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The philosophy of the western

Author: Jennifer L McMahon; B Steve Csaki
Publisher: Lexington : The University Press of Kentucky, [2010] ©2010
Series: Philosophy of popular culture.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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There are few genres that capture the hearts of their audiences like the Western. While they are not always true to it, Westerns are tied to, and expressive of, the history of the United States. As such, they serve both to reflect and inform the American psyche. Indeed, the Western is arguably the most iconic and influential genre in American cinema. Through characters like Shane and William Munny, it continues to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Philosophy of the western.
Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, ©2010
(DLC) 2010007780
(OCoLC)460059266
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer L McMahon; B Steve Csaki
ISBN: 9780813173856 081317385X 9780813139661 081313966X
OCLC Number: 697175233
Description: 1 online resource (368 pages).
Contents: 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 / 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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