students are meant to learn "what the storytelling technique tells us about cultural assumptions in the texts" (172). The diversity of approaches and works represented in the volume reflects "the primary concerns of recent London scholarship, the major themes and conflicts in the London canon, and the varied pedagogical opportunities London's work offers instructors" (17). Appropriately, the most discussed works are The Sea-Wolf and The Call of the Wild, with three of the twenty-two essays focusing on each of them. Two essays are devoted to the Künstlerroman Martin Eden (1909) and two to the dystopian novel The Iron Heel (1908). Other novels specifically addressed in the collection include Valley of the Moon (1913) and Daughter of the Snows (1902). Representatives of London's short fiction include "South of the Slot," "Samuel," "To Build a Fire," and "Koolau the Leper." Additionally, there is one essay on London's socialism, one on his celebrity status, another on using London to teach composition, and two retrospective pieces by longtime scholar-teachers Sam S. Baskett and Earle Labor, who date their engagement with London back eight decades each. This collection offers anyone desiring to teach a work by Jack London a wealth of knowledge and
Western American Literature – The Western Literature Association
Published: Mar 30, 2017
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