[Overview of the western novel] -- The novel in the American west / John R. Milton -- Western interpreters / Andy Adams -- Virgins, villains and varmints / W.H. Hutchinson -- The themes of western fiction / Max Westbrook -- [History and theory of the popular western novel] -- The beginnings of cowboy fiction / Mody C. Boatright -- Origins of the western / Richard / W. Etulain -- Prolegomena to the western / John G. Cawelti -- [Theories of the literary western novel] -- The western esthetic / Max Westbrook -- Frontier and region in western literature / Richard W. Etulain -- Can the western tell what happens? / Don D. Walker -- [Early western novelists] -- Emerson Hough and the popular novel / Delbert E. Wylder -- Two heroes in one : reflections on the popularity of [Owen Wister's] the Virginian / Donald E. Houghton --[The classic generation of western novelists] -- The primitive world of Vardis Fisher : the Idaho novels / John R. Milton -- A.B. Guthrie's vanishing paradise : an essay on historical fiction / Donald C. Stewart -- Change of purpose in the novels of Louis L'Amour / John D. Nesbitt -- Walter Van Tillburg Clark's ambiguous American dream / L.L. Lee -- The inception of a saga : Frederick Manfred's 'Buckskin man' / Russell Roth -- On Jean Stafford's 'The mountain lion' / William T. Pilkington -- Tragedy and western American literature : the exammple of Michael Straight's A very small remnant / Don Graham -- The novels of William Eastlake / Delbert E. Wylder -- Edward Abbey : western philosopher / William T. Pilkington -- More D'Urban : the Texas novels of Larry McMurtry / Kerry Ahearn -- Words and place : a reading of N. Scott Momaday's house made of dawn / Lawrence J. Evers -- Extensive/intensive dimensionality in Rudolfo Anaya's Bless me, ultima / Daniel Testa.