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International Westerns: Re-Locating the Frontier Hardcover – 1 Jan 2014


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While most Americans probably think that the western movie genre is unique to the United States, in fact there are many countries that celebrate this genre, including Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Latin America. This book presents 20 chapters organized into 5 subject-specific parts that look at the contributions other countries have made to the western film, how those films were received in their native country, and insight into how they challenge or support the image of the American western. Written by an international team of contributors this book looks at westerns that have come from France (The Adventures of Lucky Joe), Brazil (O Cangaceiro), Eastern Europe (Lemonade Joe), and Asia (Sukiyaki Western Django), among others. The chapters include black-and-white photographs and all end with notes and a bibliography. This book will mainly be of interest to film scholars. American Reference Books Annual The book is a revelation to anyone wanting to explore the westerns beyond the frontiers of the American/Hollywood interpretation. Most Hollywood westerns appeared to have been set in the 1870s in a country recovering from civil war but these aforementioned films from further afield broadens the horizons as well as the landscapes while also broadening a political agenda...[This] is a very scholarly approached book with a few illustrations running throughout and a striking cover that at its center tries to get to the heart of the 'other' westerns. Filmwerk This extremely rich collection of essays shows not only how the mythology of the American West has made its mark on cultures around the world, but also how the western genre has been transformed through its encounter with different cultural meanings. I was amazed and fascinated by the diversity of influences and adaptations of western themes analyzed by the various contributors. These essays not only provide important new insights into the history of the western genre, but an exemplary analysis of different patterns of internationalization in the development of popular culture. -- John G. Cawelti, author of The Six-Gun Mystique

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Cynthia J. Miller is the editor of Too Bold for the Box Office: The Mockumentary from Big Screen to Small (Scarecrow, 2012) and coeditor, with Julie Anne Taddeo, of the award-winning Steaming into a Victorian Future: A Steampunk Anthology (Scarecrow, 2012). Miller is editor of the Film and History series for Rowman & Littlefield. A. Bowdoin Van Riper is the editor of Learning from Mickey, Donald and Walt: Essays on Disney's Edutainment Films (2011) and author of A Biographical Encyclopedia of Scientists and Inventors in American Film and TV since 1930 (Scarecrow, 2011). He is editor of the Science Fiction Television series for Rowman & Littlefield. Together, they are the editors of 1950s Rocketman TV Series and Their Fans: Cadets, Rangers, and Junior Space Men (2012), Undead in the West: Vampires, Zombies, Mummies, and Ghosts on the Cinematic Frontier (Scarecrow, 2012), and Undead in the West II: They Just Keep Coming (Scarecrow, 2013).

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