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Wanted Dead or Alive : THE AMERICAN WEST IN POPULAR CULTURE - Richard Aquila

Wanted Dead or Alive


By: Richard Aquila (Editor)

Paperback Published: 4th January 1998
ISBN: 9780252065279
Number Of Pages: 328

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Ah, the Wild West! Wide open plains, beautiful sunsets, and thundering herds. Days when the cowboy was king, and good guys always wore white. The love affair with the American West has stood the test of time and survived competition from sports, electronic gadgets, and reality.

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 experts 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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"A valuable chronicle of the development of the Western story form across the mass media." -- Michael T. Marsden, coeditor, Journal of Popular Film and Television

Introduction: The Pop Culture Westp. 1
Malaeska's Revenge; or, The Dime Novel Tradition in Popular Fictionp. 21
Writers of the Purple Sage: Novelists and the American Westp. 43
Let'er Rip: Popular Culture Images of the American West in Wild West Shows, Rodeos, and Rendezvousp. 73
Westbound: Feature Films and the American Westp. 109
The Good Guys Wore White Hats: The B Western in American Culturep. 135
Prime-Time Bonanza! The Western on Televisionp. 160
A Blaze of Glory: The Mythic West in Pop and Rock Musicp. 191
Cool Water, Rye Whiskey, and Cowboys: Images of the West in Country Musicp. 216
Viewing the West: The Popular Culture of American Western Paintingp. 243
Selling the Myth: Western Images in Advertisingp. 269
Contributorsp. 293
Indexp. 295
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ISBN: 9780252065279
ISBN-10: 0252065271
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 4th January 1998
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52

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