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HIS 295: American Frontier, Dr. Don Fisher: Articles

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Required Readings

The following articles are available as full-text through JSTOR. 

  • John Hellman, "Vietnam and the Hollywood Genre Film: Inversions of American Mythology in the Deer Hunter and Apocalypse Now," American Quarterly, Vol. 34, No. 4 (Autumn 1982: 418-439.

  • Richard Slotkin, "Nostalgia and Progress: Theodore Roosevelt's Myth of the Frontier," American Quarterly, Vol. 33, No. 5 (Winter 1981): 608-637.

  • Richard Slotkin, "Gunfighters and Green Berets: The Magnificent Seven and the Myth of Counter-Insurgency," Radical History Review, Vol. 40 (1989): 65-90. 

Hollywood Westerns Research Paper

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Cowboys in motion pictures

Epic films

Film criticism

Heroes in motion pictures

Motion pictures -- United States

​Western films


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