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March 7, 2012

Literature about the frontier and the Old American West continues to be part of our national identity.  In this course, students read a novel about the romanticized West, such as Zane Grey's Riders of the Purple Sage, and a western novel full of realistic social commentary, such as Walter Van Tilburg Clark's The Ox-Bow Incident.  The class also reads stories from relatively modern western writers--for example, Larry McMurtry, Louis L'Amour, and Annie Proulx--who have attempted to blend a romantic notion of the Old West with a realistic portrait of its people.