Across the Great Divide: Cultures of Manhood in the American West

Across the Great Divide: Cultures of Manhood in the American West

by Matthew Basso, Laura McCall, Dee Garceau
     
 

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From Custer and Geronimo to John Wayne and the Marlboro Man, American notions of masculinity have been deeply interwoven with our ideas about the West. But there's more to the relationship between manhood and the frontier than a simple tale of cowboys and Indians,

ruggedness and civilization. In Across the Great Divide, some of our leading historians look

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From Custer and Geronimo to John Wayne and the Marlboro Man, American notions of masculinity have been deeply interwoven with our ideas about the West. But there's more to the relationship between manhood and the frontier than a simple tale of cowboys and Indians,

ruggedness and civilization. In Across the Great Divide, some of our leading historians look to both the history of masculinity in the West and to the ways that this experience has been represented in movies, popular music, dimestore novels, and folklore. Ramon Gutierrez

(When Jesus Came, the Corn Mothers Went Away) describes the culture of machismo in early New Mexico; Susan Lee Johnson (Roaring Camp revenge, and convicted outlaws walking to the gallows, among other characters. Intriguing, provocative, and important, Across the Great Divide makes us rethink easy assumptions about the nature of American masculinity.

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Historians and anthropologists examine the gender systems, analyses of masculinity, and revisionist scholarship in western US history. The topics include honor and virtue in 18th-century colonial New Mexico, the politics of risk on the Comstock Lode from 1860 to 1880, public hangings, constructions of Chinese manhood in the exclusionist debates of 1869-78, ranchers and their animals, the utilization of the cowboy- hero image in contemporary Asian-American literature, and challenging Indian masculinity in the cinema. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415924702
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 2.00(d)

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Matthew Basso is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at the University of Minnesota.Laura McCall is Associate Professor of History at Metropolitan State College in Denver, and a co-editor of A Shared Experience: Men, Women, and the History of Gender. Dee Garceau is Assistant Professor of History at Rhodes College and the author of The Important Things in Life: Women, Work & Family in Wyoming.

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