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Required Books and Films

Required Book (available at Evergreen bookstore):

  • Slotkin, Richard.  Gunfighter Nation

Other readings will be posted on the password protected site and may include:

  • Coen Brothers screenplay.   No Country For Old Men
  • Patrick McGee.  From Shane to Kill Bill: Rethinking the Western
  • Thomas Schatz.  Hollywood Film Genres
  • Henry Nash Smith.  Virgin Land: The American West as Symbol and Myth
  • Richard White. It’s Your Misfortune and None of my Own
  • Owen Wister.  The Virginian

Tentative screening schedule (due dates).  Will be finalized on first day of class.

Saturday, July 30 (Week 1)

  • Stagecoach and Red River
  • Recommended:  The Searchers

Saturday, August 6 (Week 2)

  • Shane and High Noon
  • Recommended: High Plains Drifter

Saturday, August 13 (Week 3)

  • Dances with Wolves and Buffalo Bill and the Indians
  • Recommended:  Little Big Man

Saturday, August 20 (Week 4)

  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and Unforgiven
  • Recommended: McCabe and Mrs. Miller

Saturday, August 27 (Week 5)

  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Wild Bunch
  • Other options: Brokeback Mountain, Heartland, and True Grit (both versions)