Chapter 3. The Western

  1. David Seed Professor
  1. Neil Campbell Professor Senior Research Fellow

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch3

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

How to Cite

Campbell, N. (2009) The Western, in A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction (ed D. Seed), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch3

Editor Information

  1. University of Liverpool, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Derby, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146913

Online ISBN: 9781444310108

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Keywords:

  • The Western;
  • John Cawelti's The Six-Gun Mystique (1984) - Western as “foundation ritual”;
  • The Western - dramatizing conflicting desires, tensions, and struggles;
  • The Virginian (1902), Wister's code of the West;
  • Wister's noble cowboy associated with chivalric traditions of the Old World;
  • “The Evolution of the Cowpuncher” (1895);
  • The Virginian - Western's key tensions between mobility and settlement;
  • New Western History in 1980s - dismissive of contribution fiction;
  • Dorothy M. Johnson, the West as space of legends, tall tales, and performance;
  • the Western - signaling destruction and ecological change

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading