Gender and genre : an introduction to women writers of formula westerns, 1900-1950 /
Norris Yates.
1st ed.
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, c1995.
vii, 181 p. : ill.
0826315690 (cl)
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Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, c1995.
0826315690 (cl)
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-06-01:
This rich and useful study recovers the work of B.M. Bower, Caroline Lockhart, Vingie Roe, and more than a dozen other significant women writers of formula Westerns between 1900 and 1950. These women helped to shape the genre associated with the likes of Zane Grey and Louis L'Amour, but Yates (Iowa State Univ.) argues that they wrote "formula Westerns with a difference." One such difference is that the protagonists in their books were most often women. Yates points out that the depictions of these women protagonists evoke strongly the image of the ideal real women from the domestic novel of the 19th century. He demonstrates convincingly "how these writers not only participated in creating and sustaining the Western genre but in so doing created a subgenre of their own." Highly recommended for anyone interested in Western American literature and women's studies. Upper-division undergraduate and above. L. Evers University of Arizona
Appeared in Library Journal on 1995-05-01:
Examining early-20th-century genre fiction from a feminist perspective is a fairly common mode of literary criticism of late. Here, Yates (emeritus English, Univ. of Iowa) turns his attention to women writers of Westerns. Yates examines in detail the works of five writers (B.M. Bower, Caroline Lockhart, Vingie E. Roe, Honoré Willsie Morrow, and Katherine Newlin Burt), with brief consideration of five additional writers. His contention is that while on the surface their writing was well within the confines of the genre and societal expectations, women writers of Westerns were subverting traditional values in their fiction. This book is nicely written and the argument well supported. The subject, however, may be of limited interest to most readers. Recommended for academic libraries collecting women's studies literary works and Western fiction collections.‘Denise Johnson, Bradley Univ. Lib., Peoria, Ill. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
The Formula Western and How It Grewp. 9
B. M. Bower and the Happy Familyp. 17
Caroline Lockhart and Her Strong Willed Heroinesp. 37
Vingie E. Roe's Novels of Beset Womanhoodp. 57
Women, Religion, and Politics in the Western Novels of Honore Willsie Morrowp. 81
Persons, Property, and Power: Katharine Newlin Burt's Western Heroinesp. 103
Other Authorsp. 117
Recapitulation and Conclusionsp. 133
Notesp. 141
Bibliographyp. 159
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