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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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omar ahmed is a UK-based film scholar who has been teaching film and media studies for over thirteen years. He was formerly Head of Film at Aquinas College, Manchester. He is currently completing a PhD at the University of Manchester and was awarded funding by The Arts, Humanities and Research Council (AHRC) in 2015 to focus on the Indian Parallel Cinema movement. He published his first book Studying Indian Cinema (Auteur) in 2015 and contributed several essays to The Directory of World Cinema: India (Intellect). He has written the first monograph on RoboCop (1987), due for publication later this year, and recently curated a season of Indian independent films titled ‘Not Just Bollywood’ for HOME in Manchester. lee broughton is a freelance writer, critic, film programmer and lec- turer in film and cultural studies. He is the author of The Euro-Western: Reframing Gender, Race and the ‘Other’ in Film (2016) and the editor of Critical Perspectives on the Western: From A Fistful of Dollars to Django Unchained (2016). Lee edits the Current Thinking on the Western blog online and is the convenor of the International Scholars of the Western Network. matthew carter is a senior lecturer in film, television and cultural studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is the author of Myth of the Western: New Perspectives on Hollywood’s Frontier Narrative (2014) and co-editor (with Andrew Patrick Nelson) of ReFocus: The Films of Delmer Daves (2016). He has contributed chapters to the edited vol- umes Contemporary Westerns: Film and Television...

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