Hollywood ImagesPresenter: Susan Kollin

Date: Monday, Dec. 14

Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: C’mon Inn

Side Trip Info: While very few of us take the Western seriously as a way to find out about the facts of US history of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, audiences may discover important truths about the meanings assigned to America in the present era by watching such films. In fact, the myths encoded in Westerns themselves tell us a great deal about the dominant national imagination and about American nostalgia for lost times and places. In this Side Trip, we will view film clips from iconic Westerns in an effort to deepen our understanding of national dreams and desires as well as our individual and collective identities as Americans.

Instructor Bio:
Susan KollinSusan Kollin is Professor of English at Montana State University where she teaches courses on western American fiction and film. She has published widely on the Western and has a book forthcoming this fall from the University of Nebraska Press, entitled Captivating Westerns: The Middle East in the American West. She is also editor of the scholarly volume, A History of Western American Literature, which will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2015.



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