The Contemporary Western: An American Genre Post-9/11

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The September 11th attacks in 2001 and the subsequent 'War on Terror' have had a profound effect on American cinema, and the contemporary Western is no exception. In this book, John White explores how films such as Open Range, True Gritand Jane Got a Gunreinforce a conservative myth of America exceptionalism; endorsing the use of extreme force in dealing with enemies and highlighting the importance of defending the homeland. Placing their characters within a dark world of confusion and horror, these films reflect the United States' post-9/11 uncertainties, and the conflict between civilised values and the brutality employed to defend them.


  • | Author: John White
  • | Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • | Publication Date: February 28, 2021
  • | Number of Pages: 208 pages
  • | Language: English
  • | Binding: Paperback
  • | ISBN-10: 1474427936
  • | ISBN-13: 9781474427937
Author:
John White
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
Publication Date:
February 28, 2021
Number of pages:
208 pages
Language:
English
Binding:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
1474427936
ISBN-13:
9781474427937