American Western

ISBN-10: 0748621415
ISBN-13: 9780748621415
Edition: 2007
Authors: Stephen McVeigh
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Description: This wide-ranging book illuminates the importance of the Western in American history. It explores the interconnections between the Western in both literature and film and the United States in the 20th century. Structured chronologically, the book  More...

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Book details

List price: $43.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 2/14/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 9.25" wide x 6.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

This wide-ranging book illuminates the importance of the Western in American history. It explores the interconnections between the Western in both literature and film and the United States in the 20th century. Structured chronologically, the book traces the evolution of the Western as a uniquely American form. The author argues that America's frontier past was quickly transformed into a set of symbols and myths, an American meta-narrative that came to underpin much of the 'American century'. He details how and why this process occurred, the form and function of Western myths and symbols, the evolution of this mythology, and its subversions and reconstructions throughout 20th-century American history. The book engages with the full range of historical, literary and cinematic perspectives and texts, from the founding Western histories of Theodore Roosevelt and Frederick Jackson Turner to the New Western history of Patricia Nelson Limerick and Richard White. Key texts used to illustrate the narrative include: Owen Wister's "The Virginian" Jack Schaefer's "Shane" Cormac McCarthy's "Blood Meridian" Ishmael Reed's "Yellow Back Radio Broke Down" Films from Edwin Porter's "The Great Train Robbery" to Fred Zinneman's "High Noon" and from Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven" to the post 9/11 Westerns "Open Range,"" The Alamo" and "Brokeback Mountain" This book is an essential and comprehensive analysis of the significance and enduring legacy of the American Western. Key Features: Includes chapters on Western history, literature and film Shows the interconnections between the Western (in all its forms) and 20th-century American history, politics, culture andsociety The only book to take a multi-disciplinary approach to the subject

Preface
The American West in the 1890s - a Pivotal Decade
Founding Western History: Theodore Roosevelt and Frederick Jackson Turner
Buffalo Bill's Wild West and the Codification of the Western
Western Literature from The Virginian to Shane
Western Film from Silent to Noir
The Western and the Cold War: the Gunfighter, Heroic Leadership and Political Culture
New Western Perspectives: History and Literature
The Western and Political Culture, 1960-1992: Revisions of Shane
Wanted Dead or Alive: 9/11 and the American Western
Bibliography
Web References
Index

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