• Testimonials

    The WLA has provided an invaluable intellectual home for me as I have worked to forge a professional identity over the course of my time in graduate school.
    Alex Young, 2018
    Taylor Award recipient 2010 and EC Member 2018–2021

Tables of Contents Summer 2021 – Present

Amy Hamilton is our current editor.

Summer 2021 (WAL 56.2)

Editors’ Letter Amy Hamilton & Kyle Bladow
Staying with the White Trouble of Recent Feminist Westerns Krista Comer
Text, Encounter, Genre: Returning (Again) to Black Elk Speaks Sam Stoeltje
Simons Town as Heterotopia: The Dynamic Interplay of Barrioization and Barriology in The Brick People Beilei Yan and Longhai Zhang
Toni Jensen, Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land Doreen Pfost
Kerry Fine, Michael K. Johnson, Rebecca M. Lush, and Sara L. Spurgeon, eds. Weird Westerns: Race, Gender, Genre Travis Franks
Vanessa Fonseca-Chávez, Levi Romero, and Spencer Herrera, eds., Querencia: Reflections on the New Mexico Homeland Daniel Arbino
Geneva M. Gano, The Little Art Colony and US Modernism: Carmel, Provincetown, Taos Robert Thacker
James H. Cox, The Political Arrays of American Indian Literary History Joshua T. Anderson
Brady Harrison and Randi Lynn Tanglen, eds., Teaching Western American Literature Susan Kollin
Kiara Kharpertian, We Who Work the West: Class, Labor, and Space in Western American Literature Daniel Clausen


Fall 2021/Winter 2022 (WAL 56.3/4)

Special Double Issue: California, Cli-Fi, and Climate Crisis
Guest editor: Daniel D. Clausen

Guest Editor’s Introduction: What Happens in California Cli-Fi

Daniel D. Clausen
Pre-apocalypse Now: Gold Fame Citrus as Weird Western Cli-Fi Jennifer K. Ladino
Old Chestnuts: Seeding Alternative Communities and Alternative Futures in/with The Overstory Ryan Hediger
Uncenter Yourselves: Revisiting Robinson Jeffers’ Inhumanism in the Age of The Overstory Cory Willard
“A Land of Missing Things”: Extraction, Belonging, and Chinese Immigrant Labor in C Pam Zhang’s How Much of These Hills Is Gold   Ashley E. Reis
Cli-Fi Georgic and Grassroots Mutual Aid in Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower Daniel D. Clausen
“Trees are better than stone”: Vital Commemoration in Octavia Butler’s Parable Novels Matt Burkhart 
California Dreaming: Reading the Ski Film as Cli-Fi Kevin Maier
Antonia Castañeda and Clara Lomas, Writing/Righting History: Twenty-Five Years of Hispanic Literary Heritage Erin Murrah-Mandril
Jim Hoy, My Flint Hills: Observations and Reminiscences from America’s Last Tallgrass Prairie Timothy A. Schuler
Arnold Krupat, Changed Forever: American Boarding-School Literature, Volume 2 Lydia Presley


Spring 2022 (WAL 57.1)

Learning to Fly-Cast: Icarus and Myth in Norman Maclean’s A River Runs Through It Stephen B. Dobranski
“Taken from Their Self-found Paths”: Captivity and Creation in Mary Hallock Foote’s Idaho Fiction Quinn Grover
The Parthian Legacy: Irish Catholicism and Remaking Identity in Willa Cather’s My Mortal Enemy Vera R. Foley
John N. Maclean, Home Waters: A Chronicle of Family and a River O. Alan Weltzien
Xabier Irujo and Iñaki Arrieta Baro, eds. Visions of a Basque American Westerner: International Perspectives on the Writings of Frank Bergon Michael Kowalewski
Ryanne Pilgeram, Pushed Out: Contested Development and Rural Gentrification in the US West Jennifer K. Ladino
Erin Flanagan, Deer Season Joshua Doležal
Mary Stoecklein, Native America Mystery Writing: Indigenous Investigations
Jessica Rios
Gary Eller, True North Hank Nuwer




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