History, realism and the western: The portrayal of race in four novels by Elmer Kelton

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2003-08

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Mohammad, Malek H.

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Elmer Kelton, West Texas journalist and novelist, is a new Southwestern literary voice that moves away from ethnocentricity towards racial diversity. Drawing on four of Kelton's novels, Wagontongue (1972), The Time It Never Rained (1973), Manhunters (1974), and The Wolf and the Buffalo (1980), this thesis contends that in his treatment of the racial experience in the Southwest, Kelton adheres to the historical fact, rejects political correctness, observes literary realism, and transcends the Western.

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