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The Pacific Northwest : growth of a regional identity /
Raymond D. Gastil and Barnett Singer.
imprint
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2010.
description
v, 221 p.
ISBN
0786445408 (softcover : alk. paper), 9780786445400 (softcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2010.
isbn
0786445408 (softcover : alk. paper)
9780786445400 (softcover : alk. paper)
contents note
The bitter spiritual harvest of displacement -- The business and moral notables : respectability, refinement, enlightenment -- Literature of the frontier -- Populists, progressives, and radicals -- The Northwest achievement of V.L. Parrington -- Literature and the development of the Northwest novel -- Reflecting the Northwest : historical and other non-fiction -- Writing -- Distinguished achievement : Northwest poetry since World War II.
abstract
"This book describes the Pacific Northwest's search for a regional identity from the first Indian-European contacts through the late twentieth century, identifying those individuals and groups "who at least struggled to give meaning to the Northwest experience." It places particular emphasis on nineteenth-century writers and other celebrated individuals in the arts"--Provided by publisher.
catalogue key
7139198
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Raymond D. Gastil is a social scientist and writer on American culture. He lives in Deep River, Connecticut. He is the author of Cultural Regions of the United States. Barnett Singer is an associate professor of history at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. He has written a number of books on French history.
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Summaries
Main Description
The Pacific Northwest--composed for the purposes of this book of Oregon, Washington, Western Idaho, and Northwestern Montana--has been accused by many as a region devoid of any significant cultural history. While it is home to some of the nation's most idyllic environmental wonders, the region has always been plagued by the general notion that the best and brightest often left the area in search of greater things, that the mainstream world out there was generally thousands of miles away--or at least as far south as California. This book describes the Pacific Northwest's search for a regional identity from the first Indian-European contacts through the late twentieth century, identifying those individuals and groups who at least struggled to give meaning to the Northwest experience. It places particular emphasis on nineteenth-century writers and other celebrated individuals in the arts, detailing how their lives and works both reflected the region and also enhanced its sense of self.
Main Description
The Pacific Northwest--for the purposes of this book mostly Oregon and Washington--has sometimes been seen as lacking significant cultural history. Home to idyllic environmental wonders, the region has been plagued by the notion that the best and brightest often left in search of greater things, that the mainstream world was thousands of miles away--or at least as far south as California. This book describes the Pacific Northwest's search for a regional identity from the first Indian-European contacts through the late twentieth century, identifying those individuals and groups "who at least struggled to give meaning to the Northwest experience." It places particular emphasis on writers and other celebrated individuals in the arts, detailing how their lives and works both reflected the region and also enhanced its sense of self.
Library of Congress Summary
"This book describes the Pacific Northwest's search for a regional identity from the first Indian-European contacts through the late twentieth century, identifying those individuals and groups "who at least struggled to give meaning to the Northwest experience." It places particular emphasis on nineteenth-century writers and other celebrated individuals in the arts"--Provided by publisher.
Main Description
The Pacific Northwest--for the purposes of this book mostly Oregon and Washington--has sometimes been seen as lacking significant cultural history. Home to idyllic environmental wonders, the region has been plagued by the notion that the best and brightest often left in search of greater things, that the mainstream world was thousands of miles away--or at least as far south as California.This book describes the Pacific Northwest's search for a regional identity from the first Indian-European contacts through the late twentieth century, identifying those individuals and groups "who at least struggled to give meaning to the Northwest experience." It places particular emphasis on writers and other celebrated individuals in the arts, detailing how their lives and works both reflected the region and also enhanced its sense of self.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments (Barnett Singer)p. 1
Introductionp. 5
The Bitter Spiritual Harvest of Displacementp. 19
The Business and Moral Notables: Respectability, Refinement, Enlightenmentp. 40
Literature of the Frontierp. 63
Populists, Progressives, and Radicalsp. 88
The Northwest Achievement of V.L. Parringtonp. 109
Literature and the Development of the Northwest Novelp. 123
Reflecting the Northwest: Historical and Other Non-Fiction Writingp. 151
Distinguished Achievement: Northwest Poetry Since World War IIp. 164
Conclusionp. 173
Chapter Notesp. 175
Bibliographyp. 201
Indexp. 215
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