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Title Playing house in the American West : western women's life narratives, 1839-1987 / [edited by] Cathryn Halverson.

Publication Info. Tuscaloosa : The University of Alabama Press, 2013.

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Description 1 online resource.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Playing house on the frontier: Caroline Kirkland and Louise Clappe -- "Your ex-washlady": Elinore Pruitt Stewart, the woman homesteader of Wyoming -- "Straight-made in nothing": Mary MacLane and domestic ritual -- Girls of the limberlost: Gene Stratton-Porter and Opal Whiteley -- "Wind and sun are good housekeepers": the domestic narratives of Mary Austin and Zitkala-Sa -- Camps, caves, and attics: playing house in Willa Cather's western novels -- My Great, Wide, Beautiful World: home writing as travel writing -- Eating in, eating out, and eating al Otro Lado: M.F.K. Fisher's The Gastronomical Me -- Searching for home: Jean Stafford's west -- The once and future home: Housekeeping and Anywhere but Here -- "I am going to 'play like' you have come."
Summary Examining an eclectic group of western women's autobiographical texts-canonical and otherwise-Playing House in the American West argues for a distinct regional literary tradition characterized by strategic representations of unconventional domestic life. The controlling metaphor Cathryn Halverson uses in her engrossing study is "playing house." From Caroline Kirkland and Laura Ingalls Wilder to Willa Cather and Marilynne Robinson, from the mid-nineteenth to the late-twentieth centuries, western authors have persistently embraced wayward or eccentric housekeeping to.
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Subject Women and literature -- West (U.S.)
Autobiography -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
Domestic space in literature.
Women authors, American -- West (U.S.)
Women in literature.
West (U.S.) -- In literature.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Added Author Halverson, Cathryn, editor.
Other Form: Print version: Playing house in the American West 9780817318031 (DLC) 2013001996 (OCoLC)825181651
ISBN 9780817386863 (electronic bk.)
0817386866 (electronic bk.)