Wanted Dead or Alive: The American West in Popular Culture

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252065279
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The Pop Culture West 1
1 Malaeska's Revenge; or, The Dime Novel Tradition in Popular Fiction 21
2 Writers of the Purple Sage: Novelists and the American West 43
3 Let'er Rip: Popular Culture Images of the American West in Wild West Shows, Rodeos, and Rendezvous 73
4 Westbound: Feature Films and the American West 109
5 The Good Guys Wore White Hats: The B Western in American Culture 135
6 Prime-Time Bonanza! The Western on Television 160
7 A Blaze of Glory: The Mythic West in Pop and Rock Music 191
8 Cool Water, Rye Whiskey, and Cowboys: Images of the West in Country Music 216
9 Viewing the West: The Popular Culture of American Western Painting 243
10 Selling the Myth: Western Images in Advertising 269
Contributors 293
Index 295
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