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Left in the West : literature, culture, and progressive politics in the American West

Left in the West : literature, culture, and progressive politics in the American West / edited by Gioia Woods.
Reno, Nevada : University of Nevada Press, [2018]

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Woods, Gioia, 1968-
vi, 431 pages; 23 cm
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  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
pt. I Left Movements: Institutions and Ideologies -- 1. "Activism Brings Out the Best in All of Us": Toward a History of Peace and Justice Movements in Utah from the 1960s to the Present / John S. McCormick -- 2. Deep Ecology in Humboldt County: Bill Devall and a Philosophy for Action / Daniel Rinn -- 3. "An International, Dissident, Insurgent Ferment": Lawrence Ferlinghetti and the Left Coast / Gioia Woods -- 4. Traditional Roots of Woody Guthrie's Dust Bowl Ballads / William M. Clements -- 5. Luis J. Rodriguez's Always Running: Between Chicano Nationalism and the Left / Jose Navarro -- pt. II Left Readings: Rewriting Region and Radicalism -- 6. Eschaton of Abundance: Ward Moore's Greener Than You Think as Transcendentalist Satire / Robert Yusef Rabiee -- 7. MariSandoz: A Writer's Politics / Bette Weidman -- 8. "Poisons Up to the Waist in a Junkyard of Breaking Machines": Peter Berg, Bioregional Ethics, and the Trouble with the Master's Tools / William Lombardi -- 9. Contact Points: The Roadside Diner's Machinery of Work in John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath / John Schwetman -- 10. "The Queen of the Mad Frontier": Settler Colonialism and Jack Spicer's Queer Politics / Alex Trimble Young -- pt. III Left in Transit: Success and Limitations -- 11. New Bohemias, California Style: The Intimate and Global Networks of Photographic Modernism / Audrey Goodman -- 12. "Backward in Time and Forward in Dream of Unknown Memory": Deborah Miranda's Unsettling Colonial Genealogies / Lisa J. Udel -- 13. Leaving the West for the Left: Louise Thompson Patterson, the New Negro Movement, and Black Women's Activism / Emily Lutenski -- 14. Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Herland, Race, and the California Suffrage and Women's Club Movements, 1896 -- 1911 / Darcie Rives-East.
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JFE 19-3809
  • 9781943859924
  • 1943859922
  • 2018011992
  • 40028784473
Left in the West : literature, culture, and progressive politics in the American West / edited by Gioia Woods.
Reno, Nevada : University of Nevada Press, [2018]
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"Left in the West is an edited collection bringing together histories, biographies, close readings, and theories about the literary and cultural left in the American West, especially as it is distinct from the more often-theorized literary left in New York and major eastern metropolitan centers. The collection argues for a new understanding of the relationship between region, progressive political engagement, and literary and cultural work; Woods and her contributors examine the West as a unique socio-political region shaped by specific environmental, social, economic, and ethnic concerns. While the literary left in the West shared many interests with other regional expressions of "left," including labor, class, anti-fascism, and anti-imperialism, the influence of Manifest Destiny and the distinct history of settler colonialism in western territories caused western leftists to develop concerns unique to the region, elevating issues of industrialization and environmental degradation, Native American sovereignty, and immigrant communities' access to power. And as this collection of essays makes clear, western leftists were (and are) deploying a broad range of literary genres and cultural techniques to address these unique concerns"--Provided by publisher.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Woods, Gioia, 1968- editor.
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Online version: Left in the West. First edition. Reno : University of Nevada Press, [2018] 9781943859948 (DLC) 2018015771
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