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The psychology of the Western - William Indick

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Title
The psychology of the Western - how the American psyche plays out on screen
Author
William Indick
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20080830

Western films are often considered sprawling reflections of the American spirit. This book analyzes the archetypes, themes, and figures within the principal mythology of the western frontier. Western themes are interpreted as expressions of cultural needs that perform specific psychological functions for the audience. The chapters are devoted to the frontier hero character, the roles of women and Native Americans, and the work of the genre's most prolific directors, Anthony Mann and John Ford. The book includes a filmography and movie stills.

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William Indick is an associate professor of psychology at Dowling College in Oakdale, New York. He is the author of several other books on psychology and cinema, and has written for numerous psychology journals. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Western films - Psychological aspects.|Western films - United States - History and criticism.
Country of Publication
North Carolina
Number of Pages
215

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