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The book of westerns /
edited by Ian Cameron and Douglas Pye.
New York : Continuum, 1996.
320 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
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New York : Continuum, 1996.
general note
"A movie book"--T.p. verso.
Simultaneously "published in Great Britain as the Movie book of the western"--T.p. verso.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references (p. 8) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-10-01:
After a decade of neglect, the Western is provoking renewed interest. Following Richard Slotkin's Gunfighter Nation (CH, May'93), Cameron and Pye's book undertakes another significant reconsideration of the genre. The 29 essays, 22 of them new, from a distinguished collection of 22 critics (mostly British and Canadian) range over films from the 1930s to the 1990s. The editors manage a nice mix of pieces, considering familiar films--works of Ford, Hawks, Peckinpah--and films seldom discussed--Rancho Notorious (1952), Dodge City (1939), Pursued (1947), the films of Budd Boetticher and Delmer Daves. Various essays in the collection reconsider issues of race, gender, and class in the Western, but the general attitude of the volume is articulated by Pye in his introductory essay when he quotes Andrew Britton to the effect that there is nothing inherently radical or conservative about any genre, including the Western. Perhaps more could be made here of the British and Canadian perspective that most of the critics share, but that is a minor quibble. Notes and a complete bibliography would have been useful. Recommended for all academic collections. K. S. Nolley Willamette University
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Choice, October 1996
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Table of Contents
Forewordp. 7
Referencesp. 8
Introduction: Criticism and the Westernp. 9
Country Music and the 1939 Western: From Hillbillies to Cowboysp. 22
A Better Sense of History: John Ford and the Indiansp. 34
Why Do Cowboys Wear Hats in the Bath? Style Politics for the Older Manp. 50
Social Class and the Western as Male Melodramap. 63
John Wayne's Bodyp. 75
The Dietrich Westerns: Destry Rides Again and Rancho Notoriousp. 88
Method Westerns: The Left-Handed Gun and One-Eyed Jacksp. 99
Genre and History: Fort Apache and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valancep. 111
The Westerns of Delmer Davesp. 123
A Time and a Place: Budd Boetticher and the Westernp. 161
The Collapse of Fantasy: Masculinity in the Western of Anthony Mannp. 167
Drums Along the Mohawkp. 174
Dodge Cityp. 181
Duel in the Sunp. 189
Notes on Pursuedp. 196
Westward the Women: Feminising the Wildernessp. 206
Shane Through Five Decadesp. 214
Johnny Guitarp. 221
Double Vision: Miscegenation and Point of View in The Searchersp. 229
Heller in Pink Tightsp. 236
Not With a Bang: The End of the West in Lonely Are the Brave, The Misfits and Hudp. 241
How the West Was Won: History, Spectacle and the American Mountainsp. 255
Ulzana's Raidp. 262
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kidp. 269
Class Frontiers: The View from Heaven's Gatep. 277
Dances with Wolvesp. 284
Unforgivenp. 294
Four Tombstones 1946-1994p. 302
Indexp. 312
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