Women Professionals in 1930s’ Film: Westerns in the Context of the Progressive Age and the New Deal Gender Politics

  • Mark E. Wildermuth


This chapter shows how certain pro-feminist Westerns of the 1930s resist the sexist reaction against first-wave feminism by representing female protagonists who revive gender ideology inherited from the earlier Progressive era.

Works Cited

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Literature and LanguagesUniversity of Texas of the Permian BasinOdessaUSA

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