New Wests and Post-Wests: Literature and Film of the American West ed. by Paul Varner (review)

New Wests and Post-Wests: Literature and Film of the American West ed. by Paul Varner (review) stead in North Carolina, and tell the unlikely history of the political designation of Lake Michigan's Apostle Islands. This collection is useful for scholars and students who wish to encounter a wide variety of stories, history, and argument about the working-class relationship to nature so often and easily overlooked or suppressed in the broad sweep of environmental studies focused on the concept of wilderness or the short-sighted denigration of human use as a legitimate relationship to nature. Daniel Clausen University of Nebraska­Lincoln Paul Varner, ed., New Wests and Post-Wests: Literature and Film of the American West. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013. 278 pp. Cloth, £44.99. In his preface, Paul Varner describes this essay collection as an "eclectic array of new scholarship ranging freely over the New Wests and Post Wests" (viii). The free-range scholarship contained in this collection certainly is eclectic--a potpourri of film reviews, thematic plot and character summaries, comparative textual studies, and historical discussions along with sophisticated theory-driven analyses of texts and films; unfortunately, it is also uneven. Further, despite the promise of the collection's title and Varner's claim that the collection breaks new ground based on recent reconstructions of New West and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Western American Literature The Western Literature Association

New Wests and Post-Wests: Literature and Film of the American West ed. by Paul Varner (review)

Western American Literature, Volume 51 (1) – Jul 3, 2016

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stead in North Carolina, and tell the unlikely history of the political designation of Lake Michigan's Apostle Islands. This collection is useful for scholars and students who wish to encounter a wide variety of stories, history, and argument about the working-class relationship to nature so often and easily overlooked or suppressed in the broad sweep of environmental studies focused on the concept of wilderness or the short-sighted denigration of human use as a legitimate relationship to nature. Daniel Clausen University of Nebraska­Lincoln Paul Varner, ed., New Wests and Post-Wests: Literature and Film of the American West. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013. 278 pp. Cloth, £44.99. In his preface, Paul Varner describes this essay collection as an "eclectic array of new scholarship ranging freely over the New Wests and Post Wests" (viii). The free-range scholarship contained in this collection certainly is eclectic--a potpourri of film reviews, thematic plot and character summaries, comparative textual studies, and historical discussions along with sophisticated theory-driven analyses of texts and films; unfortunately, it is also uneven. Further, despite the promise of the collection's title and Varner's claim that the collection breaks new ground based on recent reconstructions of New West and

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