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The nature of the place : a study of Great Plains fiction, Diane Dufva Quantic

Label
The nature of the place : a study of Great Plains fiction
Title
The nature of the place
Title remainder
a study of Great Plains fiction
Statement of responsibility
Diane Dufva Quantic
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • For all its concentration upon individual writers and works, however, The Nature of the Place is marked by Quantic's sustained attention to the region's collective social and cultural history. Central to that cumulative focus is the constant, immensely fruitful clash between the myths of the Great Plains - myths represented by such phrases as the Garden of the World, the Great American Desert, the Closed Frontier, Manifest Destiny, and the Safety Valve - and the infinitely more complex history of the region. Quantic is always aware of how that clash, while most productive of literature, has made a final, definitive vision of the Great Plains impossible. In so vast and changeable a region it is only fitting that, as Wright Morris once remarked, "Many things would come to pass, but the nature of the place would remain a matter of opinion."
  • The Great Plains have long been fertile ground for literature. The Nature of the Place is a comprehensive study of novels and stories by writers of that region. Drawing upon studies by cultural geographers, historians, and literary critics, Diane Dufva Quantic creates an expansive portrait of the region, its history, and its literature. Quantic offers insightful readings of a staggering array of authors, including Willa Cather, Wright Morris, Mari Sandoz, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Frederick Manfred, Wallace Stegner, and Bess Streeter Aldrich. She considers the literature of the Plains and neighboring regions from early representations in such works as James Fenimore Cooper's The Prairie, published in 1827, through such contemporary authors as Douglas Unger and Ron Hansen
Cataloging source
DLC
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Quantic, Diane Dufva
Dewey number
813.009/03278
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS274
LC item number
.Q36 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American fiction
  • Regionalism in literature
  • Myth in literature
  • Great Plains
Label
The nature of the place : a study of Great Plains fiction, Diane Dufva Quantic
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
1. Theories of Land and Society: Making the Myths -- 2. The Lure of the West: Searching for the Myths -- 3. Learning to Live on the Land: Testing the Myths -- 4. The Dream Deferred: Acting on the Myths -- 5. The Enclosed Garden: Coming to Terms with Place -- 6. Afloat on the Sea of Grass: Transforming the Myths -- 7. The Unifying Thread: Connecting Place and Language
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xx, 203 p. :
Isbn
9780803238008
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
94034986
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u922774-01umb_inst
  • (Sirsi) AID-6221
  • 01435
  • (OCoLC)31206147
Label
The nature of the place : a study of Great Plains fiction, Diane Dufva Quantic
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
1. Theories of Land and Society: Making the Myths -- 2. The Lure of the West: Searching for the Myths -- 3. Learning to Live on the Land: Testing the Myths -- 4. The Dream Deferred: Acting on the Myths -- 5. The Enclosed Garden: Coming to Terms with Place -- 6. Afloat on the Sea of Grass: Transforming the Myths -- 7. The Unifying Thread: Connecting Place and Language
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xx, 203 p. :
Isbn
9780803238008
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
94034986
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u922774-01umb_inst
  • (Sirsi) AID-6221
  • 01435
  • (OCoLC)31206147

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