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Frontier Romance

Environment, Culture, and Alaska Identity 

by Judith Kleinfeld

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"A tour de force. In a brief and pleasingly written 90 pages, Kleinfeld has not only strengthened Alaska’s role in Northern Studies but re-stimulated questions about what the West means."
—Journal of the West


Anyone curious about what drew people like Christopher McCandless (the subject of Into the Wild) and John Muir to Alaska will find nuanced answers in Frontier Romance, Judith Kleinfeld’s thoughtful study of the iconic American love of the frontier and its cultural influence. Kleinfeld considers the subject through three categories: rebellion, redemption, and rebirth; escape and healing; and utopian community. Within these categories she explores the power of narrative to shape lives through concrete, compelling examples—both heart-warming and horrifying. Ultimately, Kleinfeld argues that the frontier narrative enables Americans—born or immigrant—to live deliberately, to gather courage, and to take risks, face danger, and seize freedom rather than fear it.

Judith Kleinfeld is founder and director of the Northern Studies program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has published numerous books and articles, including Gender Tales: Tensions in the Schools (St. Martin's Press, 1995) and two books on fetal alcohol syndrome/effects, Fantastic Antone Succeeds! and Fantastic Antone Grows Up (University of Alaska Press 1994, 2000).

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  • Paperback Price: $19.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-60223-189-4
  • Ebook Price: $13.95
  • EISBN: 978-1-60223-190-0
  • Publication Month: August
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • Pages: 100
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: by Judith Kleinfeld
  • ECommerce Code: 9781602231894

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