By Leigh Clemons
Ask a person to call an archetypal Texan, and you are prone to get a larger-than-life personality from movie or tv (say John Wayne's Davy Crockett or J. R. Ewing of TV's Dallas) or a political candidate with that convinced swagger (think LBJ or George W. Bush). that every one of those figures are white and male and bursting with self-confidence isn't any twist of fate, asserts Leigh Clemons. during this considerate research of what makes a "Texan," she unearths how Texan identification grew out of the history—and, much more, the myth—of the heroic deeds played by means of Anglo males throughout the Texas Revolution and the years of the Republic and the way this identification is developed and maintained by means of theatre and different representational practices.
Clemons appears to be like at quite a lot of venues within which "Texanness" is played, together with ancient websites corresponding to the Alamo, the battlefield at Goliad, and the San Jacinto Monument; museums comparable to the Bob Bullock Texas kingdom heritage Museum; seasonal outdoors dramas akin to Texas! at Palo Duro Canyon; motion pictures similar to John Wayne's The Alamo and the IMAX's Alamo: the cost of Freedom; performs and television indicates corresponding to the Tuna trilogy, Dallas, and King of the Hill; and the Cavalcade of Texas functionality on the 1936 Texas Centennial. She persuasively demonstrates that those performances have created a Texan id that has turn into a model, a commodity that may be bought to the general public or even manipulated for political purposes.
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