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Anderson, Jennifer L. 1979-

Works: 1 works in 1 publications in 1 language and 1 library holdings
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Home homo on the range : male intimacy and the figure of the cowboy in Owen Wister and Charles Badger Clark by J. L Anderson( Book )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
"Home Homo on the Range: Male Intimacy and the Figure of the Cowboy in Owen Wister and Charles Badger Clark" examines the intimate male-male friendships in writings by and about cowboys in the early 20 th century. The research within the following chapters challenge the mythical representation of the cowboy figure in regards to manhood and intimacy by demonstrating that some cowboys may have been dependent upon affectionate relationships with other male cowboys, as it was common for men in early Western America to relate to one another in pairs or in larger homo-social group settings. At times, they may have competed for the attention of women but more often two cowboys organized themselves into a partnership resembling a heterosexual marriage. Within chapter one, I demonstrate my understanding of queer theory by providing information regarding its roots, application, evolution, and usefulness to the literary field. The information in this chapter is important as it provides the framework necessary for understanding the succeeding chapters. The second chapter discusses one of the most well-known and easily recognizable figures in the United States: the cowboy. The myths surrounding the cowboy figure are plenty and are reflected in advertisements, Dime Novels, Westerns (both print and visual forms), which collectively presents a hyper-masculine figure of an ideal man. These familiar images have perpetuated the presumed heterosexuality of cowboys even though historical evidence suggests that cowboys might have been involved in homo-affectionate relationships, which is defined as an "intimate and/or romantic feelings (but not necessarily enacted physically) from one person toward a person of the same gender" (Dilley 8). Chapter three presents both early and recent scholarship involving Owen Wister's best selling cowboy novel The Virginian . The early criticism focuses on issues that range from discussions of the new cowboy hero Wister created to discussions concerning the inaccuracies in Wister's representation of Western America and cowboys as well as the noticeable flaws in the novel's construction. The more recent criticism contributes to the evolving discourse by addressing the queer moments that appear throughout The Virginian and complicates the presumed heterosexuality of Wister's classic cowboy novel. The fourth and final chapter presents original research on lesser-known cowboy author Charles Badger Clark whose work as a whole has gone largely overlooked. Within this chapter, I discuss a selection of Clark's poems and short stories that center around a strong male-male relationship. Given this common theme, I argue that his texts open themselves up to queer analysis
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Anderson, Jennifer L., 1981-
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