1. Imagining the West

  1. Nicolas S. Witschi
  1. Nicolas S. Witschi

Published Online: 27 MAY 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444396591.ch1

A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West

A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West

How to Cite

Witschi, N. S. (2011) Imagining the West, in A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West (ed N. S. Witschi), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444396591.ch1

Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

Author Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 MAY 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187336

Online ISBN: 9781444396591

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Keywords:

  • imagining the West - definition of “American West”;
  • American West, the late nineteenth-century West of popular culture - and national mythology;
  • students' rather limited understanding of the American West;
  • “American West,” images, ideas and historical artifacts - post-Civil War, the “Old West”;
  • students, on finding the “Old West” - being confident, that they have found the West;
  • American West, ever-shifting - demographic, geographic and cultural indicators;
  • American West, idea evolving over centuries - in imaginations of people, in US and abroad;
  • demographic feature of American West – moving, north, south, east and west, converging in region's urban centers;
  • “Regions and Histories,” specific centers of expression - geography and identity;
  • vital nature of the American West - in their own ways, value of regional studies in an age of globalization

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading