Wanted Dead or Alive: The American West in Popular Culture

Wanted Dead or Alive: The American West in Popular Culture

by Richard Aquila
     
 

Wanted Dead or Alive presents the first ever comprehensive look at how the American West has been depicted in popular culture. Following Richard Aquila's introduction, which examines the birth and growth of the pop culture West in the context of American history, noted expects explore developments in popular western fiction, major forms of live western entertainment,… See more details below

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Wanted Dead or Alive presents the first ever comprehensive look at how the American West has been depicted in popular culture. Following Richard Aquila's introduction, which examines the birth and growth of the pop culture West in the context of American history, noted expects explore developments in popular western fiction, major forms of live western entertainment, trends in western movies and television shows, images of the West in popular music, and visual images of the West in popular art and advertising. For the reader on the trail of even more information, each section of the book concludes with suggestions for further reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252065279
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The Pop Culture West1
1Malaeska's Revenge; or, The Dime Novel Tradition in Popular Fiction21
2Writers of the Purple Sage: Novelists and the American West43
3Let'er Rip: Popular Culture Images of the American West in Wild West Shows, Rodeos, and Rendezvous73
4Westbound: Feature Films and the American West109
5The Good Guys Wore White Hats: The B Western in American Culture135
6Prime-Time Bonanza! The Western on Television160
7A Blaze of Glory: The Mythic West in Pop and Rock Music191
8Cool Water, Rye Whiskey, and Cowboys: Images of the West in Country Music216
9Viewing the West: The Popular Culture of American Western Painting243
10Selling the Myth: Western Images in Advertising269
Contributors293
Index295

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