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Before the West Was West

Critical Essays on Pre-1800 Literature of the American Frontiers
Edited by Amy T. Hamilton and Tom J. Hillard
Univ of Nebraska Pr

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Pub Date: 2014
Format: Paperback
Pages: 376 pp.
Size: 5.00 x 8.00 inches

ISBN: 9780803256859
TB Code: 1904244
Availability: 226 in stock

Before the West Was West examines the extent to which scholars have engaged in-depth with pre-1800 “western” texts and asks what we mean by “western” American literature in the first place and when that designation originated.

Calling into question the implicit temporal boundaries of the “American West” in literature, a literature often viewed as having commenced only at the beginning of the 1800s, Before the West Was West explores the concrete, meaningful connections between different texts as well as the development of national ideologies and mythologies. Examining pre-nineteenth-century writings that do not fit conceptions of the Wild West or of cowboys, cattle ranching, and the Pony Express, these thirteen essays demonstrate that no single, unified idea or geography defines the American West.