search the archive
search the archive
The Golden Age Westerns / Deadline for abstracts June 1, 2014
full name / name of organization:
The 2014 Film & History Conference, Madison, WI, 29 Oct to 2 Nov 2014
From the late 1920s to the mid-1960s, the Western genre underwent a series of surprising transformations, experiencing a decline, a rebirth, and finally, its Golden Age. From highly successful traditional “oaters” and musical “horse operas,” Westerns developed into complex, “revisionist” forms during the Cold War that included the noir Western, the cult Western, and the Spaghetti Western. At the same time, the Western also dominated the small screen, its popularity peaking in 1959 when 26 shows were aired on television.
Why was the Western so popular during this period? What screen personalities in film and television rose and/or fell with the entrance of sound and Hollywood’s support of the Second World War? What does the Golden Age of the Western or, arguably, the Golden Age of the Spaghetti Western tell us about American culture?
This area, comprising multiple panels, welcomes proposals on the subject of the Golden Age Western in film and television during Hollywood’s “Golden Age.” Papers and panels may address attitudes, styles, directors, stars, or genres that defined the success of the Western during this period.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
• The Western’s Golden Boys and Gals (John Wayne, Gary Cooper, Glenn Ford, Jimmy Stewart, Barbara Stanwyck, Joanne Dru, Maureen O’Hara, Jean Simmons)
Proposals for complete panels (three related presentations) are also welcome, but they must include an abstract and contact information, including an e-mail address, for each presenter. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website (www.filmandhistory.org).
Please e-mail your 200-word proposal by 1 June 2014 to the area chair: