By Matthew Basso
In around the nice Divide, a few of our prime historians glance to either the historical past of masculinity within the West and to the ways in which this adventure has been represented in video clips, renowned tune, dimestore novels, and folklore.
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See also Harry Russell Huebel, "The ' Holy Goof: Neal Cassady and the Post War American Counter Culture," Illinois Quarterly 35 (April 1973): 52-61. " Jack Kerouac, On The Road, (New York: New American Library, 1957), I I . 37. Richard SIOlkin, Gunfighter Nation: The Myth ofthe Frontier in Twentieth-Century America (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1992), 1 1 . 38. , 1 3 . For a discussion o f the gendered foundations o f violence, see Michael Bellesiles, intro duction, and John C. Pettegrew, "Homosociality and the Legal Sanction of Male Heterosexual Aggression in the Early Twentieth Century," in Lethal Imagination: Violence and Brutality in American History, ed.
Peter Iverson, "When Indians Became Cowboys," Montana 45 (winter 1 995): 16--3 1 . 5 1 . Environmental histories include Roderick Nash, Wilderness and the American Mind (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1967); Max Oelschlaeger, The Idea of Wildemess: From Prehistory to the Age of Ecology (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1991); Patricia Nelson Limerick, The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West (New York: W. W. Norton, 1 987); and Susan Rhoades Neel, "A Place of Extremes: Nature, History, and the American West," in A New Significance: Re-envisioning the Histmy ofthe American West, ed.
2 What do these two examples have in common ? The language employed to express the most intimate violations of self-integrity is what is important here. When Catharina de los Rfos wanted to repent for the shameless con duct that had dishonored her, when Francisco Montes Vigil desecrated the Christian images by placing them in Catharina's shameful parts, and when Don Francisco Armijo complained that his wife was shameless and whipped her and cut off her hair to guard her honor, they were expressing the basic tenets of what Spaniards believed constituted a virtuous life.
Across the Great Divide: Cultures of Manhood in the American West by Matthew Basso