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Because a Fire Was in My Head: The Literature of the New West

How do place and movement play major roles in the literature of the New West (and in Kate's life)?
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Re: Because a Fire Was in My Head: The Literature of the New West

Place and movement, two conditions that seem to be in contention but which together define the literature of the West. While the land shapes and defines character, especially characters like Kate Riley, born and raised in the prairies where the land is All, it is movement that describes the way of life. When luck runs out in one town, or a drought has its will of two many harvests, or the young men head west to the big coastal cities because there is no work in the small farming towns, now that the combines are doing the work of 10 men, then it's time once again to move on. It isn't only that change has a more intense or immediate effect on Western towns and cities, it's that the rate of change has been faster here than in the East, longer-settled and socially more dug-in.

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