Despite the many announcements of its death, the western has recently reappeared in American cinema and literature, reinvigorating a tradition that spans from James Fenimore Cooper's Hawkeye to the Lone Ranger and John Wayne. Among the many recent productions, this volume considers American films, literature, and music, produced between 1985 and 2011: movies such as The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Ballad of Little Jo, Brokeback Mountain, 3:10 to Yuma, Don't Come Knocking, the TV series Doctor Quinn, Medicine Woman, the novels Blood Meridian and God's Country, and hick-hop music. Matching western, men's, literary, and film studies, Bordin reads the western as a gendered cultural product, which comments on pivotal contemporary themes such as issues of fatherhood, homosexuality, gaze, and race and gender appropriations. Building upon Judith Butler's notion of the performative nature of gender, Bordin analyzes how the western interacts with models of American masculinity, confirming the genre's crucial role in the American cultural and ideological landscape at the turn of the millennium
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