Book Reviews 201 atic power relationships inherent to the genre. Palmer argues, "a middleclass writer who works for the national literary market does not destroy the place but rather indexes the way that the place acts upon the middle-class writer" (10). Palmer's chapters focus on Caroline Kirkland, Eliza Farnham, and Rose Terry Cooke; Bret Harte and Sarah Orne Jewett; Rebecca Harding Davis and Thomas Detter; William Dean Howells; and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps. Her work is historically grounded, attentive to the text as a site of meaning, and an engaging read. Readers of Western American Literature will no doubt be particularly interested in her discussion of Kirkland and Harte, but her central argument about the way a narrative motif can express the complexities of region is also provocative and well worth consideration. Reading, Learning, Teaching N. Scott Momaday. By Jim Charles. New York: Peter Lang, 2007. 150 pages, $24.95. Leslie Marmon Silko's "Ceremony": The Recovery of Tradition. By Robert M. Nelson. New York: Peter Lang, 2008. 197 pages, $32.95. Reviewed by Lee Schweninger University of North Carolina Wilmington In Reading, Learning, Teaching N. Scott Momaday (volume 5 in Peter Lang Publishing's new educational series Confronting the Text, Confronting the
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