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;

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.

Sixguns 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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From the Preface: The purpose of this book is to explain the Western's popularity. While the Western itself may seem simple (it isn't quite), an explanation of its popularity cannot be; for the Western, like any myth, stands between individual human consciousness and society. If a myth is popular, it must somehow appeal to or reinforce the individuals who view it by communicating a symbolic meaning to them. This meaning must, in turn, reflect the particular social institutions and attitudes that have created and continue to nourish the myth. Thus, a myth must tell its viewers about themselves and their society. This study, which takes up the question of the Western as an American myth, will lead us into abstract structural theory as well as economic and political history. Mostly, however, it will take us into the movies, the spectacular and not-so-spectacular sagebrush of the cinema. Unlike most works of social science, the data on which my analysis is based is available to all of my readers, either at the local theater or, more likely, on the late, late show. I hope you will take the opportunity, whenever it is offered, to check my findings and test my interpretations; the effort is small and the rewards are many. And if your wife, husband, mother, or child asks you why you are wasting your time staring at Westerns on TV in the middle of the night, tell them firmly—as I often did—that you are doing research in social science.

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.

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.

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 Myth of Political Correctness

The Conservative Attack on Higher Education
Author: John K. Wilson
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822317135
Category: Political Science
Page: 205
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The classics of Western culture are out, not being taught, replaced by second-rate and Third World texts. White males are a victimized minority on campuses across the country, thanks to affirmative action. Speech codes have silenced anyone who won't toe the liberal line. Feminists, wielding their brand of sexual correctness, have taken over. These are among the prevalent myths about higher education that John K. Wilson explodes. The phrase "political correctness" is on everyone's lips, on radio and television, and in newspapers and magazines. The phenomenon itself, however, has been deceptively described. Wilson steps into the nation's favorite cultural fray to reveal that many of the most widely publicized anecdotes about PC are in fact more myth than reality. Based on his own experience as a student and in-depth research, he shows what's really going on beneath the hysteria and alarmism about political correctness and finds that the most disturbing examples of thought policing on campus have come from the right. The image of the college campus as a gulag of left-wing totalitarianism is false, argues Wilson, created largely through the exaggeration of deceptive stories by conservatives who hypocritically seek to silence their political opponents. Many of today's most controversial topics are here: multiculturalism, reverse discrimination, speech codes, date rape, and sexual harassment. So are the well-recognized protagonists in the debate: Dinesh D'Souza, William Bennett, and Lynne Cheney, among others. In lively fashion and in meticulous detail, Wilson compares fact to fiction and lays one myth after another to rest, revealing the double standard that allows "conservative correctness" on college campuses to go unchallenged.

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.

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 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 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?

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 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.

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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Mythology of the People of Sikkim


Author: J. R. Subba
Publisher: Gyan Publishing House
ISBN: 9788121210232
Category: Folklore
Page: 453
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Mythology is a miscellaneous collection of old tales and legends which embraces all of what we now call religion, science and philosophy (natural moral and metaphysical). The Myths are the spiritual instructions of our forefathers. The mythical stories are not entertainment stories or folk-tales; because they can be told only at certain times of the year and under certain conditions. The belief systems of all the 14 (fourteen) mountain tribes and races of Sikkim were sandwiched between the faith of Buddhism from the north and Hinduism from the west in the beginning; and then Christianity from the south mainly during the chiefdom periods of Sikkim (1642-1975 A.D.) and Nepal (1769-2008 A.D.); affecting their indigenous belief systems tremendously. Today, the different tribes and races of Sikkim have awakened not against anybody else but themselves from within and have started rediscovering their own belief systems and traditions. Many of these hill tribes or races have adopted many well developed religions of the world with insignificant traces of their own within it. This book is an attempt to collect the valuable information of these lesser known oriental Belief System or Religion and Mythologies of the different ethnic mountain people of Sikkim for the first time for further research and development.

Cultural Theory and Popular Culture

A Reader
Author: John Storey
Publisher: Pearson Education
ISBN: 9780131970694
Category: Culture
Page: 657
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This reader in Cultural Theory and Popular Culture is a companion volume to An Introduction to Cultural Theory and Popular Culture, now in its 4th edition (2006). The Reader offers students the opportunity to experience at first hand the theorists and critics discussed in An Introduction. It can be used both in conjunction with and independently of the textbook. Taken as a whole, the reader provides a theoretical, analytical and historical introduction to the study of popular culture and provides key primary coverage of fundamental issues to cultural studies today.

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.

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 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.

American Foundational Myths


Author: Martin Heusser,Gudrun Grabher
Publisher: Gunter Narr Verlag
ISBN: 9783823346890
Category: Constitutional history
Page: 224
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