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New Faculty Books                                                      

Kollin Captivating Westerns coverThe newest addition to Dr. Susan Kollin's impressive body of work, Captivating Westerns (University of Nebraska Press, 2015) analyzes key moments in the history of multicultural encounters between the Middle East and the American West. In particular, the book examines how experiences of contact and conflict have played a role in defining the western US as a crucial American landscape and the cowboy hero as a powerful national symbol. The chapters address a diverse range of texts, from Iraq war novels to post-9/11 Western films, and from the popular musical Oklahoma! to a contemporary YouTube music video from Kuwait.