Regionalism and Local Color in Short Fiction Criticism: Regionalism/Local Color Fiction Of The West - Essay

Fred Erisman (essay date 1974-75)

(Short Story Criticism)

SOURCE: Erisman, Fred. “Frederick Remington: The Artist as Local Colorist.” in South Dakota Review, 12, no. 4. (winter 1974-75): 76-88.

[In the following essay, Erisman considers Remington's written works, seeing them primarily as examples of local color fiction that occasionally supersede this designation.]

Frederic Remington (1861-1909). American painter and sculptor, needs no introduction: Frederic Remington. American author is virtually unknown. No one having the sketchiest acquaintance with the American West can fail to recognize either a Remington bronze or a Remington oil. “The Bronco Buster,” for example, or “Coming Through the Rye,” with its four...

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J. David Stevens (essay date September 1997)

(Short Story Criticism)

SOURCE: Stevens, J. David. “‘She war a woman’: Family Roles, Gender, and Sexuality in Bret Harte's Western Fiction.” American Literature 69, no. 3 (September 1997): 571-93.

[In the following essay, Stevens maintains that Bret Harte's short stories of the American West challenge traditional values regarding gender, sexuality, and patriarchal family structure.]

By almost all accounts, Bret Harte must be considered a progenitor of the popular Western in America. Although he eschewed the displays of violence central to other frontier texts, his renditions of town and mining camp life constructed the principal backdrop against which the struggle of the Western hero...

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Sherrie A. Inness (essay date fall 1998)

(Short Story Criticism)

SOURCE: Inness, Sherrie A. “Looking Westward: Geographical Distinctions in the Regional Short Fiction of Mary Foote and Mary Austin.” Studies in Short Fiction 35, no. 4 (fall 1998): 319-30.

[In the following essay, Inness views short stories of western regionalists Mary Foote and Mary Austin as literary vehicles used to criticize the notion of eastern United States cultural superiority, particularly its expectations about the “proper” roles of women.]

“There is no sort of experience that works so constantly and subtly upon man as his regional environment” (97), writes Mary Austin in her essay “Regionalism in American Fiction” (1932). She urges her...

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