Marriage, Violence and the Nation in the American Literary West

Marriage, Violence and the Nation in the American Literary West

by William R. Handley

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Marriage, Violence and the Nation in the American Literary West by William R. Handley

William R. Handley examines literary interpretations of the Western American past. Handley asserts that although recent scholarship presents a narrative that counters optimistic frontier individualism by focusing on the victims of conquest, twentieth-century American fiction tells of intra-ethnic violence, involving marriages and families. He examines historiography and writing by Zane Grey, Willa Cather, Wallace Stegner and Joan Didion among others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521093422
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/11/2009
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series , #132
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

William R. Handley is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Southern California. His articles have appeared in Arizona Quarterly, Contemporary Literature and Twentieth Century Literature.

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