Subverting the Frontier: Western Genre Comic Books and Cultural History
My research looks to better understand the interaction between Western myth and American politics and social change through the examination of Western genre comic books.
Throughout the 20th Century, the Western in Hollywood film and television became a malleable mythology that provided a map for audiences in times of social and political crises through the pastoral and wholesome images of the Old West. However in comic book, representations of the Western were marked by instances of subversion of Western mythology, and parody of the illusory American values and traditions implanted into the mythic frontier.
This thesis looks to explore this counter-mythic frontier, employing materialist theories in its examination of Western comics throughout the 20th Century.
First Degree: BA Hons in Film and Media Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University
Masters Degree: Masters by Research in the Faculty of Art & Design, Manchester Metropolitan University