Book REVIEWs Robert Runyon. LADY READING. Photograph from 5" x 7" glassplate negative. With permission from the Robert Runyon Photograph Collection, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. Image nr. 05686. Book Reviews Bandits, Captives, Heroines, and Saints: Cultural Icons of Mexico's Northwest Borderlands. By Robert McKee Irwin. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007. 331 pages, $67.50/$24.50. Reviewed by David Peterson University of Nebraska at Omaha Winner of WLA's 2008 Thomas J. Lyon Book Award, Robert Irwin's Bandits, Captives, Heroines, and Saints will appeal to multiple audiences, whether specialists in Mexican/Latin American/borderlands scholarship or nonspecialists interested in western studies generally. Specialists and established scholars will perhaps discover a potentially powerful new methodology that promises to reinvigorate US/Mexico borderlands research. Nonspecialists and students will find an excellent introduction to Mexicanist approaches and the various borderland cultures Irwin explores as well as an equally excellent model for understanding and appreciating the diversity and complexity of cultures on both sides of the border and beyond. Chapter 1 provides a useful and engaging overview of borderlands studies. Irwin cogently critiques US borderlands scholarship, focusing on the field's landmark publications and how, while succeeding in drawing attention to neglected
Western American Literature – The Western Literature Association
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