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John White
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25 Nov 2010 Routledge Film Guidebooks

It is a common assertion that the history of America is written in its Westerns, but how true is this?

In this guidebook John White discusses the evolution of the Western through history and looks at theoretical and critical approaches to Westerns such as genre analysis, semiotics, representation, ideology, discourse analysis, narrative, realism, auteur and star theory, psychoanalytical theory, postmodernism and audience response. The book includes case studies of 8 key westerns:

  • Stagecoach
  • My Darling Clementine
  • Shane
  • The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
  • McCabe and Mrs Miller
  • Unforgiven
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Including a chronology of significant events for the Western genre, a glossary and further reading, this introduction to an important genre in film studies is a great guide for students.


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (25 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415558131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415558136
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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John White is Lecturer in Film and Media at Anglia Ruskin University. He is co-author of AS Film Studies: The Essential Introduction (2nd edition, 2008) and A2 Film Studies: The Essential Introduction (2nd edition, 2009)  and co-editor of 50 Key British Films (2008) and 50 Key American Films (2009).


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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Useful Book 26 July 2013
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The selections here are very well thought out and the commentaries are really useful. Scholarly and yet accessible to anyone interested in the genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 29 April 2013
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Westerns (Routledge Film Guidebooks) The students are find this a really useful reference guide for film studies and has generated a new interest in Westerns as a film medium.
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