In this study, Russell explores the ways in which Willa Cather and Toni Morrison subvert the textual expectations of gendered geography and push against the boundaries of the official canon. As Russell demonstrates, the unique depictions Cather and Morrison create of the American landscape challenge existing assertions about American fiction. Specifically, Russell argues that looking at the intimate connections between space, gender, race, and identity as they play out in the fiction of Cather and Morrison refutes the myth of a unified American landscape and thus opens up the territory of American fiction.
Preface and Acknowledgments vii Chapter One Where Am I and How Did I Get Here?:The Connections between Space, Identity, andthe Fiction of Willa Cather and Toni Morrison 1 Chapter Two Background Foregrounded: The Significance of Settingor "Don’t Skip the Descriptive Bits" 27 Chapter Three Manoeuvring through the Maternal Landscape:Traditions, Tropes, and New Techniques 59 Chapter Four Home, Hearth, and Harpies: Discovering a Space ofOne’s Own in the Domestic Sphere 103 Chapter Five "This Way to the Egress:" Exiting Thoughts on theCartography of Connection.