FLM 270 The Western: Imagining Identity

As a genre, the Western was born in America, and been considered a particularly American kind of mythology—stories that are a potent mix of landscape, violence, and justice, and featuring stark negotiations of alliances and hostilities based on gender, race, class, and sexuality.  In this course we will explore a variety of Western stories in history, literature and film, both early and revisionist engagements with the genre, and consider the Western as a space of both national mythmaking and a space where those narratives can be challenged and re-written.



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