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“It just looks like more of Texas”: Journeys and Travel Narratives in the Western

Thornton, Niamh (2012) “It just looks like more of Texas”: Journeys and Travel Narratives in the Western. In: (Re)Discovering ‘America’ Road Movies and Other Travel Narratives in North America / (Re)Descubriendo ‘América’ Road movie y otras narrativas de viaje en América del Norte. Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier & Bilingual Press / Editorial Bilingüe, Trier & Arizona, pp. 1-20. ISBN 978-1-931010-91-7 [Book section]

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Like the road movie, journeys are integral to most Westerns. While the road movie shares similar thematic, narrative and visual tropes with the Western, they are rarely compared. Where these links are mentioned it is largely to consider how the road movie expanded upon and is highly differentiated from the Western. This chapter is concerned with Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch (1968) as a particular example of the travel narrative in the Western and how both the period in which it was set, the Mexican Revolution, and the time in which it was made, the late sixties, gave the film a particular radical, countercultural focus which means that it has a lot in common with the road movies made during the same period.

Item Type:Book section
Keywords:Road movies, Western, Sam Peckinpah, The Wild Bunch, Mexican Revolution
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of Media, Film & Journalism
Faculty of Arts
Research Institutes and Groups:Centre for Media Research
ID Code:23572
Deposited By: Dr Niamh Thornton
Deposited On:09 Oct 2012 08:59
Last Modified:09 Oct 2012 08:59

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