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The Feminist Western: A Vision of Equality

JULY / AUG 2017: BY CHARITY BISHOP

Westerns are often male-centric tales, drenched in the symbolism a great untamed frontier where you survive on pure grit and determination with a trusted rifle at your side. As women gain a more significant presence as leading characters, the modern western has evolved from a male-dominated script to stronger female roles. In many older westerns, the women serve as a backdrop: wives, sweethearts, or prostitutes. Continue reading The Feminist Western: A Vision of Equality

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True Grit: Mattie & Cogburn

JULY / AUG 2013: BY LAURA F.

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Sometimes two people who interact only fleetingly have a more lasting impact on each other’s lives than those with whom they associate regularly. Happenstance may yield unexpectedly significant interactions. In True Grit, the story of Mattie Ross seeking to avenge her father’s murder hinges on just such happenstance. Continue reading True Grit: Mattie & Cogburn