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Dorst, John D. Looking West. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999.
In Looking West, University of Wyoming American Studies professor and folklorist John Dorst examines historically determined patterns of looking at the West. Dorst uses a variety of texts about the West—jokes, documentary photographs, fine art, literary, popular fiction, national monuments, and historical narratives—to emphasize the pervasiveness of the discourse of seeing the West in the way he describes. Dorst locates this Western way of seeing within a larger system of discourse, constructed in the nineteenth-century and flourishing in the twentieth-century, that he identifies as post-colonial. In this post-colonial discourse, Native Americans and the landscape of the West are both the other, the marginalized, and the subaltern that are dominated and shaped by First-World, Euro-American culture. [K. Park]