By Leigh Clemons
Ask a person to call an archetypal Texan, and you are more likely 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 yes 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 coincidence, asserts Leigh Clemons. during this considerate learn 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 way of Anglo males in the course of the Texas Revolution and the years of the Republic and the way this identification is built and maintained by means of theatre and different representational practices.
Clemons appears at quite a lot of venues during which "Texanness" is played, together with old websites resembling the Alamo, the battlefield at Goliad, and the San Jacinto Monument; museums similar to the Bob Bullock Texas kingdom historical past Museum; seasonal outdoors dramas equivalent to Texas! at Palo Duro Canyon; movies corresponding to John Wayne's The Alamo and the IMAX's Alamo: the cost of Freedom; performs and television exhibits similar 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 identification 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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