15. Postcolonial West

  1. Nicolas S. Witschi
  1. Alex Hunt

Published Online: 27 MAY 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444396591.ch15

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

Hunt, A. (2011) Postcolonial 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.ch15

Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

Author Information

  1. West Texas A&M 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:

  • postcolonial West;
  • Borges' fragment on cartography and empire - parable of colonial and postcolonial America;
  • maps, of the many literary tropes - shared by postcolonial and western American writers and scholars;
  • The Virginian, reading like a trope of Turner's 1893 essay - “The Significance of the Frontier in American History”;
  • postcolonialism, crucial in lending - critical vocabulary to the American West, cultural identities;
  • Simon Ortiz, member of the Acoma nation - or Aacqumeh hanoh, Fight Back: For the Sake of the People, For the Sake of the Land;
  • construction and oppression of the other - in no small degree, the function of language;
  • science of cartography, crucial - for colonial processes, cartography (indigenous) territory;
  • Alfredo Véa's La Maravilla (1993) - and Karen Tei Yamashita's Tropic of Orange (1997) - set in Phoenix and Los Angeles, works of magical realism;
  • Rebecca Solnit's Savage Dreams - postcolonial theory, reframing our project

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading