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Transcontinental Reflections on the American West: Words, Images, Sounds beyond Borders ed. by Ángel Chaparro Sainz and Amaia Ibarraran Bigalondo (review)

Transcontinental Reflections on the American West: Words, Images, Sounds beyond Borders ed. by... Ángel Chaparro Sainz and Amaia Ibarraran Bigalondo, eds., Transcontinental Reflections on the American West: Words, Images, Sounds beyond Borders. London: PortalEditions, 2015. 424 pp. Paper, $22.90. For scholars of the American literary West, many of whom have long been invested in theories of borderless or “postregional” spaces, the events of 2016 must have felt like running full-tilt into an invisible wall. After England’s vote to close its borders to the European Union or Donald Trump’s election pledge to “build a wall” along America’s southern boundary, it seems while scholars may be done with borders, borders are not yet done with us. Yet Ángel Chaparro Sainz and Amaia Ibarraran Bigalondo’s edited collection of essays provides an opportunity for a global group of scholars to study the American West from a perspective that strives to be, as their subtitle has it, “beyond borders.” For Sainz and Bigalondo, the borders in question refer not just to nation or region but to generic and disciplinary borders as well. The essays are united by this expansive sense of boundary crossing. It is in this spirit that Jesus Ángel González sketches the generic border crossings that connect Dashiell Hammett’s hard-boiled fiction, the Western genre, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Western American Literature The Western Literature Association

Transcontinental Reflections on the American West: Words, Images, Sounds beyond Borders ed. by Ángel Chaparro Sainz and Amaia Ibarraran Bigalondo (review)

Western American Literature , Volume 52 (2) – Aug 16, 2017

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Ángel Chaparro Sainz and Amaia Ibarraran Bigalondo, eds., Transcontinental Reflections on the American West: Words, Images, Sounds beyond Borders. London: PortalEditions, 2015. 424 pp. Paper, $22.90. For scholars of the American literary West, many of whom have long been invested in theories of borderless or “postregional” spaces, the events of 2016 must have felt like running full-tilt into an invisible wall. After England’s vote to close its borders to the European Union or Donald Trump’s election pledge to “build a wall” along America’s southern boundary, it seems while scholars may be done with borders, borders are not yet done with us. Yet Ángel Chaparro Sainz and Amaia Ibarraran Bigalondo’s edited collection of essays provides an opportunity for a global group of scholars to study the American West from a perspective that strives to be, as their subtitle has it, “beyond borders.” For Sainz and Bigalondo, the borders in question refer not just to nation or region but to generic and disciplinary borders as well. The essays are united by this expansive sense of boundary crossing. It is in this spirit that Jesus Ángel González sketches the generic border crossings that connect Dashiell Hammett’s hard-boiled fiction, the Western genre,

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Published: Aug 16, 2017

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