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The Contemporary Western: An American Genre Post 9/11

John White


The September 11th attacks in 2001 and the subsequent ‘War on Terror’ have had a profound effect on American cinema, and the contemporary Western reflects this situation. This book explores the various ways in which recent Westerns – Open Range (2003), The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005), The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), True Grit (2010), Django Unchained (2012), The Lone Ranger (2013), The Revenant (2015), and Jane Got a Gun (2016) – reinforce a conservative myth of America exceptionalism. As a whole, the films are seen to endorse the use of extrem ... More

Keywords: ‘September 11, 2001’, ‘post-9/11’, ‘contemporary Western’, ‘War on Terror’, ‘exceptionalism’, ‘homeland’, ‘civilised values’, ‘Western hero’

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474427920
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474427920.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John White, author
Anglia Ruskin University