Great Plains Literature

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Author Pratt, Linda Ray
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Great Plains Literatureis an exploration of influential literature of the Plains region in both the United States and Canada. It reflects the destruction of the culture of the first people who lived there, the attempts of settlers to conquer the land, and the tragic losses and successes of settlement that are still shaping our modern world of environmental threat, ethnic and racial hostilities, declining rural communities, and growing urban populations.In addition to featuring writers such as Ole Edvart Rölvaag, Willa Cather, and John Neihardt, who address the epic stories of the past,Great Plains Literaturealso includes contemporary writers such as Louis Erdrich, Kent Haruf, Ted Kooser, Rilla Askew, N. Scott Momaday, and Margaret Laurence. This literature encompasses a history of courage and violence, aggrandizement and aggression, triumph and terror. It can help readers understand better how today's threats to the environment, clashes with Native people, struggling small towns, and rural migration to the cities reflect the same forces that were important in the past.

Table of Contents
List of IllustrationsAcknowledgments1. Under Spacious Skies2. Fencing In the First People3. Taking the Land in Rölvaag's Immigrant Saga4. Cather and the End of the “West5. Dissent and the Great Depression6. City Living on the Edge7. The Circle toward HomeAppendix: Great Plains Literary Sites to VisitFurther ReadingIndex