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Cowboy politics : myths and discourses in popular westerns from the Virginian to Unforgiven and Deadwood

Author: John S Nelson
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Lexington Books, [2018]
Series: Politics, literature, & film.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Cowboy Politics uses key works of literature, film, and television to explore how westerns address political challenges of Western civilization. This book tracks how westerns supplement liberal  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Nelson, John S., 1950-
Cowboy politics.
Lanham : Lexington Books, [2017]
(DLC) 2017047396
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John S Nelson
ISBN: 9781498549479 1498549470
OCLC Number: 1002118122
Description: xii, 399 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: "The signs in this book spoke to him": the western craft of culture and convention --
"The stories of the West are many": the western craft of dream and daring --
"Strike first and then give tongue": the western culture of honor and anger --
"Without law, man becomes a beast": the western culture of rationality and sovereignty --
"The cowboy represents that independent spirit": the western culture of individuals and nations --
"Live with honor and [leave] our mark": the western culture of honor and character --
"What's he going to get out of this?": the western culture of interest and character --
"Why had he waited so long to speak?": the western craft of pride and performance --
"A track is not only marks upon the earth": the western craft of faces and traces --
"It's not revenge he's after; it's a reckoning": the western culture of fear and terror --
"Accurate description [with] poetry to the language": the western craft of myth and symbol --
"A show had to be real and yet not real": the western craft of celebrity and spectacle --
"Revenge broke it, and disease": the western craft of forgiving and forgetting --
"Tell him something pretty": the western craft of word and deed --
"In whose keeping would the horse have been?": the western culture of horizons and responsibilities.
Series Title: Politics, literature, & film.
Responsibility: John S. Nelson.

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