The frontier reality of confronting new conditions, adapting cultural inclinations, and dealing with a volatile environment in an effort to establish and nurture new communities is central to the western Canadian experience. It has shaped many aspects of our heritage, and it is within that context the essays assembled here strive to identify and critique the impact of the frontier on our region, culture, and society.
Challenging Frontiers: The Canadian West is a multidisciplinary study using critical essays as well as creative writing to explore the conceptions of the "West," both past and present. Considering topics such as ranching, immigration, art and architecture, as well as globalization and the spread of technology, these articles inform the reader of the historical frontier and its mythology, while also challenging and reassessing conventional analysis.
With a comprehensive introduction to situate the geographic and cultural boundaries of the western frontier, this collection is a must for anyone interested in uncovering what it means to be a westerner and how the new frontier has influenced every part of our society.
With Contributions By:
Marcia Jenneth Epstein
Lorry W. Felske
R. Douglas Francis
Madeline A. Kalbach
Aritha van Herk
Table of Contents
|Introduction: Challenging Frontiers||10|
|IMAGES OF THE WEST||22|
|Naming the West||23|
|Early Interpretations of Region||35|
|CHALLENGING WESTERN HISTORY AND FRONTIER MYTH-MAKING||75|
|Filling in Historical Absence||77|
|De-Mythologizing Cowboys and Indians||143|
|The Deconstruction of Architecture and Western Identity||213|
|Forces of Change||258|
|Contemporary Artists: The New Mythmakers||338|