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Westerns: Paperback Novels and Movies from Hollywood

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Westerns: Paperback Novels and Movies from Hollywood

Edited By Paul Varner

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Publisher’s Note

Whatever we might think of them, popular Westerns, both movies and cheap paperbacks on the newsstand racks, have had a powerful impact on both U.S. culture and Western European culture in general. Collected here are new studies from a variety of critical approaches of popular Westerns by scholars from the U.S., the U.K., and Europe, new studies of classic William S. Hart, John Ford, Clint Eastwood, and Sam Peckinpah film Westerns as well as new studies of seldom studied writers such as James Warner Bellah, Clarence Mulford, Charles Portis, and Oakley Hall.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 235 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing; 1st Unabridged edition (December 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847183859
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847183859


Table of Contents

Introduction…………………………………………………………………… 1

By Paul Varner

Part I: Movies from Hollywood

Chapter One   6

William S. Hart’s Hell’s Hinges in the Progressive Era

By Richard Hutson


Chapter Two  26

“Towards the Setting Sun”: Open Endings in Stagecoach

and The Pioneers

By Tom Paulus


Chapter Three 44

The Cowboy in the Shadows in John Ford’s My Darling Clementine

By Dennis Rothermel


Chapter Four  71

Dale Evans: Girlie-Girl With a Six-Gun

By Wendy Galgan


Chapter Five   84

Fighting “Reds” On Screen and Off: Reagan as Cowboy

turned Cold-War Politician in Cattle Queen of Montana

By Brianna R. Burke


Chapter Six     104

Death with Dignity: Comitatus in Sam Peckinpah’s “New Western”

By Stephen Weathers

Chapter Seven 113

To Avenge or not to Avenge: Violence, Vengeance, and Vigilantism

in Clint Eastwood’s Westerns and in Mystic River

By Len Engel


Chapter Eight  126

Lone Star: Forget the Alamo

By John M. Gourlie


Chapter Nine  137

Sonnet Subtexts and Palatable Stories: Gay Cowboys

and the Heterotopian Frontier of Modern-Classic Westerns

By Christopher Le Coney and Zoe Trodd


Part II: Paperback Westerns and Movies from Hollywood


Chapter Ten    158

Hopalong Cassidy (1910): A Novel That Defined the American Cowboy

By Paul Varner


Chapter Eleven           170

The Politics of Reconciliation in John Ford’s Cavalry Trilogy:

Adapting James Warner Bellah’s Short Stories

By Brett Westbrook and Kathleen A. Brown


Chapter Twelve          191

Time and Space in the Western: Warlock as Novel and Film

By Robert Murray Davis


Chapter Thirteen        198

The Western Goes Dutch: Catholic Cowboys, Civilized Indians,

and a Miniaturized West in the Arendsoog Series

By Evert Jan van Leeuwen


Chapter Fourteen        214

The Countercultural Cowboy: Rereading the 1960s novels of Doctorow, Herlihy, and Portis in a Marcusian Framework

By David Simmons



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