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Spaghetti Westerns at the CrossroadsStudies in Relocation, Transition and Appropriation$
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Austin Fisher

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780748695454

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748695454.001.0001

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Spaghetti Westerns and Asian Cinema: Perspectives on Global Cultural Flows

Spaghetti Westerns and Asian Cinema: Perspectives on Global Cultural Flows

(p.166) Chapter 8 Spaghetti Westerns and Asian Cinema: Perspectives on Global Cultural Flows
Spaghetti Westerns at the Crossroads

Ivo Ritzer

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter aims to undertake a consideration of Italian Westerns from the perspective of theories of cultural globalization, emphasising the fact that Italian Westerns never were exclusively an Italian product. It takes the Italian Western's iterative negotiation with Asian identities as a case study to chart multidimensional routes of cultural transfer. Deploying scholarly approaches around the ‘transnational’, it frames the Italian Western as a junction in a global network of cultural exchange, both borrowing from and influencing Asian cinematic discourses. Using The Warrior's Way (Sngmoo Lee, 2010) as a key example, the chapter considers the Italian Western's most significant legacy as its decoupling of the Western from its ideological and historical reference points, freeing the format up for myriad, heterogeneous cultural contexts.

Keywords:   Italian Western, Asian identity, cultural transfer, Spaghetti Western, cultural globalization

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