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Out of the Shadow: Ecopsychology, Story, and Encounters with the Land (review)

Out of the Shadow: Ecopsychology, Story, and Encounters with the Land (review) Book Reviews 205 `They're angry.' `They don't like whites.' `They'll take everything you got if you let 'em'" (187). Their unquestioned racism, abstract and based on no real experience, stands in contrast with Dobson's actual encounters with Native people. Such fracture lines display the best and worst of human behavior. Dobson's engaging, often lyrical style burnishes his memorable journey. With keen attention to detail, he makes the seldom seen stand out in stark contrast against the stereotypes and two-dimensional representations of plains people and spaces. He also makes us feel deeply the social injustices, cultural neglect, and economic displacement that affect thousands of people across this vast expanse of the American West. An important addition to the growing body of nonfiction literature from the Great Plains, Seldom Seen highlights the quiet, forgotten lives of America's rural center. Whether touching or discomfiting, these ordinary lives, like grace notes, make Dobson's journey into the Great Plains unexpectedly luminous. Out of the Shadow: Ecopsychology, Story, and Encounters with the Land. By Rinda West. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2007. 247 pages, $65.00/$24.50. Reviewed by Mark C. Long Keene State College, New Hampshire At the core of this critical study is the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Western American Literature The Western Literature Association

Out of the Shadow: Ecopsychology, Story, and Encounters with the Land (review)

Western American Literature , Volume 45 (2) – Aug 13, 2010

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Book Reviews 205 `They're angry.' `They don't like whites.' `They'll take everything you got if you let 'em'" (187). Their unquestioned racism, abstract and based on no real experience, stands in contrast with Dobson's actual encounters with Native people. Such fracture lines display the best and worst of human behavior. Dobson's engaging, often lyrical style burnishes his memorable journey. With keen attention to detail, he makes the seldom seen stand out in stark contrast against the stereotypes and two-dimensional representations of plains people and spaces. He also makes us feel deeply the social injustices, cultural neglect, and economic displacement that affect thousands of people across this vast expanse of the American West. An important addition to the growing body of nonfiction literature from the Great Plains, Seldom Seen highlights the quiet, forgotten lives of America's rural center. Whether touching or discomfiting, these ordinary lives, like grace notes, make Dobson's journey into the Great Plains unexpectedly luminous. Out of the Shadow: Ecopsychology, Story, and Encounters with the Land. By Rinda West. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2007. 247 pages, $65.00/$24.50. Reviewed by Mark C. Long Keene State College, New Hampshire At the core of this critical study is the

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