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Regionalism and the Humanities, Regionalism and the Humanities, 0803276346, 0-8032-7634-6, 978-0-8032-7634-5, 9780803276345, Edited and with an introduction by Timothy R. Mahoney and Wendy J. Katz , , Regionalism and the Humanities, 0803220464, 0-8032-2046-4, 978-0-8032-2046-1, 9780803220461, Edited and with an introduction by Timothy R. Mahoney and Wendy J. Katz

Regionalism and the Humanities
Edited and with an introduction by Timothy R. Mahoney and Wendy J. Katz

2009. 372 pp.
image, 2 maps
$30.00 s

Although the framework of regionalist studies may seem to be crumbling under the weight of increasing globalization, this collection of seventeen essays makes clear that cultivating regionalism lies at the center of the humanist endeavor. With interdisciplinary contributions from poets and fiction writers, literary historians, musicologists, and historians of architecture, agriculture, and women, this volume implements some of the most innovative and intriguing approaches to the history and value of regionalism as a category for investigation in the humanities.
In the volume’s inaugural essay, Annie Proulx discusses landscapes in American fiction, comments on how she constructs characters, and interprets current literary trends. Edward Watts offers a theory of region that argues for comparisons of the United States to other former colonies of Great Britain, including New Zealand, Australia, and Canada. Whether considering a writer's connection to region or the idea of place in exploring what is meant by regionalism, these essays uncover an enduring and evolving concept. Although the approaches and disciplines vary, all are framed within the fundamental premise of the humanities: the search to understand what it means to be human.

Timothy R. Mahoney is a professor of history at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and project administrator of the Plains Humanities Alliance. He is the author of Provincial Lives: Middle-Class Experience in the Antebellum Middle West and River Towns in the Great West: The Structure of Provincial Urbanization in the American Midwest, 1820–1870.
Wendy J. Katz is an associate professor of art history at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She is the author of Regionalism and Reform: Art and Class Formation in Antebellum Cincinnati.
Contributors include Ginette Aley, Stephen C. Behrendt, Mark Busby, Cheryll Glotfelty, Barbara Handy-Marchello, Kurt E. Kinbacher, Patrick Lee Lucas, Larry W. Moore, Annie Proulx, Guy Reynolds, Mark A. Robison, Michael Saffle, William Slaymaker, Maggie Valentine, Edward Watts, and Nicolas S. Witschi.

"There is grist here for everyone's mill, and the University of Nebraska Press is to be commended for producing this thought-provoking volume."—John E. Miller, Great Plains Quarterly

"Mahoney and Katz's anthology ranges freely across thematic and geographical territory, proving a worthy companion to other books of its kind and confirming that the "regionalist impulse" is very much alive among scholars of American humanities." —Eric Sandweiss, American Studies Journal

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