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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