The Western

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
The Western
Fall 2023
Taught By: Geoffrey Lokke
Section: A

CRN: 16147

Credits: 4

This seminar charts twentieth- and twenty-first century revisions of the Western genre through a survey of Hollywood and independent film, theatre, music, experimental video and performance art, photography, painting, graphic novels, literary fiction, and life writing. Artists have repurposed the iconography of the frontier landscape, “Cowboys and Indians,” trusty steeds, sheriffs, shootouts, and beautiful women (with tragic pasts) to comment on enduring issues in American society, including histories of violence, cultural conflict, and political upheaval. The course reads together a number of high-profile queer and postcolonial appropriations, expressionist deconstructions, and sardonic cash-ins from artists such as Robert Altman, Matthew Barney, Chester Brown, Joel and Ethan Coen, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Sergio Leone, Marie Losier, Sterlin Harjo, Cormac McCarthy, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Sam Shepard, Quentin Tarantino, Andy Warhol, and Chloé Zhao.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (ART)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:58am EST 2/22/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm
Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th
Room: 458
Date Range: 8/28/2023 - 12/11/2023