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ERIC Number: ED178921
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Western Regionalism and Awareness of Place.
Erisman, Fred
Western regional writing provides a valuable resource for scholars and teachers. In their accounts of the populating of the West and the effects of that population, Western writers suggest questions that might be asked of any region--questions of skill, culture, race, environment, scenery, and progress. If the genre deals with these matters to a degree greater than that of other regional literatures, it nonetheless demonstrates to writers and readers of works about those other regions how place affects the substance of a literary work. The West, obviously, is a unique region, possessing a singular climate, scenery, historical past, and present. Its writers take care to assure that their readers are aware of the region's cultural, intellectual, and emotional continuity. Yet other regions possess a comparable uniqueness, and the study of their particular authors could provide readers with an awareness corresponding to that given by Western writers. In that awareness resides the final justification of regional studies; for it is in learning of the specific that people come to understand the general. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: United States (West)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (69th, San Francisco, CA, November 22-24, 1979)