Instructor: Arner            T/R          12:30-1:50pm

Western films constitute a uniquely American genre in which a brief period of national history (approximately 1870 to 1890) and the rugged Western landscape are mythologized and made heroic. Themes that dominate Western movies include nation building, individualism, the frontier, and manifest destiny; these stories often involve the dispossession of native nations and the triumph of white Eurocentric values, and sometimes paradoxically celebrate both the self-reliant individual and the formation of a new community from which the hero finds himself excluded. This course begins with the earliest Western, THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY, followed by other significant films of the genre.