Hey, compadres… a year or two ago, we had a conversation here about what films I would use in my class I was teaching on the History of the American West. My administrator was so impressed by the overall construction of the class that he and I are now developing a new class… The American West in Film and Literature, a 15 week course. I don’t have much of a problem with the film part, but I’m trying to think of the best literature selections. As much as I’d love to cover Lonesome Dove, it’s just too damn big - it would be a course unto itself.
So far, I’m thinking of: The Virginian, The Oxbow Incident, an old dime novel if I can get a digital copy of one (anyone help me with this?), and perhaps something more in the popular vein, such as Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour. This is a community college level course.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Thanks.