33. Tumbling Dice: The Problem of Las Vegas

  1. Nicolas S. Witschi
  1. Stephen Tatum1 and
  2. Nathaniel Lewis2

Published Online: 27 MAY 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444396591.ch33

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

Tatum, S. and Lewis, N. (2011) Tumbling Dice: The Problem of Las Vegas, 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.ch33

Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Utah, USA

  2. 2

    St. Michael's College, Vermont, 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:

  • tumbling dice - the problem of Las Vegas;
  • problem of the West - nothing less, than the problem of American development;
  • “The Problem of the West,” popular press sequel - to Turner's “The Significance of the Frontier in American History”;
  • Turner's own logic, the West constituting “a form of society” - and a geographical “section”;
  • Turner's “West,” paradoxically centering on its own originality;
  • dominant structure of feeling, whose “frisson” - emanating from the seductive power of Las Vegas';
  • “problems” of/with the West, history - and its representation, Las Vegas, being the symbol;
  • Las Vegas, reinventing itself for each new age of settlement - and tourism, capitalism's development moving forward;
  • Casino Boogie, problem of representation - “Las Vegas is a wonderful lens through which to view America”;
  • networked “city regions” - linked by the tourist grid of flows, Los Angeles and Hollywood linked with Las Vegas

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Rocks Off: The Problem of Development

  • Casino Boogie: The Problem of Representation

  • Shine a Light: The Problem of Place

  • References and Further Reading