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The Resource West of everything : the inner life of westerns, Jane Tompkins

West of everything : the inner life of westerns, Jane Tompkins

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West of everything : the inner life of westerns
Title
West of everything
Title remainder
the inner life of westerns
Statement of responsibility
Jane Tompkins
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A leading figure in the debate over the literary canon, Jane Tompkins was one of the first to point to the ongoing relevance of popular women's fiction in the 19th century, long overlooked or scorned by literary critics. Now, in West of Everything, Tompkins shows how popular novels and filmsof the American west have shaped the emotional lives of people in our time. Into this world full of violence and manly courage, the world of John Wayne and Louis L'Amour, Tompkins takes her readers, letting them feel what the hero feels, endure what he endures. Writing with sympathy, insight, and respect, she probes the main elements of the Western--its preoccupationwith death, its barren landscapes, galloping horses, hard-bitten men and marginalized women--revealing the view of reality and code of behavior these features contain. She considers the Western hero's attraction to pain, his fear of women and language, his desire to dominate the environment--and tomerge with it. In fact, Tompkins argues, for better or worse Westerns have taught us all--men especially--how to behave. It was as a reaction against popular women's novels and women's invasion of the public sphere that Westerns originated, Tompkins maintains. With Westerns, men were reclaiming cultural territory, countering the inwardness, spirituality, and domesticity of the sentimental writers, with a roughand tumble, secular, man-centered world. Tompkins brings these insights to bear in considering film classics such as Red River and Lonely Are the Brave, and novels such as Louis L'Amour's Last of the Breed and Owen Wister's The Virginian. In one of the most moving chapters (chosen for Best AmericanEssays of 1991), Tompkins shows how the life of Buffalo Bill Cody, killer of Native Americans and charismatic star of the Wild West show, evokes the contradictory feelings which the Western typically elicits--horror and fascination with violence, but also love and respect for the romantic ideal ofthe cowboy. Whether interpreting a photograph of John Wayne of meditating on the slaughter of cattle, Jane Tompkins writes with humor, compassion, and a provocative intellect. Her book will appeal to many Americans who read or watch Westerns, and to all those interested in a serious approach to popularculture
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COO
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Tompkins, Jane P
Dewey number
813.09
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
English
LC call number
PS374.W4
LC item number
T66 1993eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Oxford paperbacks
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Western stories
  • Western films
  • West (U.S.)
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Literature.
  • Western stories
  • Literature
  • Western films
  • Western stories
  • West United States
  • Wild-westfilms
  • Literatuurwetenschap
  • Westernroman
  • Westernfilm
  • USA
Label
West of everything : the inner life of westerns, Jane Tompkins
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-238) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Death -- Women and the language of men -- Landscape -- Horses -- Cattle -- Dry-gulched : a reckoning -- The Virginian : Wister's mother -- Zane Grey : writing the purple sage -- At the Buffalo Bill Museum, June 1988 -- The last of the breed : homage to Louis L'Amour -- Two men
Control code
191942111
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 245 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781423738268
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)191942111
Label
West of everything : the inner life of westerns, Jane Tompkins
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-238) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Death -- Women and the language of men -- Landscape -- Horses -- Cattle -- Dry-gulched : a reckoning -- The Virginian : Wister's mother -- Zane Grey : writing the purple sage -- At the Buffalo Bill Museum, June 1988 -- The last of the breed : homage to Louis L'Amour -- Two men
Control code
191942111
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 245 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781423738268
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)191942111

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