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The Resource The word rides again : rereading the frontier in American fiction, J. David Stevens

The word rides again : rereading the frontier in American fiction, J. David Stevens

Label
The word rides again : rereading the frontier in American fiction
Title
The word rides again
Title remainder
rereading the frontier in American fiction
Statement of responsibility
J. David Stevens
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"With much recent scholarship polarizing frontier novels into "popular" and "literary" camps, The Word Rides Again challenges the critical orthodoxy that such works have little in common, arguing instead that formulaic Western fictions can subtly (and even subversively) share cultural concerns with more highbrow brethren. Each chapter focuses on a writer who has traditionally been classified as either popular or artistic, reading a representative fictional work against prevailing scholarly trends. In this manner, Bret Harte's sentimental stories become gender-bending experiments in which women assume male roles and even enjoy lesbian relationships. Owen Wister's The Virginian is transmuted from a misogynistic diatribe into a complex meditation on the peculiarly American relation of violence to male identity. And even Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop, rather than the apotheosis of a religious leader, becomes a somewhat standard version of the popular frontier story." "The Word Rides Again represents a significant departure from more traditional studies of frontier literature. It reaffirms the continuum between popular and literary texts and explores the ways that frontier novels have echoed, endorsed, and extended each other from the inception of the genre."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1969-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Stevens, J. David
Dewey number
813/.087409
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS374.F73
LC item number
S74 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American fiction
  • Western stories
  • Frontier and pioneer life in literature
Label
The word rides again : rereading the frontier in American fiction, J. David Stevens
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-231) 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
Preface: A Personal Beginning -- Introduction: The "Origin" of the Popular Western and Some Themes -- 1. Hobomok: A Brief Case Study from the Beginning of the Genre -- 2. "She war a woman": Family Roles, Gender, and Sexuality in Bret Harte's Western Fiction -- 3. "Don't forget the cowboys, Sandy": Mark Twain and the Western Myth -- 4. A Man's Role: Literary Influence and The Virginian -- 5. (Re)Writing a Native American Western: John Rollin Ridge and Zitkala-Sa -- 6. Riders of the Papal Sage: Willa Cather's "Western" -- 7. The Many Echoes of The Man Who Killed the Deer -- Epilogue: Reading the Western and the Importance of History
Control code
47049867
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xx, 236 pages
Isbn
9780821414187
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2001033931
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
The word rides again : rereading the frontier in American fiction, J. David Stevens
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-231) 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
Preface: A Personal Beginning -- Introduction: The "Origin" of the Popular Western and Some Themes -- 1. Hobomok: A Brief Case Study from the Beginning of the Genre -- 2. "She war a woman": Family Roles, Gender, and Sexuality in Bret Harte's Western Fiction -- 3. "Don't forget the cowboys, Sandy": Mark Twain and the Western Myth -- 4. A Man's Role: Literary Influence and The Virginian -- 5. (Re)Writing a Native American Western: John Rollin Ridge and Zitkala-Sa -- 6. Riders of the Papal Sage: Willa Cather's "Western" -- 7. The Many Echoes of The Man Who Killed the Deer -- Epilogue: Reading the Western and the Importance of History
Control code
47049867
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xx, 236 pages
Isbn
9780821414187
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2001033931
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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