Critical Insights: Southwestern Literature

Critical Insights Series

The series focuses on an individual author's entire body of work, a single work of literature, or a literary theme.

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  • 1 Volume; 300 Pages
  • 10-14 essays offering Current Critical Analysis by Top Literary Scholars
  • Introductory Essay by the Editor
  • Additional Works on Theme
  • Detailed Bio of the Editor
  • General Bibliography
  • General Subject Index
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Editor: William Brannon
January 2016 · 1 volume · 300 pages · 6"x9"

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ISBN: 978-1-61925-842-6
# of Pages: 300
# of Volumes: 1
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Outstanding, in-depth scholarship by renowned literary critics; great starting point for students seeking an introduction to the theme and the critical discussions surrounding it.

Novels of the American Southwest most often deal with battles between man and the desert landscape, quests of Manifest Destiny, tales of the Old West, and cross-cultural conflicts between white American settlers and Native American tribes, including the Navajo and Apache. This volume explores these and many other themes, found in the works of such authors as Willa Cather, Cormac McCarthy, Larry McMurtry, and more.

Following an introductory essay, four Contextual Essays are intended to provide a general introduction to the volume's theme and facilitate the immersion of readers into the more focused ten Critical Reading chapters that follow. An historical background essay addresses how Southwestern literature has been influenced by different time periods, and examines what makes the literature of the Southwest relevant to a modern audience. A critical reception essay reviews the history of the critical response to Southwestern literature, surveying the major concerns that critics of the region's literature have addressed over the year.

Each essay is 2,500 to 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of "Works Cited," along with endnotes. Finally, the volume's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources:

About This Volume
Critical Context: Original Introductory Essays
Critical Readings: Original In-Depth Essays
Further Readings
Detailed Bibliography
Detailed Bio of the Editor
General Subject Index