A Companion to the Regional Literatures of America / Edition 1

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The Blackwell Companion to American Regional Literature is the most comprehensive resource yet published for study of this popular field.

  • The most inclusive survey yet published of American regional literature.
  • Represents a wide variety of theoretical and historical approaches.
  • Surveys the literature of specific regions from California to New England and from Alaska to Hawaii.
  • Discusses authors and groups who have been important in defining regional American literature.
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“A Companion to the Regional Literatures of America is a significant achievement and could prove a powerful tool for those who wish to make considerations of space and place even more central to their disciplines.” Jeremy Wells, Western American Literature

'In short, Charles L. Crow's volume is a must, an essential purchase.' Reference Reviews

Library Journal
Although steeply priced, this lengthy volume offers a much-needed overview for academic libraries currently wanting works that focus on regional literatures of the United States. In his lucid summary, editor Crow (American Gothic: An Anthology 1787-1917) introduces the theory and growing popularity of these writings, asserting that they initially gained favor among female writers and are today best defined as pieces that examine "small and private lives." His summary is followed by a series of 30 scholarly essays, contributed by many experts in the field, which are loosely divided into three sections. The first is dedicated to the history and theory of regionalism, the second continues the exploration by "mapping" specific regions (e.g., New England, the Great Plains, Big Sky Country, Texas, and Hawaii), while the third focuses on regionalist masters, featuring chapters on Willa Cather, Bret Harte, Mark Twain, Mary Austin, and Wallace Stegner. Students in need of serious academic essays on these authors will not be disappointed. Each essay includes extensive references and further reading lists, and the index is superb. Highly recommended.-Jan Brue Enright, Augustana Coll. Lib., Sioux Falls, SD Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Meet the Author

Charles L. Crow is Emeritus Professor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He is co-editor of The Haunted Dusk: American Supernatural Fiction, 1820-1920 (1984) and The Occult in America: New Historical Perspectives (1983), and editor of American Gothic: An Anthology (Blackwell Publishing, 1999). He has been president of the Frank Norris Society, and a member of the executive council of the Western Literature Association.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

Notes on Contributors.



Part I: History and Theory of Regionalism in the United States:.

1. Contemporary Regionalism: Michael Kowalewski (Carleton College).

2. The Cultural Work of American Regionalism: Stephanie Foote (University of Illinois).

3. Letting Go our Grand Obsessions: Notes toward a New Literary History of the American Frontiers: Annette Kolodny (University of Arizona).

4. Region and Race: National Identity and the Southern Past: Lori Robison (University of North Dakota).

5. Regionalism in the Era of the New Deal: Lauren Coats (Duke University) and Nihad M. Farooq (Duke University).

6. Realism and Regionalism: Donna Campbell (Gonzaga University).

7. Taking Feminism and Regionalism toward the Third Wave: Krista Comer (Rice University).

8. Regionalism and Ecology: David Mazel (Adams State College).

9. The City as Region: James Kyung-Jin Lee (University of Texas, Austin).

10. Indigenous People and Place: P. Jane Hafen (University of Nevada).

11. Borders, Bodies, and Regions: The United States and the Caribbean: Vera M. Kutzinski (Yale University).

Part II: Mapping Regions:.

12. New England Literature and Regional Identity: Kent C. Ryden (University of Southern Maine).

13. The Great Plains: Diane D. Quantic (Wichita State University).

14. Forgotten Frontier: Literature of the Old Northwest: Bev Hogue (Marietta College).

15. The Old Southwest: Humor, Tall Tales, and the Grotesque: Rosemary D. Cox (Georgia Perimeter College).

16. The Plantation School: Dissenters and Countermyths: Sarah E. Gardner (Mercer University).

17. The Fugitive-Agrarians and Twentieth-Century Southern Canon: Farrell O’Gorman (Wake orest University).

18. Romanticising a Different Lost Cause: Regional Identities in Louisiana and the Bayou Country: Suzanne Disheroon-Green (Northwestern State University).

19. The Sagebrush School Revived: Lawrence I. Berkove (University of Michigan-Dearborn).

20. Re-envisioning the Big Sky: Regional Identity, Spatial Logics and the Literature of Montana: Susan Kollin (Montana State University).

21. Regions of California: Mountains and Deserts: Nicholas Witschi (Western Michigan University).

22. Regions of California: The Great Central Valley: Charles L. Crow (Bowling Green State University).

23. Los Angeles as a Literary Region: David Fine (California State University).

24. North and Northwest: Theorizing the Regional Literatures of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest: Susan Kollin (Montana State University).

25. Texas and the Great Southwest: Mark Busby (Southwest Texas State University).

26. Hawai’I: Brenda Kwon (Honolulu Community College).

Part III: Some Regionalist Masters:.

27. Bret Garte and the Literary Construction of the American West: Gary Scharnhorst (University of New Mexico).

28. Mark Twain: A Man for all Regions: Lawrence I. Berkove (University of Michigan-Dearborn).

29. Willa Cather’s Glittering Regions: Robert Thacker (St Lawrence University).

30. “I Have seen America Emerging”: Mary Austin’s Regionalism: Betsy Klimasmith (University of Massachusetts-Boston).

31. “I have never recovered from the country”: The American West of Wallace Stegner: Richard H. Cracroft (Brigham Young University).


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