In Conversation: The Frontier Myth, Cowboys & Indians
Past event archive
30 May 2013, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
- Late Shift
Wash-Ka-Mon-Ya Fast Dancer
by Isaac by George Catlin, 1844
© Smithsonian American Art Museum,
Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr
Dr Karen Jones and Dr Padraig Kirwan discuss how the popular mythology of cowboys and Indians was created, and its impact today.
Dr Karen Jones is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Kent, who specialises in the History of the American West, Environmental History and Animal Studies. She is co-author of The American West: Competing Visions, which explores the popular appeal of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the life and after-life of Calamity Jane, cowboy mythology and the American Presidency.
Dr Padraig Kirwan is Lecturer in the Literature of the Americas at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research focuses on tribal writers' engagement with various forms of political, cultural and artistic sovereignty. His book, Sovereign Stories: Aesthetics, Autonomy and Contemporary
Native America Writing, will be published later this year.