Titel: Cowboys As Cold Warriors
Autor/en: Stanley Corkin
The Western And U S History.
7 b/w illustrations.
Temple University Press,U.S.
4. Juni 2004 - kartoniert - 272 Seiten
The United States emerged from World War II with superpower status and quickly entered a period of economic prosperity. The same period marked the heyday of the western film. This book examines many of the significant westerns released between 1946 and 1962, analyzing how they responded to and influenced the cultural climate of the country.
Acknowledgments Introduction: Westerns, U.S. History, and the Cold War 1. Cowboys, Free Markets, Wyatt Earp, and Thomas Dunson: My Darling Clementine and Red River 2. Melodrama and the Feminine Means to Empire: Duel in the Sun, Pursued, and Fort Apache 3. Cold War Westerns and the Law of the Gun: Broken Arrow and The Gunfighter 4. Korea, Containment, and Nationalism: High Noon, Shane, and The Searchers 5. Modernization Theory, Political Discord, and Intervention: Gunfight at the OK Corral, The Magnificent Seven, and The Alamo 6. Imperialist Nostalgia and the Road to Vietnam: Lonely Are the Brave, Ride the High Country, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Notes Bibliography Index
"Corkin is very well informed on the shifts in American foreign policy and his discussion of the films is never less than illuminating." Film Studies "Corkin's book is valuable for the thoroughgoing way in which it links the discussion of cultural themes and productions with political developments." Film Quarterly "Corkin's book is always interesting. Its lasting value lies in situating under-investigated materials in a provocative framework that yields new insights into debates surrounding the work of Cold War cultural production." American Literature "Corkin's analysis is invariably thought-provoking, especially in its close ties to political developments in mid-twentieth-century American culture...He hits the targets he has aimed at and, in doing so, he has produced a book which should prove enlightening to both Western film enthusiasts and American history scholars of every stripe." Film International "What makes Corkin's work unique is his focus on sixteen American films made between 1946 and 1962 and his argument that the evolution of the western genre during this period closely paralleled, influenced, and was influenced by changing official and popular American attitudes toward the cold war. Corkin's insights are persuasive." History "Highly recommended" Choice "Stanley Corkin brings a shrewd eye and a keen historical consciousness to this perceptive examination of the Hollywood Western in its glory days, exploring how these iconic films subtly addressed the global realignments, domestic tensions, and gender issues of the early Cold War era. Not only film buffs but everyone interested in mid-20th century U.S. politics and culture will enjoy and profit from this book." --Paul Boyer, author of By the Bomb's Early Light: American Thought and Culture at the Dawn of the Atomic Age "Cowboys as Cold Warriors takes the reader on a galloping ride through the Western as meta-mythology. Corkin treats the films as the mapping of the American empire in the past, and a powerful metaphor for asserting its essential raison d'etre." --Lloyd Gardner, Rutgers University "Corkin's exegesis of the Cold War movie Western is thoughtfully grounded in a critique of empire based upon broad scholarship in culture, gender and foreign policy...His interpretation is plausible; the meanings he asserts can be drawn from the narratives he describes." American Historical Review Feb.2007