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Unbridling the Western Film Auteur

Contemporary, Transnational and Intertextual Explorations

Edited By Emma Hamilton and Alistair Rolls

According to Jim Kitses (1969), the Western originally offered American directors a rich canvas to express a singular authorial vision of the American past and its significance. The Western’s recognizable conventions and symbols, rich filmic heritage, and connections to pulp fiction created a widely spoken «language» for self-expression and supplemented each filmmaker’s power to express their vision of American society. This volume seeks to re-examine the significance of auteur theory for the Western by analysing the auteur director «unbridled» by traditional definitions or national contexts.

This book renders a complex portrait of the Western auteur by considering the genre in a transnational context. It proposes that narrow views of auteurism should be reconsidered in favour of broader definitions that see meaning created, both intentionally and unintentionally, by a director; by other artistic contributors, including actors and the audience; or through the intersection with other theoretical concepts such as re-allegorization. In so doing, it illuminates the Western as a vehicle for expressing complex ideas of national and transnational identity.


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image: Peter Coad, Scene 122 – Final Landscape from The Tracker. Reproduced with kind permission from the artist. Cover design by Peter Lang Ltd.ISBN 978-1-78707-155-1 (print) • ISBN 978-1-78707-156-8 (ePDF)ISBN 978-1-78707-157-5 (ePub) • ISBN 978-1-78707-158-2 (mobi)© Peter Lang AG 2018Published by Peter Lang Ltd, International Academic Publishers,52 St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LU, United, Emma Hamilton and Alistair Rolls have asserted their right under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, 1988, to be identified as Editors of this Work.All rights reserved.All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict limits of the copyright law, without the permission of the publisher, is forbidden and liable to prosecution. This applies in particular to reproductions, translations, microfilming, and storage and processing in electronic retrieval systems.This publication has been peer reviewed. Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek.Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche National-wbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available on the Internet at catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library.Library of Congress Control Number: 2017960109

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