Narrating the American West: New Forms of Historical Memory

by Jordana Finnegan

Table of Contents

Introduction: "I was indigenous...and they made me indigent": Colonialism and New Western Narrative


Western American History as Colonial Palimpsest

New Western Revisionism

Autobiographical Conventions in New Western Narrative

Chapter Descriptions


Chapter 1: Historical Erasure and Recovery in Gretel Ehrlich's The Solace of Open Spaces and Janet Campbell Hale's Bloodlines: Odyssey of a Native Daughter

Autobiographical Adaptations of the Western in The Solace of Open Spaces

Refiguring Legacies of Personal and Cultural Dysfunction in Bloodlines: Odyssey of a Native Daughter


Chapter 2: Haunting Anxieties and Synecdochic Selfhood in Annick Smith's Homestead and Simon Ortiz's Fight Back: For the Sake of the People, For the Sake of the Land

The Contradictions of a Western "Eden" in Homestead

Synedochic Life Writing in Fight Back: For the Sake of the People, For the Sake of the Land


Chapter 3: Wounding, Survival, and Authorship in William Kittredge's Hole in the Sky: A Memoir and Leslie Marmon Silko's Storyteller

Breaking Down the Mythology of Ownership: Confession and Disempowerment in Hole in the Sky: A Memoir

The Web of Survival: Multiform Autobiography as Resistance in Storyteller


Chapter 4: "Like all emigrants caught between here and there": Crossing Borders in Sandra Cisneros' Caramelo

Weaving Collective Identities

Challenging Generic Boundaries

Reworking Gender Relations

Revising Rigid Notions of Race

Destabilizing the Geographic Nation

Reading Literature as History

Borderland Dislocations in the New West


Conclusion: Multiform Narratives and the Rewriting of History


Notes

Bibliography

Index


 

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