True West

Author: William R. Handley,Nathaniel Lewis

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803259768

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 372

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In no other region of the United States has the notion of authenticity played such an important yet elusive role as it has in the West. Though pervasive in literature,øpopular culture, and history, assumptions about western authenticity have not received adequate critical attention. Given the ongoing economic and social transformations in this vast region, the persistent nostalgia and desire for the ?real? authentic West suggest regional and national identities at odds with themselves. True West explores the concept of authenticity as it is used to invent, test, advertise, and read the West. The fifteen essays collected here apply contemporary critical and cultural theory to western literary history, Native American literature and identities, the visual West, and the imagining of place. Ranging geographically from the Canadian Prairies to Buena Park?s Entertainment Corridor in Southern California, and chronologically from early tourist narratives to contemporary environmental writing, True West challenges many assumptions we make about western writing and opens the door to an important new chapter in western literary history and cultural criticism.

True West

Author: Sam Shepard

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571353703

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 96

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Austin, working on his Hollywood screenplay, is disturbed by the arrival of his estranged brother, Lee, just returned from three months in the desert. During a brief spell of uneasy cohabitation in their absent mother's house, Lee employs himself as a door-to-door burglar before killing his brother's film idea by pitching his own to Austin's producer. But Lee is no writer and the brothers must strike a deal, escalating sibling rivalry to fever pitch in the blazing Californian heat. Sam Shephard's True West was first performed at the Magic Theatre, San Francisco, in 1980 and has since become recognised as an American classic.

A Study Guide for Sam Shepard's "True West"

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1410361292

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 24

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A Study Guide for Sam Shepard's "True West," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Drama For Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Drama For Students for all of your research needs.

True West

Author: Christopher J. Duerksen,James Van Hemert

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 233

View: 9738


Millions of Americans are moving west, attracted by big skies, majestic scenery, abundant wildlife, and a romantic past. Unfortunately, many developments built to accommodate these newcomers flout the landscape and ignore local traditions threatening the very qualities that make the West beautiful and unique. It is not too late to prevent more damage and preserve the best of the West for future generations. True West translates the key elements of authentic Western development patterns-drawn from Native American, Spanish, and early American settlements-into design guidelines for expansion and new development. Comprehensive case studies examine contemporary developments that embrace historic patterns and harmonize with the landscape.True West is an exceptional resource for Western Planners and elected officials who are committed to ensuring growth that respects the region's distinctive character and natural environment.

The Best of True West

Author: Joe Austell Small

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: American wit and humor

Page: 336

View: 5830


Collection of 28 stories first published in True West magazine.

Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Real West

Author: David Fisher,Bill O'Reilly

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 1627795081

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 8993


The must-have companion to Bill O'Reilly's historic series Legends and Lies: The Real West, a fascinating, eye-opening look at the truth behind the western legends we all think we know How did Davy Crockett save President Jackson's life only to end up dying at the Alamo? Was the Lone Ranger based on a real lawman-and was he an African American? What amazing detective work led to the capture of Black Bart, the "gentleman bandit" and one of the west's most famous stagecoach robbers? Did Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid really die in a hail of bullets in South America? Generations of Americans have grown up on TV shows, movies and books about these western icons. But what really happened in the Wild West? All the stories you think you know, and others that will astonish you, are here--some heroic, some brutal and bloody, all riveting. Included are the ten legends featured in Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies docuseries -from Kit Carson to Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok to Doc Holliday-- accompanied by two bonus chapters on Daniel Boone and Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley. Frontier America was a place where instinct mattered more than education, and courage was necessary for survival. It was a place where luck made a difference and legends were made. Heavily illustrated with spectacular artwork that further brings this history to life, and told in fast-paced, immersive narrative, Legends and Lies is an irresistible, adventure-packed ride back into one of the most storied era of our nation's rich history.

Doc Holliday in Film and Literature

Author: Shirley Ayn Linder

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786473355

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 200

View: 665


The legend of Doc Holliday is now in its third century. While his time on earth was brief, troubled and filled with pain, his legend took wings and flew. Beginning with his part in the now famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Denver newspapers first told his story in the late 19th century. They, followed by words of Wyatt Earp, grasped the glimmer of his tale. So enamored was the public that by 1939 he was a literary icon and his character had appeared in eight films. Historians, authors, screenwriters and eventually television refined the legend, which reached its apex perhaps with the 1993 film Tombstone. Doc Holliday's image has neither dimmed nor wavered in the 21st century. Broadway, country music and art join with literature and film to continue his mystique as the personification of a surviving legend of the U.S. West.

Western Gunslingers in Fact and on Film

Author: Buck Rainey

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786403969

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 349

View: 6052


Billy the Kid, Wild Bill Hickok, Belle Starr, Wyatt Earp, the Younger Gang, the Dalton-Doolin Gang and Bat Masterson -- these real-life lawmen and lawbreakers have been the basis of so many Hollywood Westerns that it has become difficult to discover where the truth ends and the legend begins. All actually became larger-than-life characters during their lifetimes, as contemporary newspapers and books embellished their deeds for their own purposes. But it was in Hollywood that the line between reality and myth was completely blurred. Each chapter-length entry here first focuses on the known facts of the people's lives and how each became truly legendary during their lifetimes. The reality is then compared to how they have been portrayed in the movies.

Staging Masculinity

Author: Carla J. McDonough

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786427361

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

View: 5969


This study explores how masculinity is presented in the works of such leading male playwrights as Sam Shepard, Arthur Miller, Eugene O'Neill, David Mamet and August Wilson.