By Noreen Groover Lape
Increasing the scope of yankee borderland and frontier literary scholarship, West of the Border examines the writings of 19th- and turn-of-the-century local, African, Asian, and Anglo American frontier writers. This e-book perspectives frontiers as “human spaces” the place cultures make touch because it considers multicultural frontier writers who communicate from “west of the border.”
James P. Beckwourth, a half-black fur dealer; Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins, a Paiute translator; Salishan writer Mourning Dove; Cherokee novelist John Rollin Ridge; Sui Sin some distance, an Anglo-Chinese brief tale author, and her sister, romance novelist Onoto Watanna; and Mary Austin, a white southwestern author- each one of those intercultural writers faces a ceremony of passage right into a new social order. Their writings negotiate their numerous frontier ordeals: the encroachment of pioneers at the land; reservation lifestyles; assimilation; Christianity; battles over territories and assets; exclusion; miscegenation legislation; and the devastation of the environment.
In West of the Border, Noreen Groover Lape increases concerns inherent in American pluralism at the present time by way of broaching well timed issues approximately American frontier politics, conceptualizing frontiers as intercultural touch zones, and increasing the limits of frontier literary stories through giving voice to minority writers.