198 Western American Literature Summer 2010 empire. If missions had sought to interpellate Native Americans in order to incorporate them into the social world, the dominant Anglo world had no material or discursive place for them: they would be exterminated, hunted down like animals (Burnham unfortunately completely understates this). Indeed, as much as Jackson wanted the United States government to accept its parental role in helping Native Americans acculturate, her novel Ramona frustratingly closes with an implicit capitulation to this new world order. The novel offers no material or discursive space for Native Americans or Mexicans. They would have to abandon the missions, the ranchos, survive in the wilderness, and, if possible, escape to another social world that offered some kind of discursive space for their existence. How did she develop her political ethics? Do her writings on parenting and Anglo-American women reveal an ethics-in-the-making that crystallize in her Indian reform writings? Burnham's volume begs for questions like these to be addressed and will surely stimulate more research. Future West: Utopia and Apocalypse in Frontier Science Fiction. By William H. Katerberg. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2008. 281 pages, $45.00. Reviewed by David Mogen Colorado State University, Fort
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