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This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

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Outlaws out West: The Shared Romance of Vikings and Cowboys

24th August 2011, 17:30 to 18:30, Alington House, Durham, Richard Moss

A Late Summer Public Lecture organised by postgraduates in the Department of English Studies.

This presentation will chart the links between themes of masculinity and the figure of the ‘outlaw’, drawing from Norse literature and the Western movie genre. By focusing on the concepts of pioneership, individualism and outlawhood in the Icelandic Sagas (Egilssaga) the paper will attempt to outline how these concepts transfer into the genre movies. It will be argued that the image of the lone hero put forward (mostly by Clint Eastwood) in Western movie genre echos the literature of the heroic age in films such as Hang ‘em High (1968), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). The goal of the presentation will be to show that the typical ‘frontier spirit’ posited by American culture is also present in other cultures and literary genres.

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