Sue Matheson

 

 


 

Sue Matheson is an Associate Professor of English Literature and also specializes in the study of Western film, frontier narratives, and popular culture. Her interests in film, culture, and literature may be found in more than forty essays published in a wide range of books and scholarly journals. She is the author of “The Westerns and War Films of John Ford” (Rowman & Littlefield 2016) and the editor of “Love in Western Film and Television: Lonely Hearts and Happy Trails” (Palgrave 2013).




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This course explores the development of the Western throughout the 1940s and 1950s and how this film genre provides insights into American culture and the American experience. As one of the first genres of silent film, the Western became the most popular among U.S. audiences from the 1930s through the 1950s, reinventing itself as Hollywood responded to the expectations of viewers. Since the 1970s, revisionist Westerns have questioned the thematic concerns and conventions of what has come to be considered the genre’s traditional or classic formatting.

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