Jefferson, North Carolina, and London: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 1984. First edition. Hardcover. 434pp. Octavo [23.5 cm] Teal cloth over boards. The foot of the spine is gently bumped, and there are periodic light check marks in pencil in the margins. Very good. Item #51114
In the Introduction, Tuska states that what, "Vicki Piekarski and I wanted to do was to put together a volume that would focus on the entire American frontier experience but with a special emphasis on the American West; that would provide some discussion of such basic concepts as that of frontier and section; that would incorporate, albeit in a limited way, a literary history of the growth and development of Western American fiction while providing the reader with the necessary theoretical and critical sensitivity to understand distinct varieties of narrative structures in the genre; that would address briefly the realm of Western films; and that would deal with a number of areas we feel are vital to the study of the American frontier experience, from the roles of women and the character of pioneer life to the U.S. Cavalry, frontier gunmen, Mexican-Americans, and the character of range life."