Cowboy Courage

Westerns and the Portrayal of Bravery


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About the Book

Film and television Westerns are most often associated with physical bravery. However, many—especially those produced during the “Golden Age” of Westerns from the late 1940s through the early 1960s—also demonstrate moral bravery (the willingness to do the right thing even when met with others’ disapproval) and psychological bravery (the ability to overcome one’s fear and inner conflict to bring out the best in oneself and others).
Through a close examination of Westerns displaying all three types of bravery, the author shows us how courage can lead to, and even enrich, other virtues like redemption, authenticity, love, friendship, allegiance to one’s community, justice, temperance, and growing up and growing old successfully.

About the Author(s)

William Hampes was a professor of psychology for 38 years at St. Michael’s College, Louisiana State University at Eunice, and Black Hawk College, where he is now professor emeritus of psychology and sociology. He has published articles in academic journals in the area of the psychology of humor, as well as travel articles for the Moline Dispatch and Midwest Streams and Trails. He lives in East Moline, Illinois.

Bibliographic Details

William Hampes
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 210
Bibliographic Info: 16 photos, filmography, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7606-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3523-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Preface 1
Introduction 3
1. The Quality of Courage 9
2. Redemption 18
3. Love, Friendship and Bonds to the Community 50
4. Justice 70
5. Temperance 92
6. Growing Up and Growing Old 105
7. Being Authentic 120
8. The Revisionist Western 142
9. Lonesome Dove 159
Conclusion 164
Filmography 167
Bibliography 193
Index 195