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Masculinity in the western genre
Masculinity in the western genre

Author(s): Irina Chirica
Subject(s): Gender Studies, Film / Cinema / Cinematography
Published by: Addleton Academic Publishers
Keywords: Western hero; masculinity in Westerns; warrior code; landscape of restraint; language of men; American frontier; John Wayne;

Summary/Abstract: In the following pages I discuss the appearance of the western genre as a counter-reaction to the sentimental novel of the 19th century. Then I explain why the western genre has been regarded as “a masculine construction.” I analyze the characteristics of the westerner as a warrior with examples from some of the best-known western films. I analyze the characteristic relationship of the western hero to the western landscape and I discuss the western’s relationship to women.

  • Issue Year: 6/2018
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 55-64
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: English
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