True West: Authenticity and the American West (Postwestern Horizons Series)ISBN: 0803224109;
Book Description"[E]ditors William R. Handley and Nathaniel Lewis [write an] astute introduction to this new collection of essays. . . . At the core of True Westis a cluster of essays on the troubled encounters between those who fancied themselves to be the discoverers of the West and those who were already there. Here, too, the touchstone is the search for nuggets of authenticity amid the claptrap of propaganda, pop culture and pseudo-history. . . . [A] work of highly disciplined scholarship. . . . Again and again, True West reminds us that the relentless search for authenticity is a quest for something that is elusive--and perhaps wholly illusory."--Jonathan Kirsch, Los Angeles Times Book Review In no other region of the United States has the notion of authenticity played such an important yet elusive role as it has in the West. Though pervasive in literature, popular culture, and history, assumptions about western authenticity have not received adequate critical attention....
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