9. North by Northwest: The Last Frontier of Western Literature

  1. Nicolas S. Witschi
  1. Eric Heyne

Published Online: 27 MAY 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444396591.ch9

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

Heyne, E. (2011) North by Northwest: The Last Frontier of Western Literature, 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.ch9

Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Alaska Fairbanks, 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:

  • North by Northwest - the Last Frontier of western literature;
  • Alaska, the exception - justifying American exceptionalism;
  • Alaska, heightened sense of qualities - recognizably western;
  • transient population of mixed ethnicity - immigrating into areas, boom-and-bust cycles;
  • The Pebble Mine controversy, local - unlike, battle over oil-drilling in Arctic National Wildlife refuge;
  • The Call of the Wild and White Fang - two dogs' careers, moving in opposite directions;
  • John Hawkes' Adventures in the Alaska Skin Trade - to Ken Kesey's Sailor Song;
  • boom-and-bust cycle of Alaskan economy - fluctuations in price of gold, furs, salmon, crabs;
  • The Last Settlers, two families - the last, federal laws permitting homesteading on free land;
  • Sherrill E. Grace's “Comparing Mythologies: Ideas of West and North” - contrasting Canadian “northern” with the American western

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading