4. The Literate West of Nineteenth-Century Periodicals

  1. Nicolas S. Witschi
  1. Tara Penry

Published Online: 27 MAY 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444396591.ch4

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

Penry, T. (2011) The Literate West of Nineteenth-Century Periodicals, 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.ch4

Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

Author Information

  1. Boise State 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:

  • the literate West - of nineteenth-century periodicals;
  • literacy, crucial to eastern settlement - Mayflower Compact, Declaration of Independence;
  • Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville, tour of America, 1831 - letters, among savage woods, Kentucky and Tennessee;
  • periodicals in nineteenth-century West - Harper's family of magazines, Scribner's and Century;
  • historians of print and journalism - motives, of western periodical printing;
  • internal evidence of periodicals - not understanding social affiliations;
  • Unexceptional West-Western Monthly of Cincinnati, “public sphere” of reader-citizens;
  • sketches and stories, use of dialect - regional character types;
  • Harte's first six Overland stories, local color genre - literacy, insignificant in post-Gold Rush California;
  • eastern periodicals, freezing the West into a timeless myth - western periodicals, gaining most from selling the West itself

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Periodicals in the Nineteenth - Century West

  • The Unexceptional West

  • Local Color Literature in its Periodical Context

  • References and Further Reading