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The philosophy of the western

Author: Jennifer L McMahon; B Steve Csaki
Publisher: Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, ©2010.
Series: Philosophy of popular culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"'The Philosophy of the Western' features a variety of essays that consider the philosophical significance of westerns. From classic films such as Fort Apache (1948) and The Wild Bunch (1969) to contemporary films and TV shows such as 3:10 to Yuma (2007), and Deadwood (2004-2006), 'The Philosophy of the Western' uses ancient and modern philosophical frameworks to analyze the underlying themes of the genre."--Jacket.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer L McMahon; B Steve Csaki
ISBN: 9780813125916 081312591X
OCLC Number: 460059266
Description: 368 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : Philosophy and the western / Jennifer L. McMahon and B. Steve Csaki --
pt. 1. The cowboy way : the essence of the western hero --
"Do not forsake me, oh, my darling" : loneliness and solitude in westerns / Shai Biderman --
Civilization and its discontents : the self-sufficient western hero / Douglas J. Den Uyl --
Mommas, don't let your babies grow up to be pragmatists / B. Steve Csaki --
Two ways to Yuma : Locke, liberalism, and western masculinity in 3:10 to Yuma / Stephen J. Mexal --
Landscapes of gendered violence : male love and anxiety on the railroad / Lindsey Collins --
pt. 2. The code of the West : the cowboy and society --
"Order out of the mud" : Deadwood and the state of nature / Paul A. Cantor --
Order without law : The Magnificent Seven, East and West / Aeon J. Skoble --
From dollars to iron : the currency of Clint Eastwood's westerns / David L. McNaron --
The duty of reason : Kantian ethics in High Noon / Daw-Nay Evans --
pt. 3. Outlaws : challenging conventions of the western --
The cost of the code : ethical consequences in High Noon and the Ox-Bow Incident / Ken Hada --
"Back off to what?" The search for meaning in The Wild Bunch / Richard Gaughran --
No Country for Old Men : the decline of ethics and the west(ern) / William J. Devlin --
The northwestern : McCabe and Mrs. Miller / Deborah Knight and George McKnight --
pt. 4. On the fringe : the encounter with the other --
Savage nations : Native Americans and the western / Michael Valdez Moses --
Regeneration through stories and song : the view from the other side of the west in Smoke Signals / Richard Gilmore --
Go west, young woman! Hegel's dialectic and women's identities in western films / Gary Heba and Robin Murphy --
Beating a live horse : the elevation and degradation of horses in westerns / Jennifer L. McMahon.
Series Title: Philosophy of popular culture.
Responsibility: edited by Jennifer L. McMahon and B. Steve Csaki.

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An examination of philosophical themes in the western genre. Investigating nature, ethics, identity, gender, environmentalism, and animal rights, the essays draw from a wide range of films, including  Read more...

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--Anyone interested in the mythic grip that Westerns have had and continue to have on the American imaginary will no doubt find something of interest in this collection.--- Great Plains Quarterly- -- Read more...

 
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