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

Marriage, Violence and the Nation in the American Literary West

William R. Handley

Published January 1st 2009
ISBN : 9780521093422
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276 pages
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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,MoreWilliam 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.