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The Geographical Imagination of Annie Proulx: Rethinking Regionalism
     

The Geographical Imagination of Annie Proulx: Rethinking Regionalism

by Alex Hunt, Elizabeth Abele, Wes Berry, Paul Chafe, Hal Crimmel
 

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ISBN-10: 0739123947

ISBN-13: 9780739123942

Pub. Date: 12/16/2008

Publisher: Lexington Books

This highly readable collection focuses on the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Proulx. Each contributor to this volume explores a different facet of Proulx's striking attention to geography, place, landscape, regional environments, and local economies in her writing. Covering all of her novels and short story collections, scholars from the United States,

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This highly readable collection focuses on the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Proulx. Each contributor to this volume explores a different facet of Proulx's striking attention to geography, place, landscape, regional environments, and local economies in her writing. Covering all of her novels and short story collections, scholars from the United States, Canada, and beyond engage in critical analyses of Proulx's new regionalism, use of geographical settings, and themes of displacement and immigration.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739123942
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
12/16/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
229
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction: The Insistence of Geography in the Writing of Annie Proulx Alex Hunt 1

Orientations

The Influence of the Annales School on Annie Proulx's Geographical Imagination Stephanie Durrans 11

Proulx and the Postmodern Hyperreal Margaret E. Johnson 25

Drinking the Elixir of Ownership: Pilgrims and Improvers in the Landscapes of Annie Proulx's That Old Ace in the Hole and The Shipping News Christian Hummelsund Voie 39

Postnational United States Regional Hinterlands: Proulx's Ethnic Working-Class Communities in Accordion Crimes Douglas Werden 51

Geographies

Born Under a Bad Sign: The Question of Geographical Determinism in the Hardscrabble Northern Borderlands of Heart Songs and Other Stories Hal Crimmel 63

The Corpse in the Stone Wall: Annie Proulx's Ironic New England Kent C. Ryden 73

"All the qualities o' th' isle": The Shipping News as Island Myth Paul Chafe 87

Annie Proulx's Wyoming: Geographical Determinism, Landscape, and Caricature O. Alan Weltzien 99

Westward Proulx: The Resistant Landscapes of Close Range: Wyoming Stories and That Old Ace in the Hole Elizabeth Abele 113

Directions

Landed Bodies: Geography and Disability in The Shipping News Jennifer Denise Ryan 127

The Location of Immigration: Itinerant Communities and Cultural Hybridity in Annie Proulx's Accordion Crimes Bonnie Roos 141

Brokeback Mountain as Progressive Narrative and Cinematic Vision: Landscape, Emotion, and the Denial of Domesticity Christopher Pullen 155

Capitalism vs. Localism: Economies of Scale in Annie Proulx's Postcards and That Old Ace in the Hole Wes Berry 169

The Ecology of Narrative:Annie Proulx's That Old Ace in the Hole as Critical Regionalist Fiction Alex Hunt 183

Afterword: Red Desert: The History of a Place, and Annie Proulx as Environmental Historian Dan Flores 197

Bibliography 201

Index 211

Contributors 215

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