Western Places, American Myths: How We Think About The West (Wilbur S. Shepperson Series in History and Humanities)

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Examines the West as both an actual region and as an enduring element of American culture, demonstrating how it is the result of a constant reinvention and redefining of place. This book argues that the West still contains 'mythic places that help us come to grips with our national identity and who we are as a people.'

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Gary J. Hausladen is professor of geography at the University of Nevada, Reno, and the author of Places for Dead Bodies.

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"Western Places, American Myths is among the best of the genre. The collection has a set of unifying themes: the West as a discrete geographical region; the West as a mythical place set against the 'real' West; and the West as region rather than as process...What this ...says to the reader of this fine anthology is that western places themselves are mythical and that these mythical places help us establish our national identity and character. This book then, is about more than just the American West, it is about America."

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Book Description University of Nevada Press, Reno, 2006. Softcover. Condition: New. 360 pages. Softcover. New book. AMERICAN WEST. The concept of the American West is an essential part of our national psyche. Identifying the West, however, is a difficult matter. From pinpointing the region's ambiguous boundaries, to defining its significance to each American, scholars from a multitude of disciplines have disagreed about the geography, history, and meaning of the West since we first advanced on the frontier. In Western Places, American Myths: How We Think About the West, geographer Gary J. Hausladen brings together leading scholars to consider how popular perceptions about the West contribute to our understanding of the region's geography. Topics include ranching, gambling, cinema, the National Park System, and the roles of minorities in Western expansion. The essays are divided into three sections. "Continuity and Change" addresses themes that are relevant to the entire region including the relationship between the American West and the academic field of historical geography. In part two, "Enduring Regional Voices," the essays depart from predominantly white Euro-American male interpretations to study other perspectives, namely those of women, Mormons, Mexican Americans, and Native Americans. "The West as Visionary Place" investigates the culture of the region. Drawing from diverse media, contributors explore various images and their contributions to our understanding about the American West. In the final chapter, key western movies are used to examine the issues of settlement and utopianism, as well as empire and territorial expansion. As a collection, these twelve essays reflect the eclectic nature of Western scholarship, examining diverse topicsÑsome historical, some contemporaryÑfrom sometimes conflicting perspectives, with widely divergent scope and voices. Western Places, American Myths brings together geography, history, popular culture, and a comprehensive view of the region, bridging the humanities and social sciences. Gary Hausladen received his PhD from Syracuse University and is professor of geography at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is also the author of Places for Dead Bodies. "Lucid prose, lively topics, and original thinking all take center stage in this evocative synthesis of the geography of the American West." ÑSusan W. Hardwick, author of Mythic Galveston: Re-Inventing America's Third Coast and a geographer at the University of Oregon who specializes in the cultural and historical geography of the American West "Gary J. Hausladen and his posse of historical geographers valiantly ride out to seek the truth about reality and myth in the American West. They take their readers on a perilous journey through a landscape filled with fascinating social and environmental complexities, providing insightful, well-written commentary, splendid photographs, and a veritable mountain of scholarly references along the way. The landscape they interpret ranges from the frontier of Frederick Jackson Turner to the staged West of Buffalo Bill Cody, but also the all but forgotten (and now rediscovered) cultural-historical landscapes of Native America, Mex-America, and Mormon America. The final chapter fitting enough, examines how we portrayed it all in movies, celluloid tabernacles for our myths. This book leads the way in the development of a new vision of that quintessential American region: the West of reality and of imagination." ÑWill Graf, Past President of the Association of American Geographers, and author of Wilderness Preservation and the Sagebrush Rebellions "Gary J. Hausladen has corralled together some of the best geographic voices from the West, resulting in a valuable collection that defies boundaries just as the region itself does. With selections that range from ghost towns and gambling to national parks and Native Americans, this book is as sprawling as the territory it represents. It also gives readers a survey of the theoretical terrain on the region as charted by geographers, book. Seller Inventory # 84304X1

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