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    Publications, important professional connections, and new research interests and teaching ideas have grown from my participation in WLA.
    Jenny Emery-Davidson, 2008
    Taylor Award recipient 2000

Tables of Contents 2014 to mid-2021


Spring 2014 (WAL 49. 1)

Special Issue:

Guest edited by Susan Bernardin

The Significance of the Frontier in Comanche Poetry Scott Andrews
The End (of the Trail) Is the Beginning: Stephen Graham Jones’s The Bird Is Gone John Gamber
“This Is Our Playground”: Skateboarding, diy Aesthetics, and Apache Sovereignty in Dustinn Craig’s 4wheelwarpony Joanna Hearne
“Just by Doing It, We Made It Appear”: Dustinn Craig on We Shall Remain: Geronimo4wheelwarpony, and the Apache Scouts Project Joanna Hearne with Dustinn Craig
It’s a Good Day to Bike: Indigenous Futures in Ramona Emerson’s Opal Susan Bernardin
Chadwick Allen, Trans-Indigenous: Methodologies for Global Native Literary Studies; Jodi A. Byrd, The Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Colonialism; and Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, A Separate Country: Postcoloniality and American Indian Nations  Joseph Coulombe
Joanna Hearne, Smoke Signals: Native Cinema Rising Margaret Huettl
Beth H. Piatote, Domestic Subjects: Gender, Citizenship, and Law in Native American Literature Nicole Tonkovich
Ralph Salisbury, So Far So Good David Christensen
Liz Stephens, The Days Are Gods George Handley
Michael Sowder, House under the Moon Danielle Beazer Dubrasky
Stella Pope Duarte, Women Who Live in Coffee Shops and Other Stories; and Demetria Martínez, The Block Captain’s Daughter Laura Padilla
Rudolfo Anaya, The Old Man’s Love Story Sarah Stoeckl
Charles L. Crow, History of the Gothic: American Gothic Amber Bowden Whitlock
Jennifer K. Ladino, Reclaiming Nostalgia: Longing for Nature in American Literature Johanna R. Landis
George Venn, Keeping the Swarm: New and Selected Essays Laurie Ricou
Robert L. Dorman, Hell of a Vision: Regionalism and the Modern American West William V. Lombardi
Janis Stout, South by Southwest: Katherine Anne Porter and the Burden of Texas History Max Despain


Summer 2014 (WAL 49. 2)

The Chinaman’s Crime: Race, Memory, and the Railroad in Willa Cather’s “The Affair at Grover Station” Julia H. Lee
From Mysteries to Manidoos: Language and Transformation in Louise Erdrich’s The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse Linda Krumholz
What’s So Critical about Critical Regionalism?: The Case of Fray Angélico Chávez’s New Mexico Triptych Melina Vizcaíno-Alemán
Review of Michael K. Johnson, Hoo-Doo Cowboys and Bronze Buckaroos: Conceptions of the African American West Bryant Keith Alexander
Review of Michael C. Steiner, Regionalists on the Left: Radical Voices from the American West Forrest G. Robinson
Review of Wallis R. Sanborn, III, Animals in the Fiction of Cormac McCarthy Maria O’Connell
Review of Dr. Gordon Haber and Marybeth Holleman, Among Wolves: Gordon Haber’s Insights into Alaska’s Most Misunderstood Animal Anne Coray
Review of Don Rearden, The Raven’s Gift Eric Heine
Review of Lisa Knopp, What the River Carries: Encounters with the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte Bernard Quetchenbach
Review of Kayann Short, A Bushel’s Worth: An Ecobiography Evelyn Funda
Review of Kim Stafford, 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared Jenny Emery Davidson


Fall 2014 (WAL 49.3)

Far from the Pastoral Myth: Basque Sheepherders in Contemporary Western American Fiction David Rio
“The Sterility of their art”: Masculinity and the Western in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony Lydia R. Cooper
Review of Amaia Ibarraran, Martin Simonson, and David Rio, eds., The Neglected West: Contemporary Approaches to Western American Literature  Nancy S. Cook
Review of David L. Moore, That Dream Shall Have a Name: Native Americans Rewriting America O. Alan Weltzien
Review of Michelle H. Raheja, Reservation Reelism: Redfacing, Visual Sovereignty, and Representations of Native Americans in Film Scott D. Emmert
Review of James H. Cox, The Red Land to the South: American Indian Writers and Indigenous Mexico Lisa Tatonetti
Review of Scott Knickerbocker, Ecopoetics: The Language of Nature, the Nature of Language Robert Scott
Review of William E. Tydeman, Conversations with Barry Lopez: Walking the Path of Imagination Jason Hertz
Review of Don Waters, Sunland Andrea Clark Mason
Review of Gerald Vizenor, Chair of Tears Andy Meyer
Review of N. Scott Momaday, Again the Far Morning: New and Selected Poems Matthias Schubnell
Review of Mary K. Stillwell, The Life & Poetry of Ted Kooser Scott Knickerbocker
Review of Jackson J. Benson, Haunted: The Strange and Profound Art of Wright Morris, a Biography and a Photo Gallery Rodney P. Rice
Review of Evelyn I. Funda, Weeds: A Farm Daughter’s Lament Susan H. Swetnam
Review of Jean Morgan Meaux, ed., In Pursuit of Alaska: An Anthology of Travelers’ Tales, 1879-1909 Eric Heyne
Review of R. Mark Liebenow, Mountains of Light: Seasons of Reflection in Yosemite Scott Herring
Review of SueEllen Campbell, et al., The Face of the Earth: Natural Landscapes, Science and Culture Ann E. Lundberg
Review of William deBuys, A Great Aridness: Climate Change and the Future of the American Southwest Sharman Apt Russell


Winter 2015 (WAL 49.4)

John Rollin Ridge’s Joaquín Murieta: Sensation, Hispanicism, and Cosmopolitanism John C. Havard
The First Last Generation: Queer Temporality, Heteropatriarchy, and Cultural Reproduction in Jovita González and Eve Raleigh’s Caballero Lee Bebout
“A New American Adam?” White Western Masculinity and American Indians in Dan O’Brien’s Buffalo for the Broken Heart: Restoring Life to a Black Hills Ranch Peter L. Bayers
Review of Melody Graulich and Nicolas S. Witschi, eds., Dirty Words in Deadwood: Literature and the Postwestern; and Paul Stasi and Jennifer Greiman, eds., The Last Western: Deadwood and the End of American Empire Judy Nolte Temple
Review of Don Lago, Canyon of Dreams: Stories from Grand Canyon History; and Lance Newman, ed., The Grand Canyon Reader Hal Crimmel
Review of Neil Campbell, Post-Westerns: Cinema, Region, West James F. Scott
Review of George Hart, Inventing the Language to Tell It: Robinson Jeffers and the Biology of Consciousness Peter Quigley
Review of Tom Lynch, Cheryll Glotfelty, and Karla Armbuster, eds., The Bioregional Imagination: Literature, Ecology, and Place Sarah D. Wald
Review of Julene Bair, The Ogallala Road: A Memoir of Love and Reckoning Susan Naramore Maher
Review of Philipp Meyer, The Son Don Scheese
Review of Mark Busby, Cedar Crossing Randi Lynn Tanglen


Spring 2015 (WAL 50.1)

A Chaotic and Dark Vitalism: A Case Study of Cormac McCarthy’s Psychopaths amidst a Geology of Immorals Sean Braune
Social Space and the Suburb in Mike Cahill’s King of California:Mapping Race, Neoliberalism, and Narratives of the Past in the Southern California Landscape Emily Cheng
New Frontiers for Post-Western Cinema: Frozen River, Sin Nombre, Winter’s Bone Jesús Ángel González
Review of Michael K. Johnson, Hoo-Doo Cowboys and Bronze Buckaroos: Conceptions of the African American West Bryant Keith Alexander
Review of Stephen Miller and José Pablo Villalobos, eds., Rolando Hinojosa’s Klair City Death Trip Series: A Retrospective, New Directions Martín Camps
Review of Brandon D. Shuler, Robert Johnson, and Erika Garza-Johnson, eds. New Border Voices: An Anthology Cristina Herrera
Review of Claudine Chalmers, Chronicling the West for Harper’s: Coast to Coast with Frenzeny & Tavernier in 1873-1874. Jessica Dallow
Review of Stephen J. Mexal. Reading for Liberalism: The Overland Monthly and the Writing of the Modern American West Nicolas S. Witschi
Review of Linda Scarangella McNenly, Native Performers in Wild West Shows: From Buffalo Bill to Euro Disney Arnold Krupat
Review of Wendy Harding, The Myth of Emptiness and the New American Literature of Place O. Alan Weltzien
Review of Bernard Mergen, At Pyramid Lake Jeffrey Chisum
Review of Ken Lamberton, Dry River: Stories of Life, Death, and Redemption on the Santa Cruz Hal Crimmel
Andrew Gulliford, ed., Outdoors in the Southwest: An Adventure Anthology Linda Helstern
Review of Julia Corbett. Seven Summers: A Naturalist Homesteads in the Modern West Jeffrey Mathes McCarthy
Review of Saúl Sánchez, Rows of Memory: Journeys of a Migrant Sugar-Beet Worker Luis H. Moreno
Review of Joshua Doleẑal. Down from the Mountaintop: From Belief to Belonging   Gregory L. Morris
Review of Tyra A. Olstad, Zen of the Plains: Experiencing Wild Western Places Francis Moul
Review of Iver Arnegard, Whip and Spur Laura Rebecca Payne


Summer 2015 (WAL 50.2)

From the Editor: Fifty Years and Counting Tom Lynch
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism in True Grit:
The Lovelorn Character of Mattie Ross
Lloyd M. Daigrepont
Ruth Nichols, Sky Girl, and the Aerial Frontier Fred Erisman
“August on Sourdough”: An Archival View of Gary Snyder’s Intercultural Poetics  Andrew Hageman
Susan Naramore Maher, Deep Map Country: Literary Cartography of the Great Plains Robert T. Tally Jr.
John T. Price, The Tallgrass Prairie Reader Matthew J. C. Cella
Katheryn Cornell Dolan, Beyond the Fruited Plain: Food and Agriculture in U.S. Literature, 1850-1905 Daniel Clausen
Michael L. Tate, editor; with the assistance of Will Bagley and Richard L. Rieck. The Great Medicine Road, Part 1: Narratives of the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trail, 1840-1848 Deborah Lawrence
Joshua B. Nelson, Progressive Traditions: Identity in Cherokee Literature and Culture Phillip H. Round
Maxine Oland, Siobhan M. Hart, and Liam Frink, eds., Decolonizing Indigenous Histories: Exploring Prehistoric/Colonial Transitions in Archeology Ann E. Lundberg
Manuel Broncano, Religion in Cormac McCarthy’s Fiction: Apocryphal Borderlands Megan Riley McGilchrist
Cathryn Halverson, Playing House in the American West: Western Women’s Life Narratives 1839-1987 Margaret Doane
Mark Asquith, The Lost Frontier: Reading Annie Proulx’s Wyoming Stories Julie Scanlon
David M. Wrobel, Global West, American Frontier: Travel, Empire, and Exceptionalism from Manifest Destiny to the Great Depression Susan Roberson
David Gessner, All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West Michael P. Branch
Kim Bancroft, The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin: The Damn Good Times of a Fiercely Independent Publisher Gioia Woods
Lily Yuriko Nakai Havey, Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp: A Nisei Youth Behind a World War II Fence Eve Oishi


Fall 2015 (WAL 50.3)

Performing a Strategic Transborder Citizenship: Delfina Cuero Remaps Kumeyaay Presence through Storytelling and Place Naming Annette Portillo
The Only Cure Is a Dance: The Role of Night Swan in Silko’s Ceremony Tara Causey
“The man was forever looking for that which he never found”: The Western and Automotive Tourism in the Early Twentieth Century Clinton Mohs
“Journeys to the Interior”Christopher Cokinos, Bodies, of the Holocene; Melissa Kwasny, Pictograph; Lisa D. Simon and Brady Harrison, eds., These Living Songs: Reading Montana Poetry; and Mary K. Stillwell, Maps and Destinations Bernard Quetchenbach
A. Jennie Bartlett, Elder Northfield’s Home, or, Sacrificed on the Mormon Altar [1882], ed. Nicole Tonkovich; and W. Paul Reeve, Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Struggle for Mormon Whiteness Randi Lynn Tanglen
Scott McClintock and John Miller, eds., Pynchon’s California Casey Shoop
David Rio, New Literary Portraits of the American West: Contemporary Nevada Fiction Cheryll Glotfelty
Robin Varnum, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca: American Trailblazer Mary Docter
Richard W. Etulain, The Life and Legends of Calamity Jane Brett Westbrook
Peter Gough, Sounds of the New Deal: The Federal Music Project in the West Steven Garabedian
Miles Wilson, Fire Season Gerald W. Haslam
Blake Allmendinger, The Melon Capital of the World: A Memoir Linda K. Karell
Bethany Schultz Hurst, Miss Lost Nation Harald Wyndham
Denise Chávez, The King and Queen of Comezón Lydia Presley
Kim Zupan, The Ploughmen Nancy S. Cook


Winter 2016 (WAL 50. 4)

“Sensation’s Imperial Narratives: Affect in the US’s Democracy of Print, 1846-1848” Jason Ahlenius
“New Materialism, Ecomysticism, and the Resolution of Paradox in Edward Abbey” David Tagnani
“Laughing for Survival: Jokes of Nature and Jokes of Language in Ed Dorn’s Gunslinger” João Paulo Guimarães
Review Essay “A Language for Vast Space”:

Mark Gonnerman, ed., A Sense of the Whole: Reading Gary Snyder’s Mountains and Rivers Without End; ShaunAnne Tangney, ed., The Wild That Attracts Us: New Critical Essays on Robinson Jeffers
Alan Williamson
Anne L. Kaufman and Richard H. Millington, eds., Cather Studies 10: Willa Cather and the Nineteenth Century Kristen R. Egan
Evelyn P. Mayer, Narrating North American Borderlands: Thomas King, Howard F. Mosher, and Jim Lynch Albert Braz
James W. Parins, Literacy and Intellectual Life in the Cherokee Nation, 1820-1906 Clarissa W. Confer
Molly K. Varley, Americans Recaptured: Progressive Era Memory of Frontier Captivity Andrea Tinnemeyer
Paul Seydor, The Authentic Death and Contentious Afterlife of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid: The Untold Story of Peckinpah’s Last Western Film Leonard Engel
Mark J. Dworkin, American Mythmaker: Walter Noble Burns and the Legends of Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, and Joaquín Murrieta William Katerberg
Dan O’Brien, Wild Idea: Buffalo and Family in a Difficult Land Franz Burnier
Sharon Oard Warner, Sophie’s House of Cards: A Novel Parley Ann Boswell
Gaynell Gavin, Attorney-at-Large Becky Faber


Spring 2016 (WAL 51.1)

“Too Vast, Too Complex, Too Grand”: Writing Space in John Wesley Powell’s Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons José Liste Noya
Resurrection after the “Blue Death”: Literature, Politics, and Ecological Redemption at Glen Canyon Laura Smith
“It had all become a natural condition”: California’s Garden Movement, Land Eugenics, and Naturalization in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland Paul Formisano
James Karman, Robinson Jeffers: Poet and Prophet; James Karman, ed., The Collected Letters of Robinson Jeffers with Selected Letters of Una Jeffers: Volume Three, 1940-1962 ShaunAnne Tangney
MaryEllen Higgins, Rita Keresztesi, and Dayna Oscherwitz, eds., The Western in the Global South Susan Kollin
Gary Scharnhorst, Owen Wister and the West Bonney MacDonald
Paul Lindholdt, Explorations in Ecocriticism: Advocacy, Bioregionalism, and Visual Design O. Alan Weltzien
Christina Robertson and Jennifer Westerman, eds., Working on Earth: Class and Environmental Justice Daniel Clausen
Paul Varner, ed., New Wests and Post-Wests: Literature and Film of the American West Phillip A. Snyder
Andrew Patrick Nelson, Still in the Saddle: The Hollywood Western, 1969-1980 Kevin L. Stoehr
Stephanie J. Fitzgerald, Native Women and Land: Narratives of Dispossession and Resurgence Michael H. Auterson
Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr., ed., The Faster Redder Road: The Best UnAmerican Stories of Stephen Graham Jones John Gamber
Rudolfo Anaya, Poems from the Río Grande Sandra Dahlberg
Rinker Buck, The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey Don Scheese


Summer 2016 (WAL 51.2)

Guest edited by Geoffrey Bateman

From the Editor  Tom Lynch
Queer Wests: An Introduction Geoffrey Bateman
Heterochronic West: Temporal Multiplicity in Bret Harte’s Regional Writing Ryan Wander
 “Left All Alone in This World’s Wilderness”: Queer Ecology, Desert Spaces, and Unmaking the Nation in Frank Norris’s McTeague Jada Ach
“Say It Right, Say It Correct:” Documenting the American West in The Laramie Project  Tony R. Magagna
Turrrtle”: Displacing and Recovering a Queerly Gendered Body in Helena María Viramontes’ Their Dogs Came with Them Keri-ann Blanco
Donnelyn Curtis and Lawrence I. Berkove, eds., Before The Big Bonanza: Dan De Quille’s Early Comstock Accounts Cheryll Glotfelty
Arnold R. Krupat, Companion to James Welch’s The Heartsong of Charging Elk Lori Burlingame
Ross Barrett and Daniel Worden, eds., Oil Culture Robert Lifset
Lawrence Coates, Camp Olvido and The Goodbye House Joe Plicka
Richard Edwards, Natives of a Dry Place: Stories of Dakota Before The Oil Boom Steven J. Bucklin
Kyle Boelte, The Beautiful Unseen: Variations on Fog and Forgetting. A Memoir Kathleen Boardman
 Annick Smith, Crossing the Plains with Bruno  Susan H. Swetnam


Fall 2016 (WAL 51.3)

“My dear Judge”: Owen Wister’s Virginian, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., and Natural Law Conservatism Stephen J. Mexal
The Displaced Aristocrat as Tragic Hero in Tobias Wolff’s This Boy’s Life Myles Weber
“Fables” of the Material World in James Ellroy’s Los Angeles Joshua Meyer
Carmen Boullosa, Cuando México se (re)apropia de Texas: Ensayos / When Mexico Recaptures Texas: Essays Lorena Gauthereau
Dominique Brégent-Heald, Borderland Films: American Cinema, Mexico, and Canada during the Progressive Era Camilla Fojas
Karen R. Jones, Epiphany in the Wilderness: Hunting, Nature, and Performance in the Nineteenth-Century American West Lydia R. Cooper
Deborah Fleming, Towers of Myth and Stone: Yeats’s Influence on Robinson Jeffers Terence Diggory
Steven M. Avella, Charles K. McClatchy and the Golden Era of American Journalism Mark D. Ludwig
Donna Coates, ed. Sharon Pollock: First Woman of Canadian Theatre Anne Nothof
Tim Sullivan, Ways to the West: How Getting Out of Our Cars Is Reclaiming America’s Frontier Carlos A. Schwantes
Eric Magrane and Christopher Cokinos, eds., The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide Jennifer Lair
David G. Pace, Dream House on Golan Drive Katherine Bahr


Winter 2017 (WAL 51. 4)

From the Editor Tom Lynch
Up from the Ground: Living with/in Petrocultures in the US and Canadian Wests Jenny Kerber
From Fields of Wheat to Fields of Value: The Energy Unconscious of The Octopus Jeff Diamanti
Reading Kim Stanley Robinson’s Three Californias Triptych as Petrofiction Brent Ryan Bellamy
A Formal Spilling: Leaking and Leaching in Warren Cariou’s Petrography and “Tarhands: A Messy Manifesto” Taylor McHolm
 Salvage Ecology: annie ross’s Forest One and Happy Birthday Super Cheaper  Deena Rymhs
Kenneth K. Brandt and Jeanne Campbell Reesman, eds., Approaches to Teaching the Works of Jack London; Joseph McAleer, Call of the Atlantic: Jack London’s Publishing Odyssey Overseas, 1902-1916 Susan Nuernberg
Jan Whitt, The Redemption of Narrative: Terry Tempest Williams and Her Vision of the West Katherine R. Chandler
Margery Fee, Literary Land Claims: The “Indian Land Question” from Pontiac’s War to Attawapiskat Jennifer Henderson
Jean Toomer, A Drama of the Southwest: The Critical Edition of a Forgotten Play by Jean Toomer, edited by Carolyn J. Dekker Bill D. Toth
José Skinner, The Tombstone Race Melina Vizcaíno-Alemán
James Terry, Kingdom of the Sun: Stories Evan Lavender-Smith
Michael P. Branch, Raising Wild: Dispatches from a Home in the Wilderness English Brooks
Shaun T. Griffin, Anthem for a Burnished Land: What We Leave in this Desert of Work and Words Jeffrey Chisum
George Hodgman, Bettyville: A Memoir Chase Dimock
Sharon Butala, Wild Rose Megan Riley McGilchrist

Spring 2017 (WAL 52.1)

Special Issue: Settler Colonial Studies and Western American Culture

Guest edited by Alex Trimble Young and Lorenzo Veracini

If I am native to anything”: Settler Colonial Studies and Western American Literature Alex Trimble Young and Lorenzo Veracini
“Do We Reverse the Medal?”: Settler Guilt, the Indian Speech, and the Untold Side of the Story Rebecca Weaver-Hightower
Beyond Possession: Animals and Gifts in Willa Cather’s Settler Colonial Fictions Alex Calder
Animating the Indigenous, Colonial Affects, and “Going Native” in the City: Kent Mackenzie’s The Exiles Ho’esta Mo’e’hahne
Willa Cather Here and Now, Out West Daryl W. Palmer
Susan Kollin, Captivating Westerns: The Middle East in the American West Gioia Woods
Lydia R. Cooper, Masculinities in Literature of the American West James J. Donahue
Sean P. Harvey, Native Tongues: Colonialism and Race from Encounter to the Reservation
Matthew N. Johnston, Narrating the Landscape: Print Culture and American Expansion in the Nineteenth Century
Andrew B. Ross
Brenda Beckman-Long, Carol Shields and the Writer-Critic Wendy Roy
Timothy G. Anderson, Lonesome Dreamer: The Life of John G. Neihardt Pamela Gossin
Julie Riddle, The Solace of Stones: Finding a Way through Wilderness Nancy S. Cook
Larry Watson, As Good as Gone: A Novel Peter L. Bayers
Patrick Madden, Sublime Physick Russell Burrows
Rudolfo Anaya, The Sorrows of Young Alfonso Sandra Dahlberg
Ron Hansen, The Kid Richard W. Etulain


Summer 2017 (WAL 52.2)

A Failed Uncle Tom’s Cabin for the Indian: Helen Hunt Jackson’s Ramona and the Power of Paratext Kimberly E. Armstrong
The Interconnected Bioregion: Transregional Networks in Mary Austin’s The Ford John Peterson
Amid the Mockingbirds Laughter: Non-Indian Removals in Laura Ingalls Wilders Depression-Era Novels Amy S. Fatzinger
Cormac McCarthy: Prophecy and Metaphysics Nell Sullivan
Jon Gordon, Unsustainable Oil: Facts, Counterfacts and Fictions Nicholas Bradley
Jeffrey Bilbro, Loving God’s Wildness: The Christian Roots of Ecological Ethics in American Literature Will Lombardi
Jayson Gonzales Sae-Saue,Southwest Asia: The Transpacific Geographies of Chicana/o Literature Crystal Parikh
Ángel Chaparro Sainz and Amaia Ibarraran Bigalondo, eds.,Transcontinental Reflections on the American West: Words, Images, Sounds beyond Borders Stephen J. Mexal
John E. Carter, ed., Solomon D. Butcher: Photographing the American Dream Audrey Goodman
Ken Ilgunas,Trespassing across America: One Man’s Epic, Never-Done-Before (and Sort of Illegal) Hike across the Heartland Don Scheese
Doreen Pfost, This River beneath the Sky: A Year on the Platte Doug Meigs
Richard Shelton, Nobody Rich or Famous: A Family Memoir W. T. Pfefferle
Shelley Armitage, Walking the Llano: A Texas Memoir of Place Cynthia Brandimarte
Melissa A. Sevigny, Mythical River: Chasing the Mirage of New Water in the American Southwest Hal Crimmel


Fall 2017 (WAL 52.3)

Special Issue: Nature and Culture in (and Outside) the Academy

Guest edited by by Helena Feder

Introduction  Helena Feder
“The Universe is Imaginative”: The Art of David Robertson Helena Feder with David Robertson
The Culture of Arboretums, or, My Adventures with Tree People Cheryll Glotfelty
Poetry and Place in Hawai‘i: Notes from a Writer and Resident Eric Shaffer
Two Farming Cultures in the Sacramento Valley Mike Madison
Nature Meets Culture in California’s Central Valley Jan Goggans
When the Water Hits the Road: The Return of the Westslope Cutthroat Scott Herring 
Alchemy Laurie Glover
Teaching with Wolves Scott Slovic
The Move West: Gary Snyder Alan Williamson
Victoria Lamont, Westerns: A Woman’s History Cathryn Halverson
Sarah D. Wald, The Nature of California: Race, Citizenship, and Farming since the Dust Bowl Jeffrey Arellano Cabusao
Steven Frye, ed., The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the American West Geneva M. Gano
Catherine Rainwater, ed., Leslie Marmon Silko’s Storyteller: New Perspectives René Dietrich
Daniel Glick, dir., The Search for a Place to Stand: Jimmy Santiago Baca and the Forging of a Life of Letters Seth Michelson
James Perrin Warren, Other Country: Barry Lopez and the Community of Artists David Thomas Sumner
Red Shuttleworth, High Plains Fandango Kathy L. Privatt
Robert S. McPherson and Susan R. Neel, Mapping the Four Corners: Narrating the Hayden Survey of 1875, and Samuel Nugent Townshend and John George Hyde, Our Indian Summer in the Far West: An Autumn Tour of Fifteen Thousand Miles in Kansas, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and the Indian Territory. Ed. by Alex Hunt and Kristin Loyd Tom Huber
Michael Engelhard, American Wild: Explorations from the Grand Canyon to the Arctic Ocean Jennifer Schell
Ernestine Hayes, The Tao of Raven: An Alaska Native Memoir Eric Heyne
Alan Weltzien, Exceptional Mountains: A Cultural History of the Pacific Northwest Volcanoes Jeff L. Smoot
Bruce L. Smith, Stories from Afield: Adventures with Wild Things in Wild Places Ashley E. Reis
Inés Hernández-Ávila and Norma Elia Cantú, eds. Entre Guadalupe y Malinche: Tejanas in Literature and Art Daniel Arbino
Linda LeGarde Grover, The Sky Watched: Poems of Ojibwe Lives Gwen N. Westerman


Winter 2018 (WAL 52.4)

Resistance to Containment and Conquest in Sarah Winnemucca’s Life Among the Piutes and María Amparo Ruiz de Burton’s Who Would Have Thought It?  A. Laurie Lowrance
Literary Didacticism and Collective Human Rights in US Borderlands: Ana Castillo’s The Guardians and Louise Erdrich’s The Round House Tereza M. Szeghi
Wrighting the West: Leaving Marks in Frank X Walker’s York Poems Jimmy Dean Smith
Jennifer L. Jenkins, Celluloid Pueblo: Western Ways Films and the Invention of the Southwest George Porter Thomas
Matt Wanat and Leonard Engel, eds., Breaking Down Breaking Bad: Critical Perspectives Maya Silver
Billy J. Stratton, ed., The Fictions of Stephen Graham Jones: A Critical Companion Eric Gary Anderson
Joe Jackson, Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary Lori Burlingame
Alan Louis Kishbaugh, Deep Waters: Frank Waters Remembered in Letters and Commentary Jolene K. Buehrer
John Nichols, The Annual Big Arsenic Fishing Contest! Cory Willard
Kevin Holdsworth, Good Water Russ Beck
Cindy Crosby, The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction Laura Jackson
Scott Abbott, Immortal for Quite Some Time Johnny Townsend
Jennifer A. Smith, Magpie’s Blanket: A Novel Kurt E. Kinbacher
Daryl Farmer, Where We Land: Stories Rob Davidson
Martha Amore and Lucian Childs, eds., Building Fires in the Snow Robert Lipscomb
Julie Hungiville LeMay, The Echo of Ice Letting Go and Matt Schumacher, Ghost Town Odes Michael J. Beilfuss
Daniel Simon, ed., Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology 1867–2017 Robert Brooke


Spring 2018 (WAL 53.1)

Introduction: Pasts, Presents, Futures Krista Comer and Susan Bernardin
The Indigenous Erotics of Riding Bareback, or, the West Has Always Been Queer Lisa Tatonetti
Toward a Feminist Turn Krista Comer
Anthropocene Frontiers: The Place of Environment in Western Studies Sylvan Goldberg
Unhomely Wests Stephen Tatum
Land Cheryll Glotfelty
Mexican José Aranda
Pedagogy Randi Tanglen
Postwestern Susan Kollin
Queer Ryan Wander
Regionality Neil Campbell
Settler Alex Young
Sovereignty Kirby Lynn Brown
Visuality Audrey Goodman
Lines of Sight in the Western Joanna Hearne
Outbreak from the Vaudeville Archive Christine Bold
Daniel Robert King, Cormac McCarthy’s Literary Evolution: Editors, Agents, and the Crafting of a Prolific American Author Herb Thompson
Jennifer Sinor, Letters Like the Day: On Reading Georgia O’Keeffe Luke Morgan
Pete Fromm, The Names of the Stars: A Life in the Wilds O. Alan Weltzien
Lyanda Lynn Haupt, Mozart’s Starling Nathaniel Otjen
Jennifer Sinor, Ordinary Trauma: A Memoir Gaynell Gavin
Melvin R. Adams, Atomic Geography: A Personal History of the Hanford Reservation Max Frazier
Michael P. Branch, Rants from the Hill: On Packrats, Bobcats, Wildfires, Curmudgeons, a Drunken Mary Kay Lady, and Other Encounters with the Wild in the High Desert Jeremy Elliott
Brit Bennett, The Mothers Kalenda Eaton


Summer 2018 (WAL 53.2)

Social Critique in the Writings of Clarence King G. A. Starr
Modernist Mythologies: The Turquoise Trail Anthology and the Poets of Santa Fe Michael S. Begnal
Little House in Albania: Rose Wilder Lane and the Transnational Home Donna Campbell
“The seam of something else unnamed”: Sebastian Barry’s Days Without End Neil Campbell
David J. Carlson, Imagining Sovereignty: Self-Determination in American Indian Law and Literature Jace Weaver
Sara Dant, Losing Eden: An Environmental History of the American West James E. Sherow
Tadeusz Lewandowski, Red Bird, Red Power: The Life and Legacy of Zitkala-Ša Julianne Newmark
James Perrin Warren, Placing John Haines John Knott
Richard W. Etulain, Ernest Haycox and the Western Daniel Worden
Rilla Askew, Most American: Notes from a Wounded Place Lindsey Claire Smith
Marc Beaudin, Seabring Davis, and Max Hjortsberg, editors, Unearthing Paradise: Montana Writers in Defense of Greater Yellowstone Nathaniel Lewis
Mark Spitzer, Beautifully Grotesque Fish of the American West Cory Willard
Michael Tate, editor, The Great Medicine Road: Narratives of the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails, Part 3: 1850–1855 Deborah Lawrence
George Venn, editor, Beaver’s Fire: A Regional Portfolio (1970-2010) Eleanor Berry


Fall 2018 (WAL 53.3)

The Pandora’s Box of Solomon Carvalho: Ethnic Transformation in the Age of Manifest Destiny Scott Palmer
The Museum as West and West as Museum: The Micro–Politics of Museum Display in George Catlin’s Vanishing American Indians Nilak Datta
Alternative Histories of the Old Indian Territory: John Milton Oskison’s Outlaw Hypotheses Jenna Hunnef
“I Think a Look at the West Would Do You Good”: Queer Visibility and Mythological Refuge in The Price of Salt Lindsay Stephens
Michael Lynn Crews, Books Are Made Out of Books: A Guide to Cormac McCarthy’s Literary Influences Aihua Chen
Antonio C. Márquez. Volver: A Persistence of Memory Elena V. Valdez
Phillip Garrison, What the Pig Said to Jesus: On the Uneasy Permanence of Immigrant Life Louis Mendoza
Robert Coover, Huck Out West: A Novel Alex Hunt


Winter 2019 (WAL 53.4)

“We Ain’t a Christian Outfit”: Protestantism and Secularism in the Formation of the Popular Western Novel Ben Nadler
Sounding Silence in Sundown: Survivance Ecology and John Joseph Mathews’s Bildungsroman April Anson
The Child and the Latina Immigrant: Reimagining the Southern California Imaginary in Héctor Tobar’s The Barbarian Nurseries Sarah Ropp
Robert J. Bertholf and Dale M. Smith, eds., An Open Map: The Correspondence of Robert Duncan and Charles Olson

Robert J. Bertholf and Dale M. Smith, eds., Imagining Persons: Robert Duncan’s Lectures on Charles Olson

Helmbrecht Breinig
Linda Ray Pratt, Great Plains Literature Matthew J. C. Cella
Nathaniel Lewis and Stephen Tatum, Morta Las Vegas: CSI and the Problem of the West Jeffrey Chisum
Stacey Peebles, Cormac McCarthy and Performance: Page, Stage, Screen Nell Sullivan
Matt Wanat and Leonard Engel, eds., The Films of Clint Eastwood: Critical Perspectives David Sterritt
Francisco Cantú, The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border English Brooks
Linda M. Hasselstrom, Gathering from the Grassland: A Plains Journal Mary Clearman Blew
John Nichols, My Heart Belongs to Nature: A Memoir in Photographs and Prose Russell Burrows
Christine Granados, Fight Like a Man and Other Stories We Tell Our Children Diana Noreen Rivera
Jonis Agee, The Bones of Paradise Diane D. Quantic


Spring 2019 (WAL 54.1)
Guest Editor: Jennifer Ladino

Introduction: Setting the Stage for Justice: The Politics of Public Lands in the Contemporary US West Jennifer Ladino
Revisiting the Radical Middle (What’s Left of It)


Stephanie LeMenager and Marsha Weisiger
“Trespassing in sovereign territory”: Place, Patriarchy, and the Ideology of Public Lands in Longmire Luke Morgan
Performing the Empty Archive: Feeling and Public Lands in the Bundy Case and Percival Everett’s Grand Canyon, Inc. Meagan Meylor
The President Stole Your Land: Public Lands and the Settler Commons April Anson


#EquityOutdoors: Public Lands and the Decolonial Mediascape Ashley E. Reis
Natchee Blu Barnd, Native Space: Geographic Strategies to Unsettle Settler Colonialism Mika Kennedy
Michael Snyder, John Joseph Mathews: Life of an Osage Writer Frances W. Kaye
Christian Knoeller, Reimagining Environmental History: Ecological Memory in the Wake of Landscape Change William Barillas
Jeb Rosebrook, Junior Bonner: The Making of a Classic with Steve McQueen and Sam Peckinpah in the Summer of 1971 Leonard Engel
Steven Frye, Understanding Larry McMurtry John E. Dean
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, That Guy Wolf Dancing Kathleen Danker
Armistead Maupin, Logical Family: A Memoir Robert Kellerman
Michael P. Branch, How to Cuss in Western (And Other Missives from the High Desert) Paul Lindholdt
Gertrude Skivington, Echevarria Hank Nuwer

Summer 2019 (WAL 54.2)
Guest editors: Christopher Conway and David Rio

Introduction: The Case for Transnationalism in the American Literary West Christopher Conway and David Rio
What West? Worlding the Western in Hernan Diaz’s In the Distance Neil Campbell
Captives on the Frontier: Perla Suez and the Cultural Genealogies of the Argentinian Western Christopher Conway
The American West as a Space of Re-Inscription: Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz’s Polish Adaptation of Mayne Reid’s The Headless Horseman Marek Paryz
The Norwegian Imagination of the American West as Presented in Louis Masterson’s Morgan Kane Karoline Aksnes
A Basque Chronicle of Nine Months in the New West: Bernardo Atxaga’s Nevada Days David Rio
Doomed Quests in the Old West: An Interview with Dominique Scali, Author of In Search of New Babylon Victoria Addis
Amanda J. Zink, Fictions of Western Domesticity: Indian, Mexican, and Anglo Women in Print Culture, 1850-1950 Cathryn Halverson
Priscilla Solis Ybarra, Writing the Goodlife: Mexican American Literature and the Environment Linda Garcia Merchant
Gary Scharnhorst, The Life of Mark Twain: The Early Years 1835-1871 Bonney MacDonald
Anthony Shafton, The Nevada They Knew: Robert Caples and Walter Van Tilburg Clark Jeffrey Chisum
Tom Lynch, Susan Naramore Maher, Drucilla Wall, and O. Alan Weltzien, eds., Thinking Continental: Writing the Planet One Place at a Time John Shoptaw
Gary Lantz, Heart Stays Country: Meditations from the Southern Flint Hills Jim Hoy
Mary Clearman Blew, Ruby Dreams of Janis Joplin O. Alan Weltzien
Jeff Metcalf, Back Cast: Fly-Fishing and Other Such Matters Cory Willard
Denise Low, The Turtle’s Beating Heart: One Family’s Story of Lenape Survival Lisa King

Fall 2019 (WAL 54.3)

The Other “Others”: The construction of the West in José Mallorquí’s El Coyote Amaia Ibarrarán-Bigalondo
Foundational Myths and National Identity in European Transnational Post-Westerns Jesús Ángel González
Make Settler Fantasy Strange Again: Unsettling Normative White Masculinity in Robert E. Howard’s Weird West Travis Franks
Mark Rifkin, Beyond Settler Sovereignty: Temporal Sovereignty and Indigenous Self-Determination Penelope Kelsey
Katherine Ann Roberts, West/Border/Road: Nation and Genre in Contemporary Canadian Narrative Johannes Fehrle
Amy T. Hamilton, Peregrinations: Walking in American Literature Beth Boyens
Charles J. Shields, The Man Who Wrote the Perfect Novel: John Williams, Stoner, and the Writing Life John Plotz
Daniel Davis, Across the Continent: The Union Pacific Photographs of Andrew J. Russell Emily J. Rau
Tracy Daugherty, Leaving the Gay Place: Billy Lee Brammer and the Great Society Don Graham
Michael K. Johnson, Can’t Stand Still: Taylor Gordon and the Harlem Renaissance O. Alan Weltzien
Neil Campbell, ed., Under the Western Sky: Essays on the Fiction and Music of Willy Vlautin Justin St. Clair

Winter 2020 (WAL 54.4)

Property and the Ideology of Improvement in María Amparo Ruiz de Burton’s The Squatter and the Don and California Travel Narratives Valerie Sirenko
Homes On-the-Road, Terrorized Cabins, and Prophetic Nightmare-scapes: Emma J. Ray’s Unsettling Western Fantasies Shelly Jarenski
Willa Cather’s Southwestern Grave Robbers Carolyn Dekker
Jennifer K. Ladino, Memorials Matter: Emotion, Environment, and Public Memory at American Historical Sites Teresa Bergman
Annette Angela Portillo, Sovereign Stories and Blood Memories: Native American Women’s Autobiography Alicia Cox
Kyle Bladow and Jennifer Ladino, eds., Affective Ecocriticism Patrick D. Murphy
Justin A. Joyce, Gunslinging Justice: The American Culture of Violence in Westerns and the Law Marek Paryz
Laura K. Davis and Linda M. Moria, eds., Margaret Laurence & Jack McClelland Letters Frances W. Kaye
Kenneth K. Brandt, Jack London Earle Labor
Frank Bergon, Two-Buck Chuck and The Marlboro Man: The New Old West Gregory L. Morris
Louise O’Connor, Wild Rose: The Life and Times of Victor Marion Rose, Poet and Early Historian of Texas Sally Ann Schutz
Don Graham, Giant: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, and the Making of a Legendary American Film Daniel Worden
Edward Lueders, The Salt Lake Papers: From the Years in the Earthscapes of Utah Shelby E. E. Grauberger
Kimberly G. Wieser, Texas . . . To Get Horses Geary Hobson
Julia Corbett, Out of the Woods: Seeing Nature in the Everyday John Tallmadge


Spring 2020 (WAL 55.1)

Carceral Colonialism in Arizona Territory

Joe Lockard

Variations of Time: The Crafting of Norman Maclean’s “A River Runs through It”

George H. Jensen and Heidi Skurat Harris

Survivalism, the Jeremiad and the Settler Colonial Utopian Imaginary in James Wesley Rawles’s Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse

Brittany Henry

Brad Bannon and John Vanderheide, eds., Cormac McCarthy’s Violent Destinies: The Poetics of Determinism and Fatalism

Nell Sullivan

Gina Colvin and Joanna Brooks, eds., Decolonizing Mormonism: Approaching a Postcolonial Zion

Alicia Cox

Terry Beers, The End of Eden: Agrarian Spaces and the Rise of the California Social Novel

Lawrence Coates

Kerry Driscoll, Mark Twain among the Indians and Other Indigenous Peoples

Joseph L. Coulombe

James Maynard, Robert Duncan and the Pragmatist Sublime

Joshua Hoeynck

Shaun T. Griffin, Because the Light Will Not Forgive Me: Essays from a Poet

Bernard Quetchenbach

Téa Obreht, Inland

Margaret Doane


Summer 2020 (WAL 55.2)

Gunshots, Indian Scouts, and Train Robberies: Frontier Mythology in William Dean Howells’ A Hazard of New Fortunes Margie Judd
Queering the Waters: The Subversive Potential in E. Pauline Johnson’s Canoe Kristen Brown
Pretty Shield’s Thumbprint: Body Politics in Paratextual Territory Amy Gore
Sarah D. Wald, David J. Vázquez, Priscilla Solis Ybarra, and Sarah Jaquette Ray, eds., Latinx Environmentalisms: Place, Justice, and the Decolonial Regina Marie Mills
Robert Nichols, Theft Is Property: Dispossession and Critical Theory Caitlin Simmons
Peter Quigley, The Forbidden Subject: How Oppositional Aesthetics Banished Natural Beauty from the Arts David Copland Morris
Joe Lockard and A. Robert Lee, eds., Louis Owens: Writing Land and Legacy Raymond Pierotti
Leslie Miller and Louise Excell, eds., Reimagining a Place for the Wild James Barilla
John Gifford, Red Dirt Country: Field Notes and Essays on Nature Rodney Rice
Nick Neely, Alta California: From San Diego to San Francisco, A Journey on Foot to Rediscover the Golden State Alan Weltzien
Mary Clearman Blew, Sweep Out the Ashes: A Novel Evelyn Funda
Rebecca Wigod, He Speaks Volumes: A Biography of George Bowering Miriam Nichols


Fall 2020 (WAL 55.3)

Plotting Class: A Marxist Introduction to “Trio” Westerns Jerry D. Leonard
“Young America” and the Anti-Emersonian Western: John Williams’s Butcher’s Crossing Anthony Hutchison
“He’s a ghost. But he’s out there”: Borderlands Science Fiction and the Gothic in No Country for Old Men Micah K. Donahue
Dean J. Franco, The Border and the Line: Race, Literature, and Los Angeles Richard T. Rodríguez
Guy J. Reynolds, ed. Willa Cather and the Arts Holly Blackford
Gary Scharnhorst, The Life of Mark Twain: The Middle Years, 1871-1891 Nicolas S. Witschi
Donald Anderson, Below Freezing: Elegy for the Melting Planet Daryl W. Palmer
Bernard Quetchenbach, Accidental Gravity: Residents, Travelers, and the

Landscape of Memory

Ryan McWilliams


 Winter 2021 (WAL 55.4)

History and Bakhtin’s Chronotopes in Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop Molly Metherd
Pragmatist Individuals and the Nineteenth-Century American West in

Wallace Stegner’s Angle of Repose and John Williams’s Butcher’s Crossing

Gregory Alan Phipps
The Metahybrid Environment: Rewilding, Religion, and the Buffalo Commons Novel Jerome Tharaud
Cathryn Halverson, Faraway Women and the Atlantic Monthly Susan Goodman
Josh Garrett-Davis, What is a Western? Region, Genre, Imagination Richard Aquila
Erin Murrah-Mandril, In the Mean Time: Temporal Colonization and the Mexican American Literary Tradition Guadalupe Escobar
Miranda A. Green-Barteet and Anne K. Phillips, eds. Reconsidering Laura Ingalls Wilder: Little House and Beyond Cathryn Halverson
Renée M. Laegreid and Shannon D. Smith, eds. Women in the Writings of Mari Sandoz Nicole Gray
Frank Bergon, The Toughest Kid We Knew: The Old New West, a Personal History Elliott J. Gorn
Charles Bowden, Dakotah: The Return of the Future Maria O’Connell
Jennifer Sinor, Sky Songs: Meditations on Loving a Broken World Gaynell Gavin



Spring 2021 (WAL 56.1)

Solitary Walking as Feminist Practice: Mary Austin’s “The Walking Woman” and Cheryl Strayed’s Wild Nina Bannett
A Body Without a Story: The Immortal Spectacle in The Ballad of Little Jo Shelby E. E. Grauberger
“There Is No Plan B”: Anthropocene Architecture in T. C. Boyle’s The Terranauts John Schwetman
Lee Clark Mitchell, Late Westerns: The Persistence of a Genre Rebecca Trammell Couch
Justin Farrell, Billionaire Wilderness: The Ultra-Wealthy and the Remaking of the American West Maura Bradshaw
Steven L. Davis, ed., The Essential J. Frank Dobie William Jensen
Alan Weltzien, Savage West: The Life and Fiction of Thomas Savage Paul Lindholdt
Cherrie Moraga, Native Country of the Heart: A Memoir Sandra K. Soto
Joanna Pocock, Surrender: The Call of the American West Alan Weltzien
Natalie Diaz, Postcolonial Love Poem Deborah A. Miranda
DJ Lee, Remote: Finding Home in the Bitterroots Linda Karell




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