Ride the Frontier

Exploring the Myth of the American West on Screen

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About the Book

With fresh appraisals of popular Westerns, this book examines the history of the genre with a focus on definitional aspects of canon, adaptation and hybridity. The author covers a range of largely unexplored topics, including the role of “heroines” in a (supposedly) male-oriented system of film production, the function of the celluloid Indians, the transcultural and transnational history of the first spaghetti Western, the construction of femininity and masculinity in the hybrid Westerns of the 1950s, and the new paths of the Western in 21st century.

About the Author(s)

Flavia Brizio-Skov is a professor in the department of modern foreign languages and literatures at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has written several books and articles on contemporary writers, popular culture and cinema.

Bibliographic Details

Flavia Brizio-Skov
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info:
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8306-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4191-1
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“The topic, the theoretical framework, the analytical approach, the breadth of the sources consulted, the range of films discussed, and the critical angles applied in this monograph make it a valuable contribution to scholarship in western film studies.”—Flavia Laviosa, Wellesley College