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Dirty Words in “Deadwood” showcases literary analyses of the Deadwood television series by leading western American literary critics. Whereas previous reaction to the series has largely addressed the question of historical accuracy rather than intertextuality or literary complexity, Melody Graulich and Nicolas S. Witschi’s edited volume brings a much-needed perspective to Deadwood’s representation of the frontier West.

As Graulich observes in her introduction: “With its emotional coherence, compelling characterizations, compressed structural brilliance, moral ambiguity, language experiments, interpretation of the past, relevance to the present, and engagement with its literary forebears, Deadwood is an aesthetic triumph as historical fiction and, like much great literature, makes a case for the humanistic value of storytelling.” From previously unpublished interviews with series creator David Milch to explorations of sexuality, disability, cinematic technique, and western narrative, this collection focuses on Deadwood as a series ultimately about the imagination, as a verbal and visual construct, and as a literary masterpiece that richly rewards close analysis and interpretation.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. 4-4
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. pp. 5-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction: Deadwood’s Barbaric Yawp: Sharing a Literary Heritage
  2. pp. xiii-liv
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  1. Deadwood Episodes
  2. pp. lv-lviii
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  1. Deadwood Cast
  2. pp. lix-lx
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  1. 1. David Milch at Yale
  2. pp. 1-17
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  1. 2. Last Words in Deadwood
  2. pp. 18-43
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  1. 3. The Thinking of Al Swearengen’s Body: Kidney Stones, Pigpens, and Burkean Catharsis in Deadwood
  2. pp. 44-71
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  1. 4. “Land of Oblivion”: Abjection, Broken Bodies, and the Western Narrative in Deadwood
  2. pp. 72-103
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  1. 5. The Final Stamp: Deadwood and the Gothic American Frontier
  2. pp. 104-123
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  1. 6. “Down These Mean Streets”: Film Noir, Deadwood, Cinematic Space, and the Irruption of Genre Codes
  2. pp. 124-140
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  1. 7. “Right or Wrong, You Side with Your Feelings”
  2. pp. 141-164
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  1. 8. “A Brooding and Dangerous Soul”: Deadwood's Imperfect Music
  2. pp. 165-183
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  1. 9. Calamity Jane and Female Masculinity in Deadwood
  2. pp. 184-207
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  1. 10. Queer Spaces and Emotional Couplings in Deadwood
  2. pp. 208-235
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  1. 11. Who Put the Gun into the Whore’s Hand? Disability in Deadwood
  2. pp. 236-268
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 269-280
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 281-284
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 285-294
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780803264892
Print ISBN
9780803264748
MARC Record
OCLC
842881077
Pages
368
Launched on MUSE
2013-08-12
Language
English
Open Access
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