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The Pacific Region

Robert Penn Warren once wrote West is where we all plan to go some day, and indeed, images of the westernmost United States provide a mythic horizon to American cultural landscape. While the five states (California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawai'i) which touch Pacific waters do share commonalities within the history of westward expansion, the peoples who settled the region-and the indigenous peoples they encountered-have created spheres of culture that defy simple categorization. This wide-ranging reference volume explores the marvelously eclectic cultures that define the Pacific region. From the music and fashion of the Pacific northwest to the film industry and surfing subcultures of southern California, from the vast expanses of the Alaskan wilderness to the schisms between native and tourist culture in Hawa'ii, this unprecedented reference provides a detailed and fascinating look at American regionalism along the Pacific Rim. The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Regional Cultures is the first rigorous reference collection on the many ways in which American identity has been defined by its regions and its people. Each of its eight regional volumes presents thoroughly researched narrative chapters on Architecture; Art; Ecology & Environment; Ethnicity; Fashion; Film & Theater; Folklore; Food; Language; Literature; Music; Religion; and Sports & Recreation. Each book also includes a volume-specific introduction, as well as a series foreword by noted regional scholar and former National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman William Ferris, who served as consulting editor for this encyclopedia.
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Thirty-six scholars present the eclectic and wide-reaching cultures found on the west coast, Alaska, and Hawaii.

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Foreword by William Ferris Preface Introduction by Jan Goggans with Aaron DiFranco Architecture by Julie Nicoletta, Merry Ovnick, and Spencer Leineweber Art by Linda Noveroske Rentner and Janet L. Steinbright Ecology and Environment by M. Kathryn Davis Ethnicity by Aaron DiFranco and Kella de Castro Svetich Fashion by Susan B. Kaiser and Linda B. Arthur Film and Theater by Georges Van Den Abbeele, John T. Caldwell, Jan Goggans, and Jeff Purdue Folklore by Barre Toelken Food by Kimberly D. Nettles, Melissa Salazar, and Alice McLean Language by Kevin Donald, Ritsuko Kikusawa, Karen Gaul, and Gary Holton Literature by Jack Hicks, Michael Kowalewski, and Chris J. Sindt Music by Pauline Tuttle, Valerie Samson, Sydney Hutchinson, Rob Kirkpattick, and Jan Goggans Religion by Jeremy Bonner, Vivian Deno, and Aaron DiFranco Sports and Recreation by Mont Christopher Hubbard, Andrea Ross, and Patrick Moser Timeline Notes Bibliography Index About the Editors and Contributors

About the Author

JAN GOGGANSAARON DIFRANCO serves as Program Officer for the Pacific Regional Humanities Center at the University of California, Davis. He is completing his Ph.D. research in the U.C. Davis English Department, where he specializes in 20th century poetry, environmental criticism, and bioregionalist culture. He has published several pieces on American nature poets, including an article on Gary Snyder's poetics.


"This set provides a comprehensive view of America's regional history and culture.... This encyclopedia set provides a resource that is compatible with regional studies curricula. Highly recommended. All levels." - Choice, June 2005 "Exploring both history and culture, this resource offers a comprehensive view of our nation's diverse regions.... The narratives focus on distinctive U.S. regions, with subjects ranging from architecture, art, and ecology to fashion, folklore, food, language, literature, music, religion, and sports.... With interest in regionalism on the rise owing to increased literary and American studies programs, students conducting research on regional identities and cultural distinctiveness will be well served by the depth of coverage this set provides. Classroom teachers and library media specialists could also utilize it in their own research. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries." - Library Journal, March 15, 2005 "This reference set will be a great source for students in grade seven and up, especially for schools and public libraries where states and cultural heritage assignments are frequent and curriculum support is needed." - VOYA, June 2005"

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