Costume Drama and the Western

I have a post over on The Guardian book blog contrasting the flexibility of the Western as a channel for national stories with British nineteenth-century novels and the costume dramas adapted from them:

When it comes to national narratives Americans have it easier than the British. Pick a few good-looking actors, let them grow stubble, add fake tan, a glisten of sweat, stick them on horseback in period clothing and you have a western. … more

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