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Bone Deep in Landscape: Writing, Reading and Place

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Great-granddaughter of homesteaders in north-central Montana, Mary Clearman Blew grew up in one of the last vestiges of the rural frontier. Her girlhood chores--hauling water and rounding up cattle--were remote even to her town-bred classmates in the forties and fifties. It was a girlhood she now recalls realistically, with affection but without nostalgia.

Many others have written about this land, its people, and its history, and Blew examines portrayals of the West in some of ...

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Overview

Great-granddaughter of homesteaders in north-central Montana, Mary Clearman Blew grew up in one of the last vestiges of the rural frontier. Her girlhood chores--hauling water and rounding up cattle--were remote even to her town-bred classmates in the forties and fifties. It was a girlhood she now recalls realistically, with affection but without nostalgia.

Many others have written about this land, its people, and its history, and Blew examines portrayals of the West in some of their writing, including B. M. Bower’s Chip of the Flying U and the novels of Dorothy M. Johnson and A. B. Guthrie, Jr. Always her discussions are permeated with landscape and memory.

Her essays interlock nature writing, autobiography, literary criticism, and history in a collection that reflects a woman’s life in the Rocky Mountain West. Blew immerses readers in a landscape of mountains and prairies, blizzards and scorching sun, and in a regional history in which Indians lose the landscape to white settlers, who find the living tough.

Bone Deep in Landscape demonstrates Mary Clearman Blew’s commitments to place as a source of knowing and to living consciously--as writer, mother, scholar, and western woman.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806132709
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Series: Literature of the American West Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Clearman Blew is Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Idaho, Moscow. She is the author of Bone Deep in Landscape, Balsamroot: A Memoir, Lambing Out And Other Stories (University of Oklahoma Press) and Sister Coyote: Montana Stories and is coeditor of Circle of Women: An Anthology of Contemporary Western Women's Writing.

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Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS:


List of Illustrations (p viii)
Acknowledgments (p ix)
1. The Art of Memoir(p 3)
2. Wahkpa Chu'gn (p 9)
3. Crossing the Great Divide (p 21)
4. Local Legend (p 41)
5. Horses in Nightmares (p 53)
6. Fort Assinniboine (p 67)
7. Mother Lode (p 85)
8. The Apostate in the Attic (p 111)
9. The Judith (p 129)
10. The Exhausted West (p 139)
11. Within the Rough-Edged Circle (p 155)
12. Queen Moo of Mayax (p 169)
13. The Daughters in Summer (p 179)
Selected Bibliography (p 193)

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