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vol. XVI-n°1 | 2018
When the West Meets the South on Screen

Quand l’Ouest rencontre le Sud à l’écran
Edited by Claire Dutriaux, Anne-Marie Paquet-Deyris and Taïna Tuhkunen
Couverture Lisa vol. XVI-n°1 | 2018
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Like the classic movies on the Far West, the quintessential film narratives of the Deep South have greatly impacted the popular understanding of American history and American values. While the canonized Western has relentlessly foregrounded the idea of individual freedom and the conquest of the wilderness, the more elusive and controversial Southern genre bears the persistent ideological traces of slavery and segregation. However, this Revue LISA/LISA e-journal issue “When the West/ern meets the South/ern” explores the jarring and often unexpected connections between the two basically distinct generic categories, well before the 2012 release of Django unchained, Quentin Tarantino’s provocatively Westernized Southern (or Southernized Western). Numerous earlier films were already engaged in a play with the representational codes of the West and the South in cinema and literature. When the Western and the Southern cross and blend, the resultant “genre trouble” generates a more complex image of America, challenging its grand narratives and myths.

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