The Return of the Vanishing American  

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The Return of the Vanishing American (1968) is a work of literary theory by Leslie Fiedler in which he theorizes on the "New Western" and analyzes the white American to the "Indian". Our authentic selves can best be seen, says Fiedler, in a myth-busting novel such as John Barth's The Sot-Weed Factor, which purports to relate the naked, ribald truth about the Indian woman Pocahontas and John Smith. "The real opposite of nostalgic," he says, "is psychedelic, the reverse of remembering is hallucinating, which means that, insofar as the New Western is truly New, it, too, must be psychedelic."



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