The first novel to be considered a “Western” came out in 1902, and the tropes it established have lasted for more than a century – white men shooting each other and Indigenous people, and women, if they exist at all, serving those men. But newer novels set in the West “preserve some aspects of the old Westerns: the parched vistas, the isolation, the high-stakes emotion of characters running afoul of the law. But they also call into question the genre’s basic premise: the idea of the frontier as a place to be mastered and overcome. Instead, the Western becomes a way of thinking about humans’ relationship to land, the past, and the idea of home.” – The Atlantic

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