Blew them Away”: Folksinging the West, 1880–1930 (pages 316–335): David Fenimore
    Chapter 21 Autobiography (pages 336–352): Gioia Woods
    Chapter 22 Housing the yank West: Western Women's Literature, Early 20th Century and past (pages 353–366): Cathryn Halverson
    Chapter 23 The Apple does not fall faraway from the Tree: Western American Literature and Environmental Literary feedback (pages 367–379): Hal Crimmel
    Chapter 24 Detective Fiction (pages 380–394): Nicolas S. Witschi
    Chapter 25 the yankee Western movie (pages 395–408): Corey okay. Creekmur
    Chapter 26 Post?Western Cinema (pages 409–424): Neil Campbell
    Chapter 27 the United States Unscripted: appearing the Wild West (pages 425–442): Jefferson D. Slagle
    Chapter 28 Revising Public reminiscence within the American West: local American functionality within the Ramona outdoors Play (pages 443–461): Karen E. Ramirez
    Chapter 29 Omnimedia advertising: The Case of The Lone Ranger (pages 462–482): Chadwick Allen
    Chapter 30 The Nuclear Southwest (pages 483–498): Audrey Goodman
    Chapter 31 Ranging over Stegner's Arid West: Mobility as Adaptive procedure (pages 499–513): Bonney MacDonald
    Chapter 32 the worldwide West: Temporality, Spatial Politics, and Literary construction (pages 514–527): Susan Kollin
    Chapter 33 Tumbling cube: the matter of Las Vegas (pages 528–545): Stephen Tatum and Nathaniel Lewis

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Part Four. Fiction: James Fenimore Cooper and William Snelling Like his friend John Wyeth, William Snelling wrote in the context of a vision of the Golden West deeply entrenched in the national imaginary. To be precise, James 24 Edward Watts Fenimore Cooper’s The Prairie (1827) is the first sustained American fiction set entirely west of the Mississippi; in fact, 500 miles west along the Platt in what is now western Nebraska. Of all the western texts I have reviewed, The Prairie is the only one entirely devoid of the French populations so ubiquitous from New Orleans to Oregon.

Nonetheless, in light of California’s “extraordinary natural advantages, her combined unparalleled mineral and agricultural resources … and the present prosperous state of things,” he argued that “there is not a country on the face of the globe more highly endowed with all the elements of prosperity, richer in precious metals, [or] richer in agricultural and other prospects, than California” (p. 20). To Seyd and like-minded observers, the golden dream of California was hardly a dream at all but rather a matter of applying good sense and cold hard cash to the opportunities that abounded.

819–20). However quickly they might bound from a humble collection of miners’ shanties to an aspiring city, boom towns from Sacramento to Virginia City to Leadville thus rarely failed to acquire not only the trappings of the wild and wooly mining camp but also many of the physical and cultural amenities of the Victorian community. As John Loomis described it in an 1879 pamphlet entitled Leadville Colorado: The Most Wonderful Mining Camp in the World, “the heavy rumbling of immense freight teams, the rattle of express wagons, the clatter of horsemen, the hurrying tramp of the pedestrians, the familiar cries of the news-boy and boot-black, the braying of donkeys and the ear-piercing screeches of a dozen steam whistles, combine to startle the dullest imagination and fill the mind of the stranger with astonishment” (p.

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