Modernism and Mildred Walker

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Modernism and Mildred Walker is the first full-length critical study of the major fictional works of this American author whose life spanned the twentieth century (1905–98) and whose literary production spanned almost three-quarters of a century. A highly regarded chronicler of New England and the American West, she is also appreciated for her portrayal of women characters and the complexity of women’s roles. Long beloved by readers of Montana fiction, Mildred Walker’s novels have been dismissed by some critics as only of regional interest, and, as Carmen Pearson argues, have not been explored and appreciated from other critical perspectives and by other audiences. In this persuasive new study, Pearson offers a new and decidedly western interpretation of Modernism as a critical tool and  proposes a variety of readings and interpretations designed to emphasize the relationship between cultural production in the West and modernism. She encourages readers and students of literature to reappraise Walker’s work and to undertake further critical studies of their own.
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Editorial Reviews


"Admirably accessible, this volume and Walker's novels should be in collections supporting study of American literature."—J. J. Wydeven, CHOICE

— J. J. Wydeven

Choice - J. J. Wydeven
"Admirably accessible, this volume and Walker's novels should be in collections supporting study of American literature."—J. J. Wydeven, CHOICE

"Admirably accessible, this volume and Walker's novels should be in collections supporting study of American literature."

—J. J. Wydeven, CHOICE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803237605
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Carmen Pearson edited Mildred Walker’s posthumously published novel The Orange Tree, available in a Bison Books edition.
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Table of Contents

1 The Life and Work of Mildred Walker 1

2 A Working Definition of Modernism 12

3 The Aesthetics of Postmodern Modernism 43

4 The Economics of Modernism 71

5 Mildred Walker's Wars 93

6 The Mothers of Modernism 120

7 American Modernists and the Language of Movement 155

Works Cited 179

Index 189

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