THE AMERICAN ELSEWHERE
From the University Press of Kansas. The American Elsewhere delves into the cultural and emotional world of adventurers in the early nineteenth-century United States. With their words and images, they energized the mythologies of the West and contributed to the justifications of territorial conquest. They told stories of exhilarating perils, boundless landscapes, and erotic encounters that elevated their chauvinism, avarice, and violence into forms of nobility. As self-proclaimed avatars of American exceptionalism, adventurers transformed westward expansion into a project of romantic nationalism. For more information see The American Elsewhere.
The Western Literature Association selected The American Elsewhere as the second runner-up for the 2018 Thomas J. Lyon Award for the Best Book in Western American Literary and Cultural Studies. I am humbled by the association with the winner, Richard W. Etulain's Ernest Haycock and the Western, and with the first runner-up, Karen R. Roybal's Archives of Dispossession: Recovering the Testimonies of Mexican American Herederas, 1848-1960.
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