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By William Deverell, David Igler

This quantity of unique essays by way of major students is an leading edge, thorough creation to the heritage and tradition of California.

  • Includes 30 essays by means of best students within the field
  • Essays diversity greatly throughout views, together with political, social, financial, and environmental history
  • Essays with comparable methods are paired and grouped to paintings as person items and as partners to one another through the text
  • Produced in organization with the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West

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Kroeber, Theodora. 1962. Ishi in Two Worlds: A Biography of the Last Wild Indian in North America. Berkeley: University of California Press. Margolin, Malcolm. 1978. The Ohlone Way: Indian Life in the San Francisco – Monterey Bay Area. Berkeley: Heyday Books. Masumoto, David Mas. 1995. Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on My Family Farm. San Francisco: HarperCollins. Rodriguez, Richard. 1983. Hunger of Memory. New York: Bantam. Shavelson, Lonny and Setterberg, Fred. 2007. Under the Dragon: California’s New Culture.

Readers (however they felt about the injustice) predictably fell in love with the romance. Jackson’s strategy of identifying the qualities of the pastoral landscape of mid-nineteenth-century Southern California with the character of Californians was her undoing. Environmental essentialism – a complicated inheritance from both Darwinism and the English Romantics – framed the astonishing success of Ramona as a enduring work of popular literature, going through dozens of editions, and Ramona’s long afterlife as the guarantor of meaning for the Californian experience.

For Didion, the attempt to create a narrative unencumbered by irony had failed at its beginning, even as the wagon trains of the mid-1840s set out west with narratives of suffering, providential escape, and future redemption already packed into the baggage of the immigrant families. Ironies seem to be the point in Marc Reisner’s dystopian histories Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water (1993 [1986]) and A Dangerous Place: California’s Unsettling Fate (2003), which exactly mirror American anxiety about the double meaning of California (and the West generally) as simultaneously El Dorado and the Donner Pass, as an unearned gift of fortune and the curse of being reduced to cannibalism.

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