18. “All Hat and No Cattle”: Romance, Realism, and Late Nineteenth-Century Western American Fiction

  1. Nicolas S. Witschi
  1. Gary Scharnhorst

Published Online: 27 MAY 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444396591.ch18

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

Scharnhorst, G. (2011) “All Hat and No Cattle”: Romance, Realism, and Late Nineteenth-Century Western American Fiction, 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.ch18

Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

Author Information

  1. University of New Mexico, 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:

  • “All Hat and No Cattle” - romance, realism and late nineteenth-century western American fiction;
  • story, “The Saving Grace” (1899), and Stewart Edward White - dilemma, facing late nineteenth-century authors;
  • White's tale spoofs realism, issues of (in)authenticity - imposture in western American fiction;
  • romantic or mythological West - packaged for sale, during the nineteenth century;
  • rise of the literary West - latter third of the nineteenth century, popularity of dime novel westerns;
  • western American fiction - appealing at the time no less to European readers;
  • Helen Hunt Jackson's Ramona (1884), written in the sentimental - reform tradition of Uncle Tom 's Cabin;
  • satire, enabling writers to contest - representation of the mythological West;
  • The Virginian, romantic, optimistic success story - prosperous future for the West;
  • writers, discovering the “real West” - questions, on environmental destruction, mining and water rights, genocidal wars, indigenous peoples and role of women

Summary

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  • References and Further Reading