9780739123959

The Geographical Imagination of Annie Proulx

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  • ISBN13:

    9780739123959

  • ISBN10:

    0739123955

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-12-01
  • Publisher: Lexington Books

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Summary

This highly readable edited collection focuses on the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Proulx. Each contributor to this volume explores a different facet of Proulx's striking attention to geography, place, landscape, regional environments, and local economies in her writing. Covering all of her novels and short story collections, scholars from the United States, Canada, and abroad engage in critical analyses of Proulx's new regionalism, use of geographical settings, and themes of displacement and immigration. Taken together, these essays demonstrate Annie Proulx's contribution to new regionalist understandings of place on local, national, and global scales. Readers will come away with a better understanding of Proulx's particular landscapes_particularly those of Wyoming, New England, Texas, and Newfoundland_and the issues surrounding the significance of these regions in contemporary American culture and literature.

Author Biography

Alex Hunt is associate professor in the English department at West Texas AM University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introduction: The Insistence of Geography in the Writing of Annie Proulxp. 1
Orientations
The Influence of the Annales School on Annie Proulx's Geographical Imaginationp. 11
Proulx and the Postmodern Hyperrealp. 25
Drinking the Elixir of Ownership: Pilgrims and Improvers in the Landscapes of Annie Proulx's That Old Ace in the Hole and The Shipping Newsp. 39
Postnational United States Regional Hinterlands: Proulx's Ethnic Working-Class Communities in Accordion Crimesp. 51
Geographies
Born Under a Bad Sign: The Question of Geographical Determinism in the Hardscrabble Northern Borderlands of Heart Songs and Other Storiesp. 63
The Corpse in the Stone Wall: Annie Proulx's Ironic New Englandp. 73
"All the qualities o' th' isle": The Shipping News as Island Mythp. 87
Annie Proulx's Wyoming: Geographical Determinism, Landscape, and Caricaturep. 99
Westward Proulx: The Resistant Landscapes of Close Range: Wyoming Stories and That Old Ace in the Holep. 113
Directions
Landed Bodies: Geography and Disability in The Shipping Newsp. 127
The Location of Immigration: Itinerant Communities and Cultural Hybridity in Annie Proulx's Accordion Crimesp. 141
Brokeback Mountain as Progressive Narrative and Cinematic Vision: Landscape, Emotion, and the Denial of Domesticityp. 155
Capitalism vs. Localism: Economies of Scale in Annie Proulx's Postcards and That Old Ace in the Holep. 169
The Ecology of Narrative: Annie Proulx's That Old Ace in the Hole as Critical Regionalist Fictionp. 183
Afterword
Red Desert: The History of a Place, and Annie Proulx as Environmental Historianp. 197
Bibliographyp. 201
Indexp. 211
Contributorsp. 215
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