Picturing a Different West: Vision, Illustration, and the Tradition of Austin and Cather

Front Cover
Texas Tech University Press, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 295 pages
0 Reviews
Picturing a Different West addresses Willa Cather and Mary Austin as central figures in a women’s tradition of the pictured West. Both Cather and Austin moved west in their youth and spent much of their lives there. Cather lived on the Great Plains, while Austin resided in California and the Southwest. Cather’s travels repeatedly took her to the Southwest, and she wrote three novels with Southwestern settings.Starting with the masculine tradition of Western art that was prevalent when Austin and Cather launched their careers, Janis P. Stout shows how the authors challenged and revised that tradition. Rather than a West of adventure, violence, and conquest, open only to rugged and daring men, the authors envisioned a new West—not conventionally feminine so much as an androgynous space of freedom for women and men alike. Their vision of an alternative West and their alternative ways of thinking about and portraying gender are inseparable.Placing Cather and Austin alongside contemporaries Elsie Clews Parsons, Mabel Dodge Luhan, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Laura Gilpin, Stout emphasizes the visual nature of Austin’s and Cather’s personal experiences of the West and Southwest, their awareness of the prevailing visual representations of the West, and the visual nature of their books about the West, with respect to both prose style and illustrations. In closing, Stout demonstrates the continuance of their tradition in illustrated western books by Leslie Marmon Silko and by Margaret Randall and Barbara Byers.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

WHITE AMERICAS GENDERED VISION OF THE WEST
3
MARY AUSTIN ILLUSTRATION AND TEXT
42
GENDER AND EQUALITY IN AUSTINS SOUTHWEST
80
WILLA GATHER PICTURES AND WORD PICTURES ON THE GREAT PLAINS
105
GATHERS SOUTHWEST IN TEXT AND IMAGE
138
FROM SEEING TO VISION
177
A CONTINUING TRADITION LESLIE MARMON SILKO MARGARET RANDALL AND BARBARA BYERS
199
NOTES
241
ILLUSTRATION CREDITS
263
BIBLIOGRAPHY
265
INDEX
283
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2007)

Janis P. Stout is professor emerita of English at Texas A&M University.

Bibliographic information