Title

Striking a Pose: Annie Oakley as the Madonna of Western Performance

Publication Year

1996

Keywords

Annie Oakley, American West, culture, icons, women

Disciplines

American Popular Culture | Cultural History | United States History | Women's History | Women's Studies

Abstract

In the cultural ideology of the American West, the iconography of the rugged miner, the wild Indian, and the brave prairie scout remain popular, although misconstrued, perceptions. American culture has long identified the West as a preserve for white maleness, where the masculine hero uses his own power ti intimidate and conquer the inferior "other". Popular images, portrayed in various forms of media, communicate an ideology of the West that "celebrates a particular, and gendered, form of American identity."

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