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The Afterlife of the Hollywood Western

Authors: Falconer, Pete

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  • establishes a distinctive and illuminating context in which to consider Hollywood Westerns made since the genre’s decline
  • identifies recurring tropes, motifs and associations found in Hollywood Westerns since the 1980s
  • develops new approaches to the critical discussion of popular film genres
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This book examines the Western genre in the period since Westerns ceased to be a regular feature of Hollywood filmmaking. For most of the 20th Century, the Western was a major American genre. The production of Westerns decreased in the 1960s and 1970s; by the 1980s, it was apparent that the genre occupied a less prominent position in popular culture. After an extended period as one of the most prolific Hollywood genres, the Western entered its “afterlife”. What does it now mean for a Hollywood movie to be a Western, and how does this compare to the ways in which the genre has been understood at other points in its history? This book considers the conditions in which the Western has found itself since the 1980s, the latter-day associations that the genre has acquired and the strategies that more recent Westerns have developed in response to their changed context.

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Pete Falconer is a lecturer in Film at the University of Bristol, UK. He has published work on the forms and genres of popular cinema (particularly Westerns, but also horror movies and on other aspects of popular culture, including country music).


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Afterlife of the Hollywood Western
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-54671-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-54671-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-54670-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 224
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 18 illustrations in colour
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