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Vol. 44 (2009) through current issue
Western American Literature is a refereed journal published quarterly by the Western Literature Association and Utah State University. Devoted to groundbreaking critical essays on the literature, culture, landscape, and art of the American West, the journal publishes New Western and postwestern literary criticism on such contemporary western writers as Ishmael Reed, Louis Owens, Sandra Cisneros, Cormac McCarthy, Rudolfo Anaya, Sherman Alexie, and Linda Hogan, as well as on traditional western writers such as Mary Austin, Gary Snyder, Mark Twain, Willa Cather, and others. Western American Literature also publishes cultural criticism: recent essays explore representations of the city (Mike Davis as “nature writer” in LA, “Reno-vation” in Nevada, James Ellroy and the “Black Dahlia” murder case); the Lone Ranger radio show; California “orientalism”; postcolonial readings of Asian American poets; and “The Role of Place in Mexican American Culture.” Having published some of the earliest essays in ecocriticism, Western American Literature continues an active leadership role in the field. We also welcome essays that incorporate personal narrative into cultural analysis. The journal is also unique in its exploration of the intersection of western American literature and art through the use of many images in each issue.
While Western American Literature’s audience is primarily academic, general readers interested in the western American culture will find it accessible and informative. Submission guidelines and print subscription information, may be found on our website, http://www.usu.edu/westlit/