- Title Pages
- Chapter 1 Indians with Voices: Revisiting <i>Savagism and Civilization</i>
- Chapter 2 Wild Hope: Love, Money and Mythic Identity in the Novels of Louise Erdrich<sup>1</sup>
- Chapter 3 Float like a Butterfly, Sting like a Bee: Mythologies of Representation in Selected Writings on Boxing by Norman Mailer<sup>1</sup>
- Chapter 4 The Secret Sharing: Myth and Memory in the Writing of Jayne Anne Phillips
- Chapter 5 The Individual's Ghost: Towards a New Mythology of the Postmodern
- Chapter 6 ‘Cheap, On Sale, American Dream’: Contemporary Asian American Women Writers' Responses to American Success Mythologies
- Chapter 7 ‘No Way Back Forever’: American Western Myth in Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy
- Chapter 8 Native American Visions of Apocalypse: Prophecy and Protest in the Fiction of Leslie Marmon Silko and Gerald Vizenor<sup>1</sup>
- Chapter 9 The Brave New World of Computing in Post-war American Science Fiction
- Chapter 10 Mythologies of ‘Ecstatic immersion’: America, The Poem and the Ethics of Lyric in Jorie Graham and Lisa Jarnot
- Chapter 11 Whose Myth is it Anyway? Coyote in the Poetry of Gary Snyder and Simon J. Ortiz
- Chapter 12 Aging, Anxious and Apocalyptic: Baseball's Myths for the Millennium
- Chapter 13 Finding a Voice, Telling a Story: Constructing Communal Identity in Contemporary American Women's Writing
- Notes on Contributors
This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of American literature's engagement with mythologies. It then examines the changes in contemporary American literature, which has, over the last thirty years, incorporated stories of defeat, and stories of the land and its people, within a revised concept of national exceptionalism and human possibility, written from both intercultural and transcultural perspectives. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.
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