Recommended Readings

Week 2 Theoretical and Historical Overviews

Beltran, Cristina. “Patrolling Borders: Hybrids, Hierarchies and the Challenge of Mestizaje.” Political Research Quarterly 57, no. 4 (2004): 595–607.

Castaneda, Antonia. “Women of Color and the Rewriting of Western History.” Women and Gender in the American West. University of New Mexico Press, 2004, pp. 66–88. ISBN: 9780826335999. [Preview with Google Books]

Cutter, Martha. Lost and Found in Translation: Contemporary Ethnic American Writing and the Politics of Language Diversity. University of North Carolina Press, 2005. ISBN: 9780807829776. [Preview with Google Books]

Irwin, Mary Ann, and James Brooks. Women and Gender in the American West. University of New Mexico Press, 2004. ISBN: 9780826335999. [Preview with Google Books]

Jameson, Elizabeth, and Susan Armitage. Writing the Range: Race, Class, and Culture in the Women’s West. University of Oklahoma Press, 1997. ISBN: 9780806129525. [Preview with Google Books]

Limerick, Patricia. The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West. W. W. Norton and Company, 1987. ISBN: 9780393304978.

Smith, Bonnie. All My Relatives: Community in Contemporary Ethnic American Literature. University of Michigan Press, 1994. ISBN: 9780472082858. [Preview with Google Books]

Stoler, Ann Laura, ed. Haunted by Empire: Geographies of Intimacy in North American History. Duke University Press, 2006. ISBN: 9780822337249. [Preview with Google Books]

Teuton, Sean Kicummah. Red Land, Red Power: Grounding Knowledge in the American Indian Novel. Duke University Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780822342236. [Preview with Google Books]

White, Richard. ‘It’s Your Misfortune and None of My own’: A New History of the American West. University of Oklahoma Press, 1993. ISBN: 9780806125671. [Preview with Google Books]

White Richard, and Patricia Nelson Limerick, eds. The Frontier in American Culture. University of California Press, 1994. ISBN: 9780520088443. [Preview with Google Books]

Week 3 The Great Plains and the Farm Frontier

Albers, Patricia. “Autonomy and Dependency in the Lives of Dakota Women: A Study in Historical Change.” Review of Radical Political Economics 17, no. 3 (1985): 109–134.

Bettelyoung, Susan Bordeau, and Josephine Waggoner. With My Own Eyes: A Lakota Woman Tells Her People’s History. University of Nebraska Press, 1988. ISBN: 9780803212800. [Preview with Google Books]

Hoxie, Frederick E. A Final Promise: The Campaign to Assimilate the Indians, 1880–1920. University of Nebraska Press, 1984. ISBN: 9780803223233. [Preview with Google Books]

Jensen, Joan M. Calling This Place Home: Women on the Wisconsin Frontier, 1850–1925. Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2006. ISBN: 9780873515634. [Preview with Google Books]

Osterud, Nancy Grey. “Gender and the Transition to Capitalism in Rural America.” Agricultural History 67, no. 2 (1993): 14–29.

Recommended Film: The New Land. Directed by Jan Troell. Color, 102 min. Svensk Filmindustri, 1972.

Week 4 The Farm Frontier: Literary Perspectives

Goldberg, Jonathan. Willa Cather & Others. Duke University Press, 2001. ISBN: 9780822326779. [Preview with Google Books]

Massey, Doreen. Space, Place and Gender. University of Minnesota Press, 1994. ISBN: 9780816626175.

Rowowski, Susan. Cather Studies, Volume 5: Willa Cather’s Ecological Imagination. University of Nebraska Press, 2003. ISBN: 9780803264359.

Week 5 The Borderlands

Benton–Cohen, Catherine. “Common Purposes, Worlds Apart: Mexican American, Mormon, and Midwestern Women Homesteaders in Cochise County, Arizona.” Western Historical Quarterly 36, no. 4 (2005): 429–52.

Delgado, Grace Pena. “Border Control and Sexual Policing: White Slavery and Prostitution along the US–Mexico Borderlands, 1903–1910.” Western Historical Quarterly 43, no. 2 (2012): 157–78.

Moynihan, Ruth, et al., eds. So Much To Be Done: Women Settlers on the Mining and Ranching Frontier. 2nd ed. University of Nebraska Press, 1998. ISBN: 9780803282483. [Preview with Google Books]

Shah, Nayan. Stranger Intimacy: Contesting Race, Sexuality, and Law in the North American West. University of California Press, 2011. [Preview with Google Books]

Week 7 Challenges to Gender and Sexuality

Boag, Peter. Re–Dressing: America’s Frontier Past. University of California Press, 2011. ISBN: 9780520270626. [Preview with Google Books]

Basso, Michael, et al, eds. Across the Great Divide: Cultures of Manhood in the American West. Routledge, 2001. ISBN: 9780415924719. [Preview with Google Books]

Week 8 Immigration, Migration, and Farm Labor on the West Coast

Fujita–Rony, Dorothy. “A Shared Pacific Arena: Empire, Agriculture, and The Life Narratives of Mary Paik Lee, Angeles Monrayo, and Mary Tomita.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies 32, no. 2 (2013): 20–51.

Yung, Judy. “It’s Hard to Be Born a Woman but Hopeless to Be Born a Chinese.” Women Writing Women. University of Nebraska Press, 2006, pp. 241–264. ISBN: 9780803273368.

Week 9 Women, Politics, and the Radical West

Olson, Tillie. Yonnondio: Notes from the Thirties. 1974.

Rosenfelt, Deborah. “From the Thirties: Tillie Olsen and the Radical Tradition.” Feminist Studies 7, no. 3 (1981): 371–406.

Smith, Craig. Sing My Whole Life Long: Jenny Vincent’s Life in Folk Music and Activism. University of New Mexico Press, 2007. ISBN: 9780826342263. [Preview with Google Books]

Week 10 Cultural Brokers and Moral Reform

Goldman, Anne. “‘I Yam what I Yam’: Cooking, Culture, and Colonialism in New Mexico.” In Take My Word: Autobiographical Innovations of Ethnic American Working Women. University of California Press, 1996, pp. 3–31. ISBN: 9780520200975. [Preview with Google Books]

Jacobs, Margaret D. “Maternal Colonialism: White Women and Indigenous Child Removal in the American West and Australia, 1880–1940.” Western Historical Quarterly 36, no. 4 (2005): 453–76.

Pascoe, Peggy. Relations of Rescue : The Search for Female Moral Authority in the American West, 1874–1939. Oxford University Press, 1990. ISBN: 9780195060089. [Preview with Google Books]

Totten, Gary. “Zitkala–Ša and the Problem of Regionalism: Nations, Narratives, and Critical Traditions.” American Indian Quarterly 29, no. 1 & 2 (2005): 84–123.

Recommended film: Rabbit Proof Fence. Directed by Phillip Noyce. Color, 94 min. 2002.

Week 11 Cultural Brokers Via the “Empire of the Lens”

Williams, Carol J. Framing the West: Race, Gender, and the Photographic Frontier in the Pacific Northwest. Oxford University Press, 2003. ISBN: 9780195146301.

Week 12 The Great Depression and World War II

Matsumoto, Valerie. “Japanese American Women During World War II.Frontiers 8, no. 4 (1984): 6–14.

Ruiz, Vicki, and Cannery Women. Cannery Lives: Mexican Women, Unionization, and the California Food Processing Industry, 1930–1950. University of New Mexico Press, 1987. ISBN: 9780826309884. [Preview with Google Books]

Wixson, Douglas. “Radical by Nature: Sanora Babb and Ecological Disaster on the High Plains, 1900–1940.” Regionalists on the Left: Radical Voices from the American West. University of Oklahoma Press, 2013. ISBN: 9780806143408. [Preview with Google Books]

Week 13 Representations of the West: Writers, Artists, and Mythmakers

Chavkin, Allan. Leslie Marmon Silko’s ‘Ceremony’: A Casebook. Oxford University Press, 2002. ISBN: 9780195142839. [Preview with Google Books]

Reed, Maureen. A Woman’s Place: Women Writing New Mexico. University of New Mexico Press, 2005. ISBN: 9780826333469. [Preview with Google Books]

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