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The philosophy of the western / edited by Jennifer L. McMahon and B. Steve Csaki.

McMahon, Jennifer L. (Added Author). Csaki, B. Steve. (Added Author).
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  • ISBN: 9780813173856 (electronic bk.)
  • ISBN: 081317385X (electronic bk.)
  • ISBN: 9780813139661 (electronic bk.)
  • ISBN: 081313966X (electronic bk.)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (368 pages).
  • Publisher: Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, [2010]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
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.
Summary, etc.:
The western is arguably the most iconic and influential genre in American cinema. The solitude of the lone rider, the loyalty of his horse, and the unspoken code of the West render the genre popular yet lead it to offer a view of America's history that is sometimes inaccurate. For many, the western embodies America and its values. In recent years, scholars had declared the western genre dead, but a steady resurgence of western themes in literature, film, and television has reestablished the genre as one of the most important. In The Philosophy of the Western, editors Jennifer L. McMahon and B.
Source of Description Note:
Description based on print version record.
Subject: Western films > History and criticism.
PERFORMING ARTS > Film& Video > General.
Genre: Electronic books.

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