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The Resource Marriage, violence, and the nation in the American literary West, William R. Handley

Marriage, violence, and the nation in the American literary West, William R. Handley

Label
Marriage, violence, and the nation in the American literary West
Title
Marriage, violence, and the nation in the American literary West
Statement of responsibility
William R. Handley
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In Marriage, Violence, and the Nation in the American Literary West, William R. Handley examines literary interpretations of the western American past. Handley argues that although recent scholarship provides a narrative of western history that counters the optimistic story of frontier individualism by focusing on the victims of conquest, twentieth-century American fiction tells a different story of intra-ethnic violence, surrounding marriages and families. He examines works of historiography, as well as writing by Zane Grey, Willa Cather, Wallace Stegner, and Joan Didion among others, to argue that these works highlight white Americans' anxiety about what happens to American "character" when domestic enemies such as Indians and Mormon polygamists, against whom the nation had defined itself in the nineteenth century, no longer threaten its homes. Handley explains that once its enemies are gone, imperialism brings violence home in retrospective narratives that allegorize national pasts and futures through intimate relationships."--Jacket
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Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Handley, William R
Dewey number
810.9/3278
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS271
LC item number
.H29 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Cambridge studies in American literature and culture
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American literature
  • Novelists, American
  • Domestic fiction, American
  • National characteristics, American, in literature
  • Western stories
  • Frontier and pioneer life in literature
  • Family violence in literature
  • Women pioneers in literature
  • Marriage in literature
  • Violence in literature
  • West (U.S.)
Label
Marriage, violence, and the nation in the American literary West, William R. Handley
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 234-255) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Western unions -- Turner's rhetorical frontier -- Marrying for race and nation: Wister's omniscience and omissions -- Polygamy and empire: Grey's distinctions -- Unwedded west: Cather's divides -- Accident and destiny: Fitzgerald's fantastic geography -- Promises and betrayals: Joan Didion and Wallace Stegner
Control code
48892767
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 261 pages
Isbn
9780521816670
Isbn Type
(HB)
Lccn
2002016593
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Marriage, violence, and the nation in the American literary West, William R. Handley
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 234-255) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Western unions -- Turner's rhetorical frontier -- Marrying for race and nation: Wister's omniscience and omissions -- Polygamy and empire: Grey's distinctions -- Unwedded west: Cather's divides -- Accident and destiny: Fitzgerald's fantastic geography -- Promises and betrayals: Joan Didion and Wallace Stegner
Control code
48892767
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 261 pages
Isbn
9780521816670
Isbn Type
(HB)
Lccn
2002016593
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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