The Geographical Imagination of Annie Proulx: Rethinking Regionalism

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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.
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Editorial Reviews

William R. Handley
This excellent collection of essays edited by Alex Hunt illuminates in new and productive ways Annie Proulx’s idiosyncratic and engrossing literary terrain. Collectively, they cover the ground between Nova Scotia and Wyoming that we encounter in Proulx’s work, but more importantly, they cross the challenging divides within her geographical imagination between the rough and fragile places and people she conjures, between the realist and hyperrealist way in which she does so, and between the hard rock of economics and history and the ephemeral but powerful drives and desires that can turn geography into a place of the mind and human culture into an effect of place. Demonstrating the centrality of literature in understanding the complexity of region, The Geographical Imagination of Annie Proulx will be of interest not only to Proulx’s readers but also to anyone interested in new regional studies and the study of literature and the environment.
Eric H. Patterson
Alex Hunt and the contributors he has brought together provide a valuable array of critical perspectives on one of the most significant aspects of the fiction of Annie Proulx, the human relationship to the land. Their volume serves to illuminate many facets of Proulx's construction of the complex, difficult, ironic connections between what people often may expect of the landscapes of North America, and the land itself. They not only offer important insights into all of Proulx's work, but a useful general introduction to current critical approaches to understanding literary representations of our relations to our environment.
Winter 2010 Western American Literature
The Geographical Imagination of Annie Proulx: Rethinking Regionalism, edited by Alex Hunt, analyzes Proulx from many angles.
Great Plains Quarterly
This book is not only a timely intervention in emerging studies of Proulx; it furthermore crosses the sometimes divisive nature of academic disciplines and will be valuable to readers from varied fields such as geography, history and literature.
Western American Literature
The Geographical Imagination of Annie Proulx: Rethinking Regionalism, edited by Alex Hunt, analyzes Proulx from many angles.
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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)

Meet the Author

Alex Hunt is associate professor in the English department at West Texas A&M University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

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


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


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


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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