The Western as American Myth

March 19, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Western as American Myth
Tuesday, March 19 | 12pm to 1pm
$10 at the door ($5 students)
Dr. Stacey Peebles

The Western is America’s defining myth, the story that we tell when we want to tell stories about ourselves. And these stories are set in a landscape that, in the words of Native American author F. Scott Momaday, has to be seen to be believed–and believed in order to be seen.  But what accounts for the enduring popularity of this genre that has persisted from 19th-century dime novels about Calamity Jane and Billy the Kid to the Coen brothers’ newest film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs?  And how has the idea of the West changed over time, and thus changed our ideas about American identity?

Dr. Stacey Peebles is associate professor of English and director of the Film Studies program at Centre College. Her research areas include the representation of war and violence, film adaptation, Westerns, and the contemporary American author Cormac McCarthy.