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A gun of one´s own: gender representation in contemporary westerns

Freijo, Luis (2018) A gun of one´s own: gender representation in contemporary westerns. In: University of Birmingham Graduate School Research Poster Conference 2018, 13th June 2018, University of Birmingham. (Unpublished)



This research dissertation deals with issues of gender representation in contemporary film Westerns. The classic view of the Western as a male genre that marginalizes women has been contested in the last twenty-five years. A trend of films has challenged the idea of the feminine as inferior to the masculine within the Western landscape. Reversal of roles, violence, and the exposure of oppression are used as strategies in order to allow the Western to accommodate feminist discourse. It can be argued that the impact of this research can be found within the current political and social debates around feminism, the necessity to equal women´s rights to men´s, and the pervasiveness of masculine gender violence. Proving a feminist reversal in a traditionally masculine film genre would help it to maintain social relevance, on the one hand; and, on the other hand, could result in some valuable dissemination of feminist ideology.

Type of Work:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:School of English, Drama and American and Canadian Studies, Department of Film and Creative Writing
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Social Media Engagement Winner (#uobRPC18)

Supervisor: Dr James Walters and Prof Rob Stone

Date:13 June 2018
Series/Collection Name:Prizewinners from the Graduate School Research Poster Conference 2018
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
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Copyright Holders:The Author
ID Code:3127

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