Western American Literature 49.3

The fall issue of Western American Literature (49.3) is in the mail, and available on Project Muse.


Far from the Pastoral Myth: Basque Sheepherders in Contemporary Western American Fiction

David Rio

“The Sterility of their art”: Masculinity and the Western in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony

Lydia R. Cooper


Amaia Ibarraran, Martin Simonson, and David Rio, eds., The Neglected West: Contemporary Approaches to Western American Literature-Nancy S. Cook

David L. Moore, That Dream Shall Have a Name: Native Americans Rewriting America-O. Alan Weltzien

Michelle H. Raheja, Reservation Reelism: Redfacing, Visual Sovereignty, and Representations of Native Americans in Film

-Scott D. Emmert

James H. Cox, The Red Land to the South: American Indian Writers and Indigenous Mexico-Lisa Tatonetti

Scott Knickerbocker, Ecopoetics: The Language of Nature, the Nature of Language-Robert Scott

William E. Tydeman, Conversations with Barry Lopez: Walking the Path of Imagination-Jason Hertz

Don Waters, Sunland-Andrea Clark Mason

Gerald Vizenor, Chair of Tears-Andy Meyer

Scott Momaday, Again the Far Morning: New and Selected Poems-Matthias Schubnell

Mary K. Stillwell, The Life & Poetry of Ted Kooser-Scott Knickerbocker

Jackson J. Benson, Haunted: The Strange and Profound Art of Wright Morris, a Biography and a Photo Gallery

-Rodney P. Rice

Evelyn I. Funda, Weeds: A Farm Daughter’s Lament-Susan H. Swetnam

Jean Morgan Meaux, ed., In Pursuit of Alaska: An Anthology of Travelers’ Tales, 1879-1909-Eric Heyne

Mark Liebenow, Mountains of Light: Seasons of Reflection in Yosemite-Scott Herring

SueEllen Campbell, et al., The Face of the Earth: Natural Landscapes, Science and Culture

-Ann E. Lundberg

William deBuys, A Great Aridness: Climate Change and the Future of the American Southwest

-Sharman Apt Russell

Deadline for WLA Registration

Dear WLAers,

Please remember that the Early Bird registration rate (for regular members) is only available until Monday, September 15. You may register for the conference here: http://conferences.uvic.ca/index.php/bordersongs/bordersongs2014/schedConf/registration


CFP: WLA Panel at ASLE

CFP: WLA Panel at ASLE

Literatures of the Gold Rush

As an affiliate organization, the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) supports a WLA-sponsored panel at its annual conference. With attention to the 2015 ASLE conference theme – “Notes From Underground: The Depths of Environmental Arts, Culture and Justice” – this panel will address western literatures of extraction and mining, with particular attention to texts related to western gold rushes. Proposals are invited that critically examine texts that engage the complex history of mining operations in the West from a diversity of perspectives. How do varied cultural and historical contexts impact the way mining, particularly gold mining, is imagined? How are relationships to land and place influenced by mining operations and the search for mineral wealth? How does mineral extraction impact western environments and the stories we tell about the West? How are practices of extraction inscribed on the land and/or in the formal elements of literature?

Please submit a 150-word abstract to Amy Hamilton at amyhamil@nmu.edu by November 1; please include in the subject line of your email “WLA Panel at ASLE.” The WLA panel will be formed in time to resubmit your proposal to the general call if your submission is not selected for the WLA-sponsored panel.


Longmire News

There’s a new Walt Longmire novel, Craig Johnson’s latest in the series, By Any Other Name.
Click her for the Wyoming Tribune Eagle review.

Shortly following the publication of the new book, the Longmire television series returns June 2 on A&E.

Herb Jeffries, at 100

Evil Women, Mean Girls

Call for Chapters

Evil Women and Mean Girls: Critical Examinations of the Fairer Sex’s Nasty Side in History, Literature, and Popular Culture.

Edited by Lynne Fallwell and Keira V. Williams, Texas Tech University

Due date for abstracts (500-700 words): September 1, 2014

Notification of acceptance date: October 1, 2014

Due date for accepted paper drafts (8000-10,000 words):March 31, 2015

The editors invite scholars from relevant disciplines to submit original research for the proposed collection Evil Women and Mean Girls. The purpose of this edited collection is to explore gendered representations of “evil” in popular culture and history (historical era and geographical region open). Scholars often explore the relationships between gender, sex, and violence through theories of inequality, violence against women, and female victimization, but what happens when women are the perpetrators of violent or harmful behavior? In this volume, we seek to explore the following questions: How do we define “evil”? What makes evil men seem different from evil women? When women commit acts of violence or harmful behavior, how are they represented differently from men? How do perceptions of class, race, and age influence these representations? How have these representations changed over time, and why? What purposes have gendered representations of evil served in culture and history? What is the relationship between gender, punishment of evil behavior, and equality?

Chapter proposals may include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Criminal women in pop culture, literature, or history
  • Historical and changing definitions of “evil” behavior for women
  • Representations of female villains
  • The sexualization of female violence
  • Slut-shaming
  • Gender and bullying, cyberbullying
  • Women as social dangers
  • Motherhood
  • The roles of race, ethnicity, class, religion, and heterosexism in definitions of feminine “evil”
  • The association between feminism and female violence
  • The alleged link between hormones, emotions, and female violence
  • Punishment (legal and/or social)
  • Female leaders and other public figures
  • Women in gangs
  • School cliques

Abstracts of 500-700 words should include:

  1. Definition of the topic and concise argument statement
  2. A brief description of the cultural context of the topic
  3. A brief description of how your article fits into the existing scholarship on the topic

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Submission deadline for abstracts (500-700 words): September 1, 2014
  2. Submissions should be double-spaced, with Times New Roman, 12-point font, Chicago style citations.
  3. Submissions should be prepared for blind-review (with author’s name, 50-word bio, and institutional affiliation appearing on a separate page) in a Word document and sent via email to: Keira Williams and Lynne Fallwell at evilwomenmeangirls@gmail.com
  4. Notification of Acceptance: October 1, 2014
  5. Drafts of Accepted Papers: March 31, 2015


Inquiries are welcome, and should be directed to Keira Williams or Lynne Fallwell at evilwomenmeangirls@gmail.com.


Editor Bios:

Keira Williams holds a Ph.D. in History and is an Assistant Professor in the Honors College at Texas Tech University. Her research fields include gender, crime, and popular culture, and she is the author of Gendered Politics in the Modern South: The Susan Smith Case and the Rise of a New Sexism (LSU Press, 2012).

Lynne Fallwell holds a Ph.D. in Modern German History. Her research fields include gender, Nazi medicine, Holocaust and Comparative Genocide, and she is the author of German Midwifery 1885-1960 (Pickering & Chatto, 2013). Currently, she is Director of National and International Scholarships & Fellowships at Texas Tech University.


Annette Kolodny Tribute


From left to right, Margo Lukens (University of Maine), Lorrayne Carroll (University of Southern Maine), Sabine Klein (kneeling, University of Maine-Farmington), Michael Johnson (University of Maine-Farmington), Jennifer Tuttle (University of New England), Annette Kolodny (Professor Emerita of American Literature and Culture, University of Arizona), Nancy Gish (University of Southern Maine), and Cathleen Miller (University of New England).

Held at the Maine Women Writer’s Collection at the University of New England, faculty from several Maine campuses gathered together to pay tribute to influential scholar Annette Kolodny, present in Maine to participate in a series of lectures at three UMaine campuses (USM, UMF, and Orono). I don’t usually post Maine-oriented material on the WLA blog, but this seemed like a special occasion, as Professor Kolodny was touring the state in support of her book, In Search of First Contact: The Vikings of Vinland, the Peoples of the Dawnland, and the Anglo-American Anxiety of Discovery, which was awared the 2013 WLA Thomas J. Lyon Book Award for Outstanding Book in Western American Literary and Cultural Studies. Also, among the faculty contributing to the tribute to Professor Kolodny were a couple of WLA members (Michael Johnson,  and Jennifer Tuttle, who hosted the event).


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