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ISBN: 978-0-87417-335-2
Binding: [Hardcover]
Pages: 336
Publication date: 1999
$41.95
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Exploring Lost Borders
Critical Essays on Mary Austin
Description
This is the first book-length collection of essays on Mary Austin's work that covers the range of her writing in varied genres. Austin is revealed as a writer wrestling with issues that continue to challenge us today, including water in the arid West; social and environmental justice as it relates to indigenous peoples, women, and the working class; and the consequences of rigidly hierarchical thinking for western lands and people.
Reviews
“In a combination of vibrant prose and inclusive commentary, Temple succeeds in conveying what the whole collection fast accomplishes: presenting the remarkable diversity of a larger-than-life figure in all her contradictions and complexity. . . . Exploring Lost Borders is an important addition to Austin studies and sets a high standard for forthcoming criticism.” —Ann Merrill Ingram, Legacy, 2000
Contents
Introduction
At Cross Purposes: Church, State, and Sex in Mary Austin's Isidro
Approaching the Imperialist Mirage: Mary Austin's Lost Borders
Mary Austin's "Indian-ness" and the Fight for Native Rights in the Southwest
Ritual Drama/Dramatic Ritual: Austin's "Indian Plays"
Singing Like the Indians Do: Mary Austin's Poetry
Serving Suspended Sentences: Mary Austin's Compositions and Explanations
Between Worlds, Crossing Borders: Mary Austin, Liminality, and the Dilemma of Women's Creativity
A Taste for Center Stage: Consumption and Feminism in A Woman of Genius
Can the Subalter-Ego Speak? Experiences Representing 'Mary Austin' on the Chautuaqua Circuit
Revision on the Horizon
Mary Austin's Land of the Little Rain: Remembering the Coyote
The Flock: An Ecocritical Look at Mary Austin's Sheep and John Muir's Hoofed Locusts
The Land's Water: The Ford and Mary Austin's Ecofeminist Vision
Walking Off an Illness? Don't Go West, Young Man
Bibliography
Index