Rocky Mountain Review

71-2-2017 | Fall 2017


Articles are published in alphabetical order according to the name of the author.

Mirrored Narrations and Basque Nationalism: Literary Folds in José Javier Abasolo’s

El aniversario de la independencia

Jennifer Brady, University of Minnesota, Duluth 

Spanish author José Javier Abasolo’s detective and police novels ctionalize contemporary sociopolitical situations in his country. In his 2006 novel, El aniversario de la inde- pendencia, Abasolo explores the ctional one-year anniversary of the creation of a sov- ereign Basque nation through the perspectives of two protagonist-narrators. Their mirrored narrations unfold the multiplicity of issues related to Basque nationalist movements.

Intermixing German and Russian in Lou Andreas-Salomé’s Travelogue Russland mit Rainer and Katja Petrowskaja’s Autobiographical Narrative Vielleicht Esther

Gabriele Eckart, Southeast Missouri State University 

Lou Andreas-Salomé’s travelogue Russland mit Rainer (“Russia with Rainer,” 1900) and Katja Petrowskaja’s autobiographical narrative Vielleicht Esther (“Maybe Esther,” 2014) mix German with Russian in their descriptions of travel eastward from Germany. Both writers value switching into Russian as a way to open up multiple per- spectives that are attached to language and to express their nostalgia for the language with which they grew up. In Petrowskaja’s text, Russian expressions are also used to articulate traumatizing experiences and repressed events of the past. Considered together, the texts shed light on the relationship between identity and language as well on intercultural identity determined by multilingualism.


“Nicht Fliehen, hinschauen” Inter-Ethnic Relations in Egiland Schlattner’s Novel Rote Handschuke

István Gombocz, The University of South Dakota 

Eginald Schlattner is the most productive ction author of the German diaspora of East Central Europe. This study focuses on the complex historical, political, cultural, and per- sonal dilemmas addressed in the plot of his 2001novel Rote Handschuhe. After pro- viding relevant geographic, historical, and biographical background information, the article establishes it as a novel inspired by the Transylvanian multiethnic setting. More speci cally, it investigates the novel’s portrayal of various nationalities (Germans, Roma, Jews, Hun- garians, and Romanians) in Transylvania and the impressions that the narrator receives from members of these ethnicities. The study further shows how these considerations relate to the coping mechanisms developed by the narrator during his incarceration. Finally, the study assesses Schlattner’s hopes for preserving the multinational conglomeration in Tran- sylvania and for sustaining peaceful coexistence among the region’s nationalities.

Can David Wagoner, Poet of Nature and the Environment, Qualify as Eco-poet?

Ron McFarland, University of Idaho

A renowned poet of nature and the environment, David Wagoner has proven himself as a poet for sixty-three years with twenty published books. He has had a long and distinguished teaching career at the University of Washington and many years as editor of Poetry Northwest. So far, however, he has been excluded from the list of poets whose works have been welcomed into the growing canon of eco-poetry. In this essay, I inquire into this evolving canon as well as that of eco-poetics, and re ect upon a number of Wagoner’s poems concerning nature and the environment as I try to assess his contributions to these areas.

Female Desire: De ant Text and Intercultural Context in Works by D.H. Lawrence and Eileen Chang

Sijia Yao, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

D. H. Lawrence’s The Virgin and the Gipsy and Eileen Chang’s “Lust, Caution” feature a female character who withdraws from society to nd her authentic self elsewhere. Yvette, Lawrence’s heroine, betrays her social class in falling for a gipsy. Similarly, Chang tells a story of a Chinese woman, a nationalist spy who unexpectedly falls in love with a traitor who she is to assassinate. Both authors achieve similar ends while showing subtle cultural differences. Although they focus on women’s desires and openly rebel against their own societies, they confront different dominant conventions and cultural ideologies in their personal settings.



The text of the Inaugural Sterling Keynote Address given at the 2015 Annual Convention October 8, 2015, Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Practicality of an Impractical Education

Charles G. Davis, Boise State University. 260

ERRATA in previous print issue 71.1: A revised version of “Secret-Keep- ing as Female Empowerment in Marcel Prevost’s Le jardin secret” by Hope Christiansen, University of Arkansas, has been posted on the website. The editors ask that you refer to the digital version of the article and apologize for any errors or misinterpretations that might appear in the print version.”