Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures
Ph.D., Washington University
Project: Filling the Gaps: Classic, Italian and Revisionist Westerns
Filling the Gaps is a book-length project that presents an unconventional “history” of the western genre that spans from 1939 to the present. This study uses violence as a tool to highlight the differences between classic, Italian and revisionist westerns. The work aims at filling the many gaps that exist in the history of the western cinematic genre, at examining areas of the genre that have not yet been studied thoroughly and, above all, at analyzing the influence that a decade of Italian spaghetti had on the American westerns of the 70s. It also addresses the inadequacy of much English scholarship that has maintained that women are marginal in the western genre.