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Invisible Natives : Myth and Identity in the American Western / Armando José Prats.

Author/Creator:
Prats, Armando José, author.
Publication:
Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press, [2018]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource : 23 halftones
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Indians in motion pictures.
Western films -- History and criticism.
Local subjects:
Film. (search)
Native American Studies. (search)
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
This incisive, provocative, and wide-ranging book casts a critical eye on the representation of Native Americans in the Western film since the genre's beginnings. Armando José Prats shows the ways in which film reflects cultural transformations in the course of America's historical encounter with "the Indian." He also explores the relation between the myth of conquest and American history. Among the films he discusses at length are Northwest Passage, Stagecoach, The Searchers, Hombre, Hondo, Ulzana's Raid, The Last of the Mohicans, and Dances With Wolves.Throughout, Prats emphasizes the irony that the Western seems to be able to represent Native Americans only by rendering them absent. In addition, he points out that Native Americans who appear in Westerns are almost always male; Native women rarely figure into the plot, and are often portrayed by white women rendered "Indian" by narrative necessity. Invisible Natives offers an intriguing view of the possibilities and consequences-as well as the historical sources and cultural origins-of the Western's strategies for evading the actual portrayal of Native Americans.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Representation and Absence in Northwest Passage
Part I. Strategies of Figuration
1. "By All the Truth of Signs": The Indian in Synecdoche
2. Prospects from the Spaces of the Same: The Indian, the Land, and the "Civilized Eye"
3. "When the Apaches Speak": Revisionism's Discursive Dominance
Part II. Typology, Identity, and the Uses of Indianness
4. "Chartered in Two Worlds": The Double Other
5. "Not Enemies, Not Friends": Racio-Cultural Ambivalence and Mythology's Ahistorical Imperatives
Filmography
Bibliography
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 20. Sep 2019)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9781501729539
OCLC:
1088924153
Publisher Number:
10.7591/9781501729539 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.