Last night Lyn and I finished the latest draft of the entire book. We’re getting close. One more draft before the semester begins and we’ll be ready to send it out to potential publishers.
About 300 pages at this point. 95,000 words. Neither number reveals what a complex task this has been.
Table of Contents
Constructing the Meaning of Barbed Wire in the Late Nineteenth Century
“Infernal Machines”: Newspapers and Magazines Debate the Meaning of Barbed-Wire Fences
“Secure and Safe Alike”: Legislative Challenges and Inventive Responses
“The Perfect Fence”: Selling Barbed Wire
The Barbed-Wire Motif in Literature
“Don’t Fence Me In”: Barbed Wire in the Western
“Intimate Fences”: Barbed Wire in the New West
“The Thorny Fence”: Reifying the Religious Metaphor
“I Helped Him Build His Own Fences”: Native Americans Cut the Wire, Cut the Lies