MA / Liz Seminar: The Western. History of an American State of Mind

M.A. Seminar / Liz Seminar: The Western. History of an American State of Mind

Prof. Elisabeth Bronfen, Thursday 16-18 Uhr



23. 2. Introduction


The Myth of the West


1.3. True Grit. Coen Brothers

8.3. The Last of the Mohicans. James F. Cooper.


Classic Hollywood's Frontier

15.3. Stagecoach. John Ford.

22.3. The Searchers. John Ford.

29.3. The Virginian. Owen Wister.


Reconceiving the Western Genre on Screen

19.4. Wild Bunch. Sam Peckinpah.

26.4 Unforgiven. Clint Eastwood.

3.5. The Assassination of Jesse James. Andrew Dominik.


Literary revisitation of the Myth

10.5. Butcher's Crossing. John Williams.

24.5. No Country for Old Men. Cormac McCarthy.


31.5. What I have learned



-- Books/ Films must be purchased by each student individually

-- Written thesis for each session


Recommended Secondary Texts:


Elisabeth Bronfen. Home in Hollywood. New York: Columbia University Press 2004.

Edward Busbombe (ed.). The BFI Companion to the Western. London: British Film Institute 1988.

Ian Cameron & Douglas Pye. The Movie Book of the Western. London: Studio Vista 1996.

Leslie A. Fiedler. Love and Death in the American Novel. New York 1966.

Bernd Kiefer & Norbert Grob. Filmgenres Western. Stuttgart 2003.

Jim Kitses & Gregg Rickman. The Western Reader. New York: Limelight Editions 1998.

Robert B. Pippin. Hollywood Westerns and American Myth. New Haven: Yale University Press 2010.

Bert Rebhandl (Hg.). Western. Genre und Geschichte. Wien: Paul Zsolnay Verlag 2007.

Richard Slotkin. Regeneration through Violence. The Mythology of the American Frontier 1600-1860. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press 1973.

--- Gunfighter Nation. The Myth of the Frontier in Twentieth-Century America. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press 1998.

Michael Wood. America in the Movies. New York: Columbia University Press 1975.