Genre Analysis

of the Genre

Westerns &
Mob Movies

Race, Gender,
and Class

The Postmodern




Works Cited &
Films Referenced


Quicktime 4.2MB

Real 1.4MB


What Choice?
Subculture Films, Naturalization, and the Postmodern Condition

This website is a Master’s Thesis for the American Studies program at Washington State University, created by Matt McDowall. I am currently working on a more condensed, less theoretical version, and will link to it from here when it’s complete. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions (especially suggestions of films to consider), please feel free to
e-mail me.

A note on the media:
I have included both Quicktime and RealMedia versions of all the movie clips. I recommend using the RealMedia clips, because they are smaller (will download faster) and also because in my opinion they look and sound much better. I have included the Quicktime versions because that format is native on Macintosh machines, and I don’t like to require people to install new software if I don’t have to. I will be including Windows Media versions soon, for the same reason.
    If you do find that you want or need to install software to watch the clips, I highly recommend installing RealPlayer 8 rather than RealOne or any more recent versions of the software. RealPlayer 8 will play these and most other clips, and isn’t as intrusive as the more recent offerings from that company. You can download RealPlayer 8 at the
RealNetworks Legacy Software Archive.