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Postwestern Cultures
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Postwestern Cultures synthesizes the most critical topics of contemporary scholarship of the American West within a single volume. This interdisciplinary anthology features leading scholars in the varied fields of western American literary studies and includes new regional studies, global studies, studies of popular culture, environmental criticism, gender and queer theory, and multiculturalism. Postwestern Cultures, like all successful studies of western American literature, is necessarily diverse and wide-ranging; it grasps the multifaceted quality of the landscape, literature, and critical analysis by engaging postmodern theory, spatial theory, cultural studies, and transnational and transcultural understandings of the local.
 
This collection emphasizes the importance of understanding the region not as a confined or static space but as a constantly changing entity in both substance and form. It examines subjects ranging from the use of frontier rhetoric in Japanese American internment camp narratives to the emergence of agricultural tourism in the New West to the application of geographer J. B. Jackson's theories to abandoned western landscapes.
 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. Introduction: Postwestern Studies, Dead or Alive
  2. pp. ix-xix
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  1. Part 1: Newer New Wests
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. Spectrality and the Postregional Interface
  2. pp. 2-29
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  1. 2. Everyday Regionalisms in Contemporary Critical Practice
  2. pp. 30-58
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  1. 3. Critical Regionalism, Thirdspace, and John Brinckerhoff Jackson's Western Cultural Landscapes
  2. pp. 59-81
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  1. 4. Architecture and the Virtual West in William Gibson's San Francisco
  2. pp. 82-94
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  1. Part 2: Nature and Culture
  2. pp. 95-96
  1. 5. What's Authentic about Western Literature? And, More to the Point, What's Literary?
  2. pp. 97-114
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  1. 6. Some Questions about Sexless Nature Writing
  2. pp. 115-126
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  1. 7. Backpacking and the Ultralight Solution
  2. pp. 127-142
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  1. 8. Survival, Alaska Style
  2. pp. 143-156
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  1. Part 3: Contested Wests
  2. pp. 157-158
  1. 9. Scheduling Idealism in Laramie, Wyoming
  2. pp. 159-171
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  1. 10. Frontier Mythology, Children's Literature, and Japanese American Incarceration
  2. pp. 172-185
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  1. 11. I'm Just a Lonesome Korean Cowgirl; or, Adoption and National Identity
  2. pp. 186-205
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  1. 12. Cultivating Otowi Bridge
  2. pp. 206-222
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  1. 13. The Romance of Ranching; or, Selling Place-Based Fantasies in and of the West
  2. pp. 223-244
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  1. References
  2. pp. 245-264
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 265-267
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