Cowboy Imperialism and Hollywood Film by Mark Cronlund AndersonCowboy Imperialism and Hollywood Film by Mark Cronlund Anderson

Cowboy Imperialism and Hollywood Film

byMark Cronlund Anderson

Paperback | June 29, 2007

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Cowboy Imperialism and Hollywood Film explores how Hollywood has employed the frontier myth to sanction imperial behavior. This cultural project integrates the myth, America’s secular creation story, with Manifest Destiny, the sugar-coated impetus to conquer without compunction. Through Hollywood – the history teacher who reaches the largest audiences – the imagery of conquest has become effectively naturalized, glorified, and personified in the guise of the mythical frontiersman, such as John Wayne and Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. This book examines eighteen movies, ranging from The Green Berets to Raiders of the Lost Ark, from Red River to Hidalgo. Others, from Full Metal Jacket to The Big Lebowski, The Ballad of Little Joe to 25th Hour, posit intriguing revisionist frontier tales.
The Author: Mark Cronlund Anderson is Associate Professor of History at the University of Regina and holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Riverside. He is the author/co-editor of Pancho Villa’s Revolution by Headlines (2000), Latin American Narratives and Cultural Identity: Selected Readings (Peter Lang, 2004), a...
Title:Cowboy Imperialism and Hollywood FilmFormat:PaperbackDimensions:9 × 6.02 × 0.52 inPublished:June 29, 2007Publisher:Peter Lang Inc., International Academic PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:082049545X

ISBN - 13:9780820495453

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«Mark Cronlund Anderson responds to Hollywood movies in exactly the ways mass media doesn’t want us to: with shrewd cultural analysis of the film industry as propaganda machine. While blockbuster hits aim to mesmerize spectators to unthinkingly identify with the heroes and absorb ideological messages through osmosis, Anderson reminds us that we have a responsibility and the right to interpret manufactured culture and to talk back. This book examines how our sense of history and intercultural relations are informed by Hollywood, one of the main storytellers of consumer culture. This interdisciplinary approach to film criticism encourages us to think about what is at stake in contemporary culture. Anderson’s witty and accessible language will appeal to anyone interested in history, mass culture, and world politics, and even to those who thought they were only interested in movies and pop culture.…» (Martha Nandorfy, Co-Author of ‘Eduardo Galeano: Through the Looking Glass’ and ‘The Concise Guide to Global Human Rights’) «Mark Cronlund Anderson ‘epoch-marks’ and makes a film-history ‘cross-pollination’ by delving deep into and probing beneath the Hollywood tinseldom and its subtle didactiveness in iconoclastically attributing the role of the history teacher to Hollywood. Pathbreakingly, this text aims to bury ‘five fathoms deep’ the filmic images and archetypes of imperial building, neo-kingdoms expanding and frontier myth-making. It is definitely a rewarding text which does not disappoint nonspecialists but proves to be an insightful one for academia, particularly for critical humanities and critical film, historical, and political studies.» (Susaimanickam Armstrong, Department of English, University of Madras, India)