2011-12 Catalog

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Offering Description

The Western Film Genre and the American Frontier Myth


Summer 2012 quarter

Mark Harrison theatre, opera, film, performance studies
Fields of Study
American studies and moving image

The Western is the richest and most enduring genre of American film.  It is both formula film and a source of great innovation.  Beginning with Reconstruction, this program will examine the important connections between the Western and the tale of expansion (economic, geographic, ecological, cultural) and violent conquest that is the American frontier myth.  The primary texts for this program will be Richard Slotkin's Gunfighter Nation, James McPherson's Into the West, and The Western by David Lusted.  Supplementary readings will include passages from Richard White’s It’s Your Misfortune and None of My Own, Hollywood Genres by Thomas Schatz, and other short readings. This is a partial online program. Students will need access to a comprehensive source for DVD rentals (such as Netflix, Amazon.com, Deep Discount, etc.) and will be using Moodle for required online seminars.

Advertised Schedule
Required orientation meeting 5-8p Tue, Jun. 26; class meetings: 10a-6p Sat (Jun. 30 - Jul. 28)
Online Learning
Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online
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Required Fees
$25 for teaching assistant
Offered During

Program Revisions

Date Revision
May 7th, 2012 Orientation meeting added to the schedule.
May 7th, 2012 This program was incorrectly listed as full session. It is a first-session offering.