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Worldviews And The American West: The Life Of The Place Itself, Polly Stewart, Steve Siporin, C. W. Sullivan Iii, Suzi Jones Jan 2000

Worldviews And The American West: The Life Of The Place Itself, Polly Stewart, Steve Siporin, C. W. Sullivan Iii, Suzi Jones

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A diverse group of writers and scholars follow the lead of noted folklorist Barre Toelken and consider, from the inside, the ways in which varied cultures in the American West understand and express their relations to the world around them. As Barre Toelken puts it in The Dynamics of Folklore, "'Worldview' refers to the manner in which a culture sees and expresses its relation to the world around it." In Worldviews and the American West, seventeen notable authors and scholars, employing diverse approaches and styles, apply Toelken's ideas about worldview to the American West. While the contributors represent a ...