Exploding the Western

Exploding the Western

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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 qmythicq 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 Bronco has been rechristened the Explorer, oining Nissana#39;s Pathfinder, Chevroleta#39;s Blazer, Dodgea#39;s Ram and Dakota, Ieepa#39;s Wrangler ... In fact, a recent Harris poll notes that Iohn Wayne was the a€œNumber One Movie Star in Americaa€ as recently as 1995, years after his ... in part because, as Dean MacCannell notes, icons mark a gap or attempt to cover a problem the symbolic order does not solve.

Title:Exploding the Western
Author:Sara L. Spurgeon
Publisher:Texas A&M University Press - 2005


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