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A State of Words: Writing about Arizona, 1912-2012

Abstract This dissertation explores how the written word and natural and cultural landscapes entwine to create a place, the process by which Arizona's landscapes affected narratives written about the place and how those narratives created representations of Arizona over time. From before Arizona became a state in 1912 to the day its citizens celebrated one hundred years as a state in 2012, words have played a role in making it the place it is. The literature about Arizona and narratives drawn from its landscapes reveal writers' perceptions, what they believe is important and useful, what motivates or attracts them to the place. Those perceptions translated into words organized in various ways create an image of Arizona for readers. I explore... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Engel-Pearson, Kimberli (Author) / Pyne, Stephen (Advisor) / Hirt, Paul (Advisor) / Adamson, Joni (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject History / American history / Arizona / landscapes / literature / narratives / place / Southwest
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 330 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. History 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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