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Myth of the Western: New Perspectives on Hollywood's Frontier Narrative

Matthew Carter

Abstract

What is the nature of the relationship between the Hollywood Western and American frontier mythology? How have Western films helped develop cultural and historical perceptions, attitudes and beliefs towards the frontier? Is there still a place for the genre in light of revisionist histories of the American West? Myth of the Western re-invigorates the debate surrounding the relationship between the Western and frontier mythology, arguing for the importance of the genre's socio-cultural, historical and political dimensions. A number of critical-theoretical and philosophical approaches are applie ... More

Keywords: Film Studies, Hollywood Western, Frontier Mythology, Cultural-ideology, Genre Theory, American Studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780748685585
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748685585.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Carter, author
University of Essex.

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