7. Literary Cartography of the Great Plains

  1. Nicolas S. Witschi
  1. Susan Naramore Maher

Published Online: 27 MAY 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444396591.ch7

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

Naramore Maher, S. (2011) Literary Cartography of the Great Plains, 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.ch7

Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Minnesota Duluth, 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:

  • literary cartography - of the Great Plains;
  • the Plains, contact zone -Erma's Desire, bicentennial sculpture project, 1970s, modern art to the masses;
  • the Plains, as a landscape and a people - reduced to fly-over country;
  • Plains literature, transnational and intercultural - contact zone of the imagination;
  • modern American and Canadian literature - owing much, to sons and daughters of the homesteading era;
  • hard, back-breaking work - challenging migrants' dreams, experience of the Dust Bowl;
  • literature from the Dust Bowl - unraveling of people's lives;
  • Plains stories of migration, displacement and emplacement - crossing ethnic and racial experiences;
  • rhizomatic, transmotional territory - being William Least Heat-Moon's preferred literary landscape;
  • Cather and fictional cartography - deep-map metaphor, stirring, Plains writers

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Plains as a Contact Zone

  • Rhizomes, Folds, and Deep Maps

  • Cather and Fictional Cartography

  • Nonfiction Mappings of the Plains

  • Poetic Mappings of Plains Space

  • References and Further Reading