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American Literature


Well into the twentieth century, western American literature was still dismissed as regional or was boxed in by the genre expectations of pulp Westerns. This chapter focuses less on the causes of an eastern dismissal of western literature and more on what is unique about western literature, including how it reflects the larger western experience. Sumner looks at the particular Americanisms evident in the letters of the American West, using two short stories to make his argument: H. L. Davis’s Open Winter and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Babylon Revisited.

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Original Citation

David T. Sumner
Location and landscape in literary Americanisms: H. L. Davis and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
In Americanisms: discourses of exception, exclusion, exchange, edited by Michael Steppat
2009, American studies: a monograph series, volume 173, pages 45-56, Universitätsverlag Winter: Heidelberg



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