New publication: Critical Perspectives on the Western

Dr Lee Broughton is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of his new edited collection 'Critical Perspectives on the Western: From A Fistful of Dollars to Django Unchained'

For decades, the Western film has been considered to be a dying cinematic form, yet filmmakers from Quentin Tarantino to Ethan and Joel Coen have found new ways to reinvigorate the genre. As Westerns continue to be produced for contemporary audiences, scholars have taken a renewed interest in the relevance of this enduring genre. In 'Critical Perspectives on the Western: From A Fistful of Dollars to Django Unchained', Lee Broughton has compiled a wide-ranging collection of essays by international scholars that look at various forms of the genre, on both the large and small screen.

The contributors to this volume consider overlooked subgenres, Western stars, celebrities and authors, recent idiosyncratic engagements with the genre, and Westerns produced outside of the USA. These essays also explore issues relating to culture, politics, transnationalism, postcolonialism, race and gender that are found within the films under discussion. Among the themes, films and television programs covered in this volume are Mexican Revolution-set Westerns; South African Westerns; hybrid Westerns; exploitation Westerns; The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward, Robert FordDeadwood and JustifiedRed HarvestAppaloosaMeek's CutoffDjango UnchainedTears of the Black TigerThe Frozen Limits; and Django Kill.

'Critical Perspectives on the Western: From A Fistful of Dollars to Django Unchained' will be published by Rowman and Littlefield in October 2016.