Chapter 22. The Popular Western

  1. John T. Matthews Professor
  1. William R. Handley Associate Professor

Published Online: 5 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310726.ch22

A Companion to the Modern American Novel 1900-1950

A Companion to the Modern American Novel 1900-1950

How to Cite

Handley, W. R. (2009) The Popular Western, in A Companion to the Modern American Novel 1900-1950 (ed J. T. Matthews), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310726.ch22

Editor Information

  1. Boston University, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Southern California, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 MAY 2009
  2. Published Print: 3 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631206873

Online ISBN: 9781444310726

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Keywords:

  • popular western;
  • slogan - “Dead or Alive”;
  • nation's development - “frontier” - between wilderness (read savagery)and civilization;
  • prolonged midlife crisis of disillusionment, self-deception, and bad faith;
  • ideological import of westerns;
  • Malaeska: The Indian Wife of the White Hunter - first Beadle and Adams dime novel;
  • conflict between cattlemen and homesteaders, marking shift in frontier and postfrontier economies

Summary

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  • References and Further Reading