||Introduction / Miranda A. Green-Barteet and Anne K. Phillips -- Wilder and truth -- Play it again, Pa: repetition in Pioneer Girl: the annotated autobiography and Little: novels / Katharine Slater -- It all depends on how you look at it: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane, Independence Day, and family economics / Dawn Sardella-Ayres -- The complicated politics of disability: reading the Little House books and Helen Keller / Keri Holt and Christine Cooper-Rompato -- Wilder and constructions of gender -- Naked horses on the prairie: Laura Ingalls Wilder's imagined Anglo-Indian womanhood Vera R. Foley -- Her own baby: dolls and family in "Indians Ride Away" / Jenna Brack -- Laura's lineage: the matrilineal legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House narratives / Sonya Sawyer Fritz -- Laura's "Farmer Boy": fictionalizing Almanzo Wilder in the Little House series / Melanie J. Fishbane -- Wilder, plains studies, and the American literature canon -- Mobile stickers and the specter of snugness: Pa's place-making in Dakota territory / Lindsay R. Stephens -- More than grassy hills: land, space, and female identity in Laura Ingalls Wilder and Willa Cather / Elif S. Armbruster -- Breathing literary lives from the prairie: Laura Ingalls Wilder and the promises of rural women's education in the Little House series / Jericho Williams -- The undergraduate American studies classroom: teaching American myths and memories with Laura Ingalls Wilder / Christiane E. Farnan -- Cultural and intercultural Wilder -- The Wilder mystique: antimodernism, tourism, and authenticity in Laura Ingalls Wilder country / Anna Thompson Hajdik -- A little place in the universe: an Ojibwe, Osage, and Dakota view of Laura Ingalls / Margaret Noodin -- Kawaii Wilder: Little House in Japan / Emily Anderson and Shosuke Kinugawa -- List of contributors -- Index.
||"Reconsidering Laura Ingalls Wilder: Little House and Beyond offers a sustained, critical examination of Wilder's writings, including her Little House series, her posthumously published and unrevised The First Four Years, her letters, her journalism, and her autobiography, Pioneer Girl. The collection also draws on biographies of Wilder, letters to and from Wilder and her daughter, collaborator and editor Rose Wilder Lane, and other biographical materials. Contributors analyze the current state of Wilder studies, delineating Wilder's place in a canon of increasingly diverse US women writers, and attending in particular to issues of gender, femininity, space and place, truth, and collaboration, among other issues. The collection argues that Wilder's work and her contributions to US children's literature, western literature, and the pioneer experience must be considered in context with problematic racialized representations of peoples of color, specifically Native Americans. While Wilder's fiction accurately represents the experiences of white settlers, it also privileges their experiences and validates, explicitly and implicitly, the erasure of Native American peoples and culture. The volume's contributors engage critically with Wilder's writings, interrogating them, acknowledging their limitations, and enhancing ongoing conversations about them while placing them in context with other voices, works, and perspectives that can bring into focus larger truths about North American history. Reconsidering Laura Ingalls Wilder examines Wilder's strengths and weaknesses as it discusses her writings with context, awareness, and nuance."--Provided by publisher.