Historical evidence suggests that a "cowboy cult of masculinity," charged with notions of freedom, chivalry, adventure, danger, and nostalgia, emerged in late nineteenth century America, at a time when perceptions of masculinity were undergoing profound change. Western art, film, and literature are the manifestations of such changing attitudes.
Selected works by artists Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell, author Theodore Roosevelt and director John Ford are considered in this study of cowboy masculinity. These works exerted a phenomenal degree of influence on both the social construct of the cowboy as a model for masculinity and on American culture. The narrative quality and immediacy of Western art and film compels audiences to identify with its cowboy hero, reinforcing a well-established stereotype of masculinity that remains pervasive in contemporary society.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
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