The Early Novel of the Southwest

By Edwin W. Gaston Jr. | Go to book overview

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BECAUSE LITERARY CRITICISM in a loose sense can be construed as any type of reaction, oral or written, to a given work, it might be said that Southwestern criticism began with the first literary efforts. But, because literary criticism usually implies some semblance of authoritative viewpoint, the tradition should be said to be of considerably more recent origin. Fixing an exact starting point, of course, is impossible in view of the fact that much early criticism undoubtedly appeared in journals that time has erased from record. Nevertheless, as early as 1859, one critic, Nicholas Trubner, had gone on record. He viewed the works of Charles Sealsfield ( Karl Postl), author of the Southwestern novel, The Cabin Book, and asserted that it "is surprising that the works of so powerful an author should hitherto have completely escaped the attention of the English reading public."1 Still in the nineteenth century, other individuals of authoritative perspective indirectly performed the function of literary criticism through the compilation of selected bibliographies. C. W. Raines A Bibliography of Texas is one of the earliest examples. The historian, Hubert Howe Bancroft included a bibliography of early New Mexican history in his History of Arizona and New Mexico. J. A. Munk presented an Arizona Bibliography, the revised edition of which was pub-

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Nicholas Trubner, A Bibliographical Guide to American Literature: A Classed List of Books Published in the U. S. During the Last Forty Years, p. 452.

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The Early Novel of the Southwest
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Chapter I- Introduction 3
  • Chapter II- A General Survey 31
  • Chapter III- Plot Types and Techniques 45
  • Chapter IV- Character Portrayal 82
  • Chapter V- Impressions of Geography 123
  • Chapter VI- Intellectual and Philosophical Concepts 156
  • Chapter VII- Conclusion 189
  • Epilogue- Southwestern Fiction since 1918 195
  • Appendixes 209
  • Appendix II- The Authors 263
  • Related Studies 288
  • Bibliography 292
  • Index 303
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