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Outlaw Heroes as Liminal Figures of Film and Television

Outlaw Heroes as Liminal Figures of Film and Television (Paperback)

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Unlike such romanticized renegades as Robin Hood and Jesse James, there is another kind of outlaw hero, one who lives between the law and his own personal code. In times of crisis, when the law proves inadequate, the liminal outlaw moves amid the social imperatives of the community and his innate, sense of right and wrong. While society requires his services, he necessarily remains apart from it in self-preservation. The modern outlaw hero of film and television is rooted in the knight errant, whose violent exploits are tempered by his solitude and devotion to a higher ideal. In Hollywood classics such as Casablanca (1942) and Shane (1953), and in early series like The Lone Ranger (1949-1957) and Have Gun-Will Travel (1957-1963), he reconciles for audiences the conflicting impulse to retain individual freedom while serving a larger cause. Urban westerns like the Dirty Harry and Death Wish franchises, as well as action icons like Rambo and Batman, testify to his enduring popularity. This book examines the liminal outlaw hero's origins in medieval romance, his survival in the mythology of the Hollywood western and his incarnations in the urban western and modern action film.

Film, TV & DramaFilms, cinemaFilm: styles & genresFilm, TV & DramaTelevision Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc Publication Date: 30/03/2016 ISBN-13: 9780786479887  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Rebecca A. Umland is a professor of English at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, USA where she teaches courses in British and World Literature. She has also published book chapters and articles on the films of David Lynch, world cinema, Arthurian Legend, and Victorian Literature.

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