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The Routledge Companion to Gender and the American West

Edited By Susan Bernardin Copyright 2022
    506 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    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.

    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


    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