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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 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
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $43.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 2/14/2007
Size: 9.25" wide x 6.25" long x 0.75" tall
|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|