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Birthing a nation : gender, creativity, and the West in American literature

Author: Susan J Rosowski
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©1999.
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"Birthing a Nation is about national identity and the American West. If it is a truism that facing west was the American male version of invoking the Muse, what happened if you were female? Most past interpretations of western American literature have echoed Frederick Jackson Turner's frontier hypothesis, emphasizing the conflict of wilderness and civilization, the hero of rugged individualism, the act of returning  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rosowski, Susan J.
Birthing a nation.
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©1999
(OCoLC)607387159
Named Person: Willa Cather; Jean Stafford; Willa Cather; Jean Stafford; Willa Cather; Jean Stafford
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susan J Rosowski
ISBN: 0803239351 9780803239357
OCLC Number: 40813351
Description: xiii, 242 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Fuller and the West as Muse --
The long foreground to Cather's West --
Cather's Western stories --
Pro/creativity and a kinship aesthetic --
Stafford's inherited West --
Stafford's Western stories --
Stafford rewrites the Western --
The Western hero as logos --
Robinson's politics of meditation.
Responsibility: Susan J. Rosowski.
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Proposes an alternative version of American identity by returning to writers who were challenged to give birth to a nation. This book is about national identity and the American West. It reexamines  Read more...

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