Post-Westerns: Cinema, Region, West (Postwestern Horizons)

By: Campbell, Neil

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During the post-World War II period, the Western, like America's other great film genres, appeared to collapse as a result of revisionism and the emergence of new forms. Perhaps, however, as theorists like Gilles Deleuze suggest, it remains, simply "maintaining its empty frame." Yet this frame is far from empty, as "Post-Westerns" shows us: rather than collapse, the Western instead found a new form through which to scrutinize and question the very assumptions on which the genre was based. Employing the ideas of critics such as Deleuze, Jacques Derrida, and Jacques Ranciere, Neil Campbell examines the haunted inheritance of the Western in contemporary U.S. culture. His book reveals how close examination of certain postwar films--including "Bad Day at Black Rock," "The Misfits," "Lone Star," "Easy Rider," "Gas Food Lodging," "Down in the Valley," and "No Country for Old Men"--reconfigures our notions of region and nation, the Western, and indeed the West itself.

Campbell suggests that post-Westerns are in fact "ghost-Westerns," haunted by the earlier form's devices and styles in ways that at once acknowledge and call into question the West, both as such and in its persistent ideological framing of the national identity and values.

Title: Post-Westerns: Cinema, Region, West (Postwestern Horizons)

Author Name: Campbell, Neil

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Publisher: University of Nebraska Press:

ISBN Number: 0803234767

ISBN Number 13: 9780803234765

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: Z0803234767Z2

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