Narrating the American West: New Forms of Historical Memory

by Jordana Finnegan


"Opens up new dimensions of the American West. Recommended." - CHOICE

"This insightful study offers a literary and historical critique of various western narratives ... Finnegan's discussion of Janet Campbell Hale is especially strong, providing compelling insights into work by a Native author without deep tribal or reservation ties in her background ... Finnegan's discussion of all of these western texts in a postmodern context and her insights about regionalism, narrative structure, and autobiography make this volume an important contribution to the study of western American literature." - Western American Literature

"The author's careful readings reveal that new western narratives, whether taking the form of autobiography, fiction, or conventional history, often wind up perpetuating older frameworks. This book is valuable for its critical analysis but its ultimate importance lies in the alternative stories it uncovers and the space it affords them. These stories point the way toward a truer understanding of this part of the world." - Professor Jeffrey Ostler, University of Oregon


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