A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West
presents a series of essays that explore the historic and contemporary cultural expressions rooted in America's western states.
Offers a comprehensive approach to the wide range of cultural expressions originating in the west
Focuses on the intersections, complexities, and challenges found within and between the different historical and cultural groups that define the west's various distinctive regions
Addresses traditionally familiar icons and ideas about the west (such as cowboys, wide-open spaces, and violence) and their intersections with urbanization and other regional complexities
Features essays written by many of the leading scholars in western American cultural studies
Keywords: American Literature, 19th Century, 20th Century, African American, Native American, gold rush, cowboys, westerns, Baym, Scharnhorst