Bret Harte | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by J. David Stevens

This literature criticism consists of approximately 32 pages of analysis & critique of Bret Harte.
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Critical Essay by J. David Stevens

SOURCE: Stevens, J. David. “‘She War a Woman’: Family Roles, Gender, and Sexuality in Bret Harte's Western Fiction.” American Literature 69, no. 3 (September 1997): 571-93.

In the following essay, Stevens traces the development of Harte's treatment of gender and sexuality in his short fiction.

By almost all accounts, Bret Harte must be considered a progenitor of the popular Western in America. Although he eschewed the displays of violence central to other frontier texts, his renditions of town and mining camp life constructed the principal backdrop against which the struggle of the Western hero would later take place; and though his characters are not as stereotypical as some critics maintain, they are for the most part representative figures in the “universal” battle of good and evil that later Westerns underscore.1 In...

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