Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 October 2018

280 Pages | 26 black & white illustrations

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9781526126160

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Gunslinging justice

The American culture of gun violence in Westerns and the law

First Edition

Justin A. Joyce

Published by Manchester University Press

  • A timely and highly original examination of the representation of gun violence in Western films and literature
  • Presents a clear and accessible history of the American legal system's treatment of gun rights and self-defence
  • Weaves together several fields and disciplines, without resorting to abstruse jargon, in a layered and nuanced cultural history of America's fraught endorsement of gun violence
  • Provides a rich overview of the Western genre's impact on cultural and legal history, while offering insightful new analyses of canonical films and texts
  • Interdisciplinary appeal; scholars and students of film studies, American Studies, gender studies, cultural studies and law/jurisprudence will find this study of great interest

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