Marriage, Violence and the Nation in the American Literary West (Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture)

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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, 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.

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In Marriage, Violence and the Nation in the American Literary West, William R. Handley examines literary interpretations of the western American past. Handley argues that although recent scholarship provides a narrative of western history that counters the optimistic story of frontier individualism by focusing on the victims of conquest, twentieth-century American fiction tells a different story of intra-ethnic violence, surrounding marriages and families. He examines works of historiography, as well as writing by Zane Grey, Willa Cather, Wallace Stegner and Joan Didion among others.

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"Marriage, Violence, and the Nation in the American Literary West makes a significant contribution to scholarship on western American literature. Handley focuses upon marriage as an ongoing social fact through which twentieth century fiction revises readings of the West as America's destiny. This is a 'must read' book for scholars of the American West in literature and also history." --Susan Rosowski, University of Nebraska

"William R. Handley's book demonstrates an important and fascinating argument: in twentieth-century American literature, after the Native has been 'domesticated,' scenes of white American domesticity and marriage turn violent, as Empire brings its guns home. With sophisticated analyses and fresh readings that are intelligent, lively, and forceful, Handley's work will make a real difference in scholarship of the American West and in American Studies." --Lee Mitchell, Princeton University

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