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Although the framework of regionalist studies may seem to be crumbling under the weight of increasing globalization, this collection of seventeen essays makes clear that cultivating regionalism lies at the center of the humanist endeavor. With interdisciplinary contributions from poets and fiction writers, literary historians, musicologists, and historians of architecture, agriculture, and women, this volume implements some of the most innovative and intriguing approaches to the history and value of regionalism ...
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Regionalism and the Humanities

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Overview


Although the framework of regionalist studies may seem to be crumbling under the weight of increasing globalization, this collection of seventeen essays makes clear that cultivating regionalism lies at the center of the humanist endeavor. With interdisciplinary contributions from poets and fiction writers, literary historians, musicologists, and historians of architecture, agriculture, and women, this volume implements some of the most innovative and intriguing approaches to the history and value of regionalism as a category for investigation in the humanities.
 
In the volume’s inaugural essay, Annie Proulx discusses landscapes in American fiction, comments on how she constructs characters, and interprets current literary trends. Edward Watts offers a theory of region that argues for comparisons of the United States to other former colonies of Great Britain, including New Zealand, Australia, and Canada. Whether considering a writer's connection to region or the idea of place in exploring what is meant by regionalism, these essays uncover an enduring and evolving concept. Although the approaches and disciplines vary, all are framed within the fundamental premise of the humanities: the search to understand what it means to be human.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803220461
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author


Timothy R. Mahoney is a professor of history at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and project administrator of the Plains Humanities Alliance. He is the author of Provincial Lives: Middle-Class Experience in the Antebellum Middle West and River Towns in the Great West: The Structure of Provincial Urbanization in the American Midwest, 1820–1870 .
 
Wendy J. Katz is an associate professor of art history at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She is the author of Regionalism and Reform: Art and Class Formation in Antebellum Cincinnati .
 
Contributors include Ginette Aley, Stephen C. Behrendt, Mark Busby, Cheryll Glotfelty, Barbara Handy-Marchello, Kurt E. Kinbacher, Patrick Lee Lucas, Larry W. Moore, Annie Proulx, Guy Reynolds, Mark A. Robison, Michael Saffle, William Slaymaker, Maggie Valentine, Edward Watts, and Nicolas S. Witschi.
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Table of Contents

Introduction Regionalism and the humanities : decline or revival? Wendy J. Katz Katz, Wendy J. Timothy R. Mahoney Mahoney, Timothy R.

1 Dangerous ground : landscape in American fiction Annie Proulx Proulx, Annie 6

2 The ec(h)ological conscience : reflections on the nature of human presence in Great Plains environmental writing William Slaymaker Slaymaker, William 26

3 "I don't know, but I ain't lost" : defining the Southwest Mark Busby Busby, Mark 43

4 A border runs through it : looking at regionalism through architecture in the Southwest Maggie Valentine Valentine, Maggie 56

5 Willa Cather's case : region and reputation Guy Reynolds Reynolds, Guy 79

6 Dwelling within the place worth seeking : the Midwest, regional identity, and internal histories Ginette Aley Aley, Ginette 95

7 Gendered boosterism : the "doctor's wife" writes from the new Northwest Barbara Handy-Marchello Handy-Marchello, Barbara 110

8 "With powder smoke and profanity" : genre conventions, regional identity, and the palisade gunfight hoax Nicolas S. Witschi Witschi, Nicolas S. 127

9 Regionalism and the realities of naming Stephen C. Behrendt Behrendt, Stephen C. 150

10 The Midwest as a colony : transnational regionalism Edward Watts Watts, Edward 166

11 Transcending the urban-rural divide : Willa Cather's Thea Kronborg goes to Chcago Mark A. Robison Robison, Mark A. 190

12 Preaching the gospel of higher vaudeville : Vachel Lindsay's poetic journey from Springfield, Illinois, across America, and back Larry W. Moore Moore, Larry W. 211

13 State pieces in the U.S. regions puzzle : Nevada and the problem of fit Cheryll Glotfelty Glotfelty, Cheryll237

14 Imagining place : Nebraska Territory, 1854-1867 Kurt E. Kinbacher Kinbacher, Kurt E. 251

15 Architecture crosses region : building in the Grecian style Patrick Lee Lucas Lucas, Patrick Lee 274

16 Societies and soirees : musical life and regional character in the south Atlantic Michael Saffle Saffle, Michael 292

List of contributors 321

Index 325

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