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The Six-Gun Mystique Sequel

3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  34 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
The Six-Gun Mystique Sequel is a revised and considerably expanded edition of The Six-Gun Mystique, a pioneering study of the Western as a popular genre that has been widely influential since its original publication in 1970.
In this expanded version, Cawelti revises his analysis of the structural characteristics of the Western novel and film, synthesizing much of the rich
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Paperback, 228 pages
Published June 15th 1999 by Popular Press 3 (first published June 1984)
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A. Bowdoin Van Riper
There was a time when Westerns – in print, on film, on television – were dismissed, offhandedly, as simplistic, formula-bound trash. They were suitable for the twirling wire papeback racks and the bottom halves of movie double-features, but no more. Entertaining? Well, yes . . . if you were a small boy, or an undemanding adult. Vehicles for exploring on Big Themes and Significant Issues? Preposterous. Now, of course, it’s that attitude that seems preposterous. Larry McMurtry has a Pulitzer for L ...more
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Aug 23, 2007 Cat rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one!
Only book I've abandoned reading this year. Now that Jacques Derrida is dead, does that mean we can stop reading stuff like this? By "this" I mean over analyzed, incomprehensible post-structuralist gobbeldy gook. Seriously, I could barely understand what Cawelti was trying to say.

Style and vocabulary aside, the over determined analysis is enough to turn you away from theory forever. I have a high threshold for academic jargon, but this put me over the edge.

Avoid. Hopefully work like this will
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May 29, 2014 Illizt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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