26. Post-Western Cinema

  1. Nicolas S. Witschi
  1. Neil Campbell

Published Online: 27 MAY 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444396591.ch26

A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West

A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West

How to Cite

Campbell, N. (2011) Post-Western Cinema, in A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West (ed N. S. Witschi), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444396591.ch26

Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Derby, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 MAY 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187336

Online ISBN: 9781444396591

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Keywords:

  • post-western cinema - dead westerns;
  • Jim Kitses, introduction to The Western Reader - “Someone is always trying to bury the Western”;
  • Michel de Certeau's The Writing of History - arguing, that history, constructs a usable past by asserting “progress”;
  • post-western, existing - its complex, unstable relations with cinematic past;
  • post-westerns, reflecting upon inherited tropes - interrogating their afterlife;
  • Bad Day at Black Rock, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, Lone Star, or Silver City - something surging back and into the world again, the dead return;
  • Derrida saying, in Ken McMullen's 1983 film Ghost Dance - “The cinema is the art of ghosts, a battle of phantoms”;
  • “The ‘Western’ in Quotes” - iconography of the western's regionalist form, images, and generic parameters;
  • Bad Day at Black Rock: “A politics of memory, of inheritance and of generations” - awareness of the genre's significance and its visceral relationship with the American people

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Dead Westerns

  • “The ‘Western’ in Quotes”

  • Theorizing the Post - Western

  • Bad Day at Black Rock: “A politics of memory, of inheritance, and of generations”

  • References and Further Reading