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The Western and Western Drama: John Ford's "The Searchers" and the "Oresteia"

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This paper explores the connections between John Ford's Western, "The Searchers," and Aeschylus' tragic trilogy, the "Oresteia." Both are revenge tragedies and use the theme to explore the relation between political and pre-political association. Both deal with the contrast between civilization and barbarism, and explore the way a number of border figures tragically move between the two states.

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Cantor, Paul. "The Western and Western Drama: John Ford's "The Searchers" and the "Oresteia"" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Hyatt Regency Chicago and the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, Chicago, IL, Aug 30, 2007 <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p210563_index.html>

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Cantor, P. A. , 2007-08-30 "The Western and Western Drama: John Ford's "The Searchers" and the "Oresteia"" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Hyatt Regency Chicago and the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, Chicago, IL Online <PDF>. 2013-12-15 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p210563_index.html

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Abstract: This paper explores the connections between John Ford's Western, "The Searchers," and Aeschylus' tragic trilogy, the "Oresteia." Both are revenge tragedies and use the theme to explore the relation between political and pre-political association. Both deal with the contrast between civilization and barbarism, and explore the way a number of border figures tragically move between the two states.

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DRAFT VERSION NOT FOR QUOTATION OR PUBLICATION This essay has not yet been fully annotated; it does not yet fully acknowledge the extent of my scholarly debts. Prepared for delivery at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association August 30th-September 2nd 2007. THE WESTERN AND WESTERN DRAMA: JOHN FORD’S THE SEARCHERS AND THE ORESTEIA Paul A. Cantor Visiting Professor of Government Harvard University A wanderer a fugitive driven off his native land he will come home
by the Ethan figure (who is named Amos in the book; Le May 67). 16 This is the central theme of Ford’s later classic The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance in which John Wayne again plays the heroic but flawed warrior who must incorporate some of the barbarism that threatens civilization in order to combat it. He dies rejected and neglected by the very community he saved because it cannot make room for a man of his roughness and


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