Land of Enchantment, Land of Conflict: New Mexico in English-Language Fiction

Land of Enchantment, Land of Conflict: New Mexico in English-Language Fiction

by David L. Caffey
     
 


Is New Mexico truly the "Land of Enchantment," or is it a land of acrimony, where opposing values, backgrounds, and political and economic interests give rise to an atmosphere of conflict? According to David L. Caffey, it is both, and both qualities contribute to the region's appeal as a source of raw material for works of fiction. New Mexico offers the writer a… See more details below

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Is New Mexico truly the "Land of Enchantment," or is it a land of acrimony, where opposing values, backgrounds, and political and economic interests give rise to an atmosphere of conflict? According to David L. Caffey, it is both, and both qualities contribute to the region's appeal as a source of raw material for works of fiction. New Mexico offers the writer a varied landscape, a mosaic of cultures, and a colorful history, but conflict, necessary for fiction, is also found in cultural differences, opposing views on land and water use, and conflicting values concerning individual freedom and social restraint. The result, after more than a century and a half of literary activity, is a remarkable body of literature that has much to offer the reader who wants to learn more about the land and people of New Mexico.

In Land of Enchantment, Land of Conflict: New Mexico in English-Language Fiction, David L. Caffey identifies patterns in the observations of fiction writers concerning relations among cultural groups, attitudes toward the law, the erosion of individual freedom, and the social effects of weather and climate. Caffey also explores variations in historical and literary portrayals of famous New Mexicans and examines various myths concerning the frontier West and its heroes. Fiction of the atomic age and works by contemporary New Mexico writers are considered as well.

The fiction writer operates under assumptions and allegiances that are frequently at odds with those of the historian, social scientist, or journalist. Works of fiction can offer a unique perspective on a time and place and often reveal much about the process of mythmaking. Explore New Mexico with David L. Caffey in Land of Enchantment, Land of Conflict.

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Library Journal
Exploring New Mexico through its fiction, New Mexico writer and editor Caffey presents a unique investigation of the region. Novels and stories with New Mexico settings serve as the basis for an understanding of people and place from the 19th century to the present. Early reports and dime novels; themes of individual freedom; cultural differences concerning law, order, and justice; the importance of scarce water; and three distinct cultures--Anglo, Hispanic, and Native American--all frame the fiction of this land of sun and adobe. Caffey incorporates a wealth of examples in his analysis and weaves the discussion through time, theme, genre, legend, and culture with grace. This comprehensive analysis is an important addition to academic collections and public library collections that focus on the literature of place.--Sue Samson, Univ. of Montana Lib., Missoula Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780890968918
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Series:
Tarleton State University Southwestern Studies in the Humanities Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.45(w) x 9.59(h) x 1.03(d)

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