Across the Great Divide: Cultures of Manhood in the American West

Edition: 1st
Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 2001-01-11
Publisher(s): Routledge
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From Custer and Geronimo to John Wayne and the Marlboro Man, American notions of masculinity have been deeply interwoven with our ideas about the West. But there's more to the relationship between manhood and the frontier than a simple tale of cowboys and Indians, ruggedness and civilization. InAcross the Great Divide,some of our leading historians look to both the history of masculinity in the West and to the ways that this experience has been represented in movies, popular music, dimestore novels, and folklore. Ramon Gutierrez (When JesusCame, the Corn Mothers Went Away) describes the culture of machismo in early New Mexico; Susan Lee Johnson (Roaring Camp) takes on social life in Gold Rush boom towns; and other contributors introduce us to cross-dressing cowboys, cuckolded husbands hell-bent on revenge, and convicted outlaws walking to the gallows, among other characters. Intriguing, provocative, and important,Across the Great Dividemakes us rethink easyassumptions about the nature of American masculinity.

Author Biography

Durwood Ball is associate professor of history the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque Matthew Basso is a Ph.D. candidate in the American studies program at the University of Minnesota David Anthony Tyeeme Clark (Mesquakie) is a graduate minority opportunity fellow in the American studies program at the University of Kansas Dee Garceau is assistant professor of history at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee Ramon A. Gutierrez is professor of ethnic studies and history at the University of California, San Diego Susan Lee Johnson teaches U.S. western history, gender/women's history, and the history of sexuality at the University of Colorado at Boulder Brian Klopotek, of Choctaw and Irish-American heritage, is a doctoral candidate in the American studies program at the University of Minnesota Craig Leavitt is an independent scholar and novelist who lives in Denver, Colorado Steven M. Lee is a graduate student in comparative ethnic studies at the University of California-Berkeley Karen J. Leong is assistant professor in the women's studies program at Arizona State University Jose E. Limon, professor of anthropology and English at the University of Texas-Austin Laura McCall is professor of history and member of the honors faculty at Metropolitan State College, Denver Karen R. Merrill is assistant professor of history at the University of California, Irvine Joane Nagel is University Distinguished Professor and chair of sociology at the University of Kansas Gunther Peck is associate professor of history at the University of Texas-Austin

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1(24)
Laura McCall
``Tell Me with Whom You Walk and I Will Tell You Who You Are'': Honor and Virtue in Eighteenth-Century Colonial New Mexico
Ramon A. Gutierrez
Bulls, Bears, and Dancing Boys: Race, Gender, and Leisure in the California Gold Rush
Susan Lee Johnson
Manly Gambles: The Politics of Risk on the Comstock Lode, 1860-1880
Gunther Peck
Cool to the End: Public Hangings and Western Manhood
Durwood Ball
White Men, Red Masks: Appropriations of ``Indian'' Manhood in Imagined Wests
David Anthony Tyeeme Clark
Joane Nagel
``A Distinct and Antagonistic Race'': Constructions of Chinese Manhood in the Exclusionist Debates, 1869-1878
Karen J. Leong
Nomads, Bunkies, Cross-Dressers, and Family Men: Cowboy Identity and the Gendering of Ranch Work
Dee Garceau
Domesticated Bliss: Ranchers and Their Animals
Karen R. Merrill
Man-Power: Montana Copper Workers, State Authority, and the (Re) drafting of Manhood during World War II
Matthew Basso
On the Road: Cassady, Kerouac, and Images of Late Western Masculinity
Craig Leavitt
``All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes'': The Utilization of the Cowboy-Hero Image in Contemporary Asian-American Literature
Steven M. Lee
``I Guess Your Warrior Look Doesn't Work Every Time'': Challenging Indian Masculinity in the Cinema
Brian Klopotek
Tex-Sex-Mex: American Identities, Lone Stars, and the Politics of Racialized Sexuality
Jose E. Limon
Contributors 293(4)
Permissions 297(2)
Index 299

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