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The Routledge Companion to Gender and the American West

Edited By

Susan Bernardin

ISBN 9780815387015
Published June 20, 2022 by Routledge
506 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This is the first major collection to remap the American West though the intersectional lens of gender and sexuality, especially in relation to race and Indigeneity. Organized through several interrelated key concepts, The Routledge Companion to Gender and the American West addresses gender and sexuality from and across diverse and divergent methodologies. Comprising 34 chapters by a team of international contributors, the Companion is divided into four parts:

  • Genealogies
  • Bodies
  • Movements
  • Lands

The volume features leading and newer scholars whose essays connect interdisciplinary fields including Indigenous Studies, Latinx and Asian American Studies, Western American Studies, and Queer, Feminist, and Gender Studies. Through innovative methodologies and reclaimed archives of knowledge, contributors model fresh frameworks for thinking about relations of power and place, gender and genre, settler colonization and decolonial resistance. Even as they reckon with the ongoing gendered and racialized violence at the core of the American West, contributors forge new lexicons for imagining alternative Western futures. This pathbreaking collection will be invaluable to scholars and students studying the origins, myths, histories, and legacies of the American West. 

This is a foundational collection that will become invaluable to scholars and students across a range of disciplines including Gender and Sexuality Studies, Literary Studies, Indigenous Studies, and Latinx Studies.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Genealogies

  1. Mountains and Valleys of Difference: Traces of Language on the Land
  2. Margaret Noodin

  3. Re-inscribing a Woman Writer into the West: Sor María de Jesús de Ágreda and
  4. the Laterality of Legend

    Anna M. Nogar

  5. Drifting Across Lines in the Sand: Unsettled Records and the Restoration of
  6. Cultural Memories in Indigenous California

    Luhui Whitebear

  7. More than One Story: Gender, Region, and the American West in Japanese American Literature
  8. Florence D. Amamoto

  9. Yosemite Climbing Films and the Regeneration of White Masculinity in the American West
  10. Peter L. Bayers

  11. Ivan Doig’s "Geography of Risk" and Legacies of Selfhood in Contemporary White Western Men’s Memoir
  12. Linda Karell

  13. The Popular Western in Print: A Feminist Genealogy
  14. Victoria Lamont

  15. The Persistence of Western Women Writers
  16. Cathryn Halverson

  17. Standpoint, Situated Knowledge, Feminist Wests
  18. Krista Comer

    Part 2: Bodies

  19. "That’s history. That’s truth. I Seen It Myself": A Native American Slave Narrative
  20. Jean Pfaelzer

  21. Disturbing the Peace: Genre, Gender, Jurisdiction, and Justice in the Short Fiction of Ruth Muskrat Bronson
  22. Kirby Brown

  23. Native Mother, Daughter, and Granddaughter: The Murder of Savanna Greywind and the Abduction of Haisley Jo Greywind
  24. Liza Black

  25. Popular Indigenous Women Performers, Wild West Scenarios, and Relations of Looking
  26. Christine Bold

  27. The Absent Native Body in Film and its Return
  28. Jacob Floyd

  29. Extractive Masculinity: The Western’s Precarious Male Bodies in the
  30. Anthropocene

    Sylvan Goldberg

  31. Blood Tests in the Toxic Wests: Unsettling Settler Masculinities in John Carpenter’s The Thing
  32. Joshua T. Anderson

  33. The Very Borderland of Our Act": The Queer West, Historical Violence, and the Intersectional Future
  34. William R. Handley

  35. Genders and Sexualities Across the Asian North American West
  36. Ryan Wander

    Part 3: Movements

  37. "Incalculable Evils": Policing Gender, Race, and the Family in the US West
  38. Jayson Gonzales Sae-Saue

  39. Writing the Rails in Edith Eaton’s West
  40. Jennifer S. Tuttle

  41. Black Women Writers Reclaiming Western Literature: Regionalism and
  42. Historical Fiction in the 1990s

    Kalenda Eaton

  43. What about the Ingalls? What about La Casa de la Pradera?: The Reception of Little House on the Prairie in Spain
  44. Amaia Ibarraran

  45. Gender and the Global West: Movements, Belonging, Exclusions

Susan Kollin

  1. In-Between Kumeyaay and Brooklyn: Mapping Queer Indigenous Memory,
  2. Affect, and Futurity in Tommy Pico’s IRL

    Ho’esta Mo’e’hahne

  3. Fierce Mariposa Warriors
  4. Daniel Enrique Pérez

  5. Queer Indigenous Feminism: Unsettling ‘Gender’ as a Decolonizing Methodology

Alicia Carroll

Part 4: Lands

27. The Alternative Archive and Gendered Dispossession

Karen R. Roybal

28. Reshaping Texas: Kimberly Garza’s Short Fiction and the Gulf of Mexico

T. Jackie Cuevas

29. Colonialism and Gendered Violence in the Grassy, Bloody West

Amy T. Hamilton

30. "Ghastly Whiteness": Ecofascism and Indigenous Ecofeminism on Cogewea’s Frontier

April Anson

31. A Crowded Wilderness: Women, Homemaking, and Federal Bureaucracies in the American Southwest, 1920-1968

Nancy Cook

32. What Is a Feminist Landscape? A Vocabulary for Re-visioning Place in the U.S. West

Audrey Goodman

33. Gesturing Towards the Sacred: Los Angeles, Queer Lands and Bodies in Hector Silva’s ‘Los Hijos de Doña Rita"

Eddy Francisco Alvarez Jr.

34. "Land Back" Beyond Repatriation: Restoring Indigenous Land Relationships

Lindsey Schneider

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Susan Bernardin is Director of the School of Language, Culture, and Society at Oregon State University in Corvallis. A specialist in Indigenous Literary and Visual Studies as well as Gender and the American West, she has published widely on foundational and contemporary Native authors as well as Indigenous mixed-media, visual arts, and comics.


"The Routledge Companion to Gender and the American West brings together diverse voices and overlooked sources to provide nuanced gendered and queer perspectives on settler colonialism and the many cultures that occupy the western United States."

Cynthia C. Prescott, author of Pioneer Mother Monuments: Constructing Cultural Memory