Myth of the Western

New Perspectives on Hollywood's Frontier Narrative
Author: Matthew Carter
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748685588
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 246
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Myth of the Western re-invigorates the debate surrounding the relationship between the Western and frontier mythology, arguing for the importance of the genre's socio-cultural, historical and political dimensions.

Myth of the Western

New Perspectives on Hollywood's Frontier Narrative
Author: Matthew (University of Essex University of Essex.) Carter
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748685596
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 257
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Myth of the Western re-invigorates the debate surrounding the relationship between the Western and frontier mythology, arguing for the importance of the genreOCOs socio-cultural, historical and political dimensions."e;

Six Guns and Society

A Structural Study of the Western
Author: Will Wright
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520034914
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 217
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Exploding the Western

Myths of Empire on the Postmodern Frontier
Author: Sara L. Spurgeon
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
ISBN: 1603445927
Category: History
Page: 168
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The frontier is the place where cultures meet and rewrite themselves upon each other's texts, making it a setting that many writers and readers of fiction are drawn to. Here Spurgeon focuses on three writers, Cormac McCarthy, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Ana Castillo, whose works not only exemplify the kind of engagement with the theme of the frontier that modern authors make, but also show the range of cultural voices that are present in Southwestern literature. She considers how the differing versions of the Western "mythic" tales are being recast in a globalized world and examines the ways in which they challenge and accommodate increasingly fluid and even dangerous racial, cultural, and international borders.

The Western Codification of Criminal Law

A Revision of the Myth of its Predominant French Influence
Author: Aniceto Masferrer
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319719122
Category: Law
Page: 427
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This volume addresses an important historiographical gap by assessing the respective contributions of tradition and foreign influences to the 19th century codification of criminal law. More specifically, it focuses on the extent of French influence – among others – in European and American civil law jurisdictions. In this regard, the book seeks to dispel a number of myths concerning the French model’s actual influence on European and Latin American criminal codes. The impact of the Napoleonic criminal code on other jurisdictions was real, but the scope and extent of its influence were significantly less than has sometimes been claimed. The overemphasis on French influence on other civil law jurisdictions is partly due to a fundamental assumption that modern criminal codes constituted a break with the past. The question as to whether they truly broke with the past or were merely a degree of reform touches on a difficult issue, namely, the dichotomy between tradition and foreign influences in the codification of criminal law. Scholarship has unfairly ignored this important subject, an oversight that this book remedies.

American Hero-Myths: a Study in the Native Religions of the Western Continent


Author: Daniel Garrison Brinton
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
ISBN: 1465504184
Category:
Page: 251
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Greek Myth and Western Art

The Presence of the Past
Author: Karl Kilinski
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107013321
Category: Art
Page: 281
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This richly illustrated book examines the legacy of Greek mythology in Western art from the classical era to the present. Tracing the emergence, survival, and transformation of key mythological figures and motifs from ancient Greece through the modern era, it explores the enduring importance of such myths for artists and viewers in their own time and over the millennia that followed.

The Western Landscape in Cormac McCarthy and Wallace Stegner

Myths of the Frontier
Author: Megan Riley McGilchrist
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415808049
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 264
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The western American landscape has always had great significance in American thinking, requiring an unlikely union between frontier mythology and the reality of a fragile western environment. Additionally it has borne the burden of being a gendered space, seen by some as the traditional "virgin land" of the explorers and pioneers, subject to masculine desires, and by others as a masculine space in which the feminine is neither desired nor appreciated. Both Wallace Stegner and Cormac McCarthy focus on this landscape and environment; its spiritual, narrative, symbolic, imaginative, and ideological force is central to their work. In this study, McGilchrist shows how their various treatments of these issues relate to the social climates (pre- and post-Vietnam era) in which they were written, and how despite historical discontinuities, both Stegner and McCarthy reveal a similar unease about the effects of the myth of the frontier on American thought and life. The gendering of the landscape is revealed as indicative of the attempts to deny the failure of the myth, and to force the often numinous western landscape into parameters which will never contain it. Stegner's pre-Vietnam sensibility allows the natural world to emerge tentatively triumphant from the ruins of frontier mythology, whereas McCarthy's conclusions suggest a darker future for the West in particular and America in general. However, McGilchrist suggests that the conclusion of McCarthy's Border Trilogy, upon which her arguments regarding McCarthy are largely based, offers a gleam of hope in its final conclusion of acceptance of the feminine.

The Western Construction of Religion

Myths, Knowledge, and Ideology
Author: Daniel Dubuisson
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801873201
Category: Religion
Page: 244
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Anthropologist and historian of religion Daniel Dubuisson contests Mircea Eliade's theory of the existence of a universal Homo Religiosus and argues that "religion" as a discrete concept is a Western construct, an invention of nineteenth-century scholars who created it as a field of scientific study. The Western Construction of Religion not only provides a critical assessment of the whole history of "religion" as it is understood in the West but also offers better ways of studying this central part of human experience.

Biblical and Classical Myths

The Mythological Framework of Western Culture
Author: Northrop Frye,Jay Macpherson
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9780802086952
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 471
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Combines a 1981-82 series of twenty-four lectures by Canadian literary critic Northrop Frye and Canadian poet and classicist Jay Macpherson's "Four Ages: the Classical Myths" published in 1962.

Gunfighter Nation

The Myth of the Frontier in Twentieth-century America
Author: Richard Slotkin
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN: 9780806130316
Category: History
Page: 850
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Examines the ways in which the frontier myth influences American culture and politics, drawing on fiction, western films, and political writing

The American West

The Invention of a Myth
Author: David Hamilton Murdoch
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
ISBN: 9780874173697
Category: History
Page: 136
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"The American West answers the questions that have too often been either begged or ignored. Why should the West become the focus for myth in the first place, and why, given the long process of western settlement, is the cattleman's West so central and the cowboy, of all prototypes, the mythic hero? And why should the myth have retained its potency up to the last decade of the twentieth century?"--BOOK JACKET.

The Myth of Political Correctness

The Conservative Attack on Higher Education
Author: John K. Wilson
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822317135
Category: Education
Page: 205
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Book on political correctness.

The Psychology of the Western

How the American Psyche Plays Out on Screen
Author: William Indick
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786434600
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 223
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Western films are often considered sprawling reflections of the American spirit. This book analyzes the archetypes, themes, and figures within the mythology of the western frontier. Western themes are interpreted as expressions of cultural needs that perform specific psychological functions for the audience. Chapters are devoted to the frontier hero character, the roles of women and Native Americans, and the work of the genre's most prolific directors, Anthony Mann and John Ford. The book includes a filmography and movie stills.

The Myth of the American Superhero


Author: John Shelton Lawrence,Robert Jewett
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802849113
Category: Social Science
Page: 416
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From the Superman of comic books to Hollywood's big-screen action stars, Americans have long enjoyed a love affair with the superhero. In this engaging volume John Shelton Lawrence and Robert Jewett explore the historical and spiritual roots of the superhero myth and its deleterious effect on Americas democratic vision. Arguing that the superhero is the antidemocratic counterpart of the classical monomyth described by Joseph Campbell, the authors show that the American version of the monomyth derives from tales of redemption. In settings where institutions and elected leaders always fail, the American monomyth offers heroes who combine elements of the selfless servant with the lone, zealous crusader who destroys evil. Taking the law into their own hands, these unelected figures assume total power to rid the community of its enemies, thus comprising a distinctively American form of pop fascism. Drawing widely from books, films, TV programs, video games, and places of superhero worship on the World Wide Web, the authors trace the development of the American superhero during the twentieth century and expose the mythic patterns behind the most successful elements of pop culture. Lawrence and Jewett challenge readers to reconsider the relationship of this myth to traditional religious and social values, and they show how, ultimately, these antidemocratic narratives gain the spiritual loyalties of their audiences, in the process inviting them to join in crusades against evil. Finally, the authors pose this provocative question: Can we take a holiday from democracy in our lives of fantasy and entertainment while preserving our commitment to democratic institutions and waysof life?

Western Places, American Myths

How We Think about the West
Author: Gary J. Hausladen
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
ISBN: 9780874176629
Category: History
Page: 343
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Twelve scholars from different disciplines consider popular perceptions about the American West in order to interpret the region's geography as well as its enduring element as a part of American culture. Reprint.

The Language Myth in Western Culture


Author: Roy Harris
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136751467
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 228
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The basic claim of this book is that for 2000 years and more the western tradition has relied on two very dubious assumptions about human communication: that each national language is a unique code and that linguistic communication consists in the utilization of such codes to transfer messages from mind to mind.

The Eastern Origins of Western Civilisation


Author: John M. Hobson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521547246
Category: History
Page: 376
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This book challenges the ethnocentric bias of mainstream accounts of the 'Rise of the West'. John Hobson argues that these accounts assume that Europeans have pioneered their own development, and that the East has been a passive by-stander. In contrast Hobson describes the rise of what he calls the 'Oriental West'. He argues that Europe first assimilated many Eastern inventions, and then appropriated Eastern resources through imperialism. Hobson's book thus propels the hitherto marginalised Eastern peoples to the forefront of the story of progressive world history.

The Myth of Religious Violence

Secular Ideology and the Roots of Modern Conflict
Author: William T Cavanaugh
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199736645
Category: Religion
Page: 296
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The idea that religion has a dangerous tendency to promote violence is part of the conventional wisdom of Western societies, and it underlies many of our institutions and policies, from limits on the public role of religion to efforts to promote liberal democracy in the Middle East. William T. Cavanaugh challenges this conventional wisdom by examining how the twin categories of religion and the secular are constructed. A growing body of scholarly work explores how the category 'religion' has been constructed in the modern West and in colonial contexts according to specific configurations of political power. Cavanaugh draws on this scholarship to examine how timeless and transcultural categories of 'religion and 'the secular' are used in arguments that religion causes violence. He argues three points: 1) There is no transhistorical and transcultural essence of religion. What counts as religious or secular in any given context is a function of political configurations of power; 2) Such a transhistorical and transcultural concept of religion as non-rational and prone to violence is one of the foundational legitimating myths of Western society; 3) This myth can be and is used to legitimate neo-colonial violence against non-Western others, particularly the Muslim world.

The Six-gun Mystique Sequel


Author: John G. Cawelti
Publisher: Popular Press
ISBN: 9780879727857
Category: Art
Page: 215
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The Six-Gun Mystique Sequel is a revised and considerably expanded edition of The Six-Gun Mystique, a pioneering study of the Western as a popular genre that has been widely influential since its original publication in 1970.