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Annie Oakley, Calamity Jane and the Myth of the West

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Title: Annie Oakley, Calamity Jane and the Myth of the West
Author: Reece, Amy
Advisor(s): Hutton, Paul
Committee Member(s): Cahill, Cathleen
Scharff, Virginia
Department: University of New Mexico. Dept. of History
Subject: American West, history, women's history
LC Subject(s): Oakley, Annie, 1860-1926
Calamity Jane, 1852-1903
Myth--Social aspects--United States--History--20th century
Women--West (U.S.)--History
Degree Level: Masters
Abstract: This paper examines the lives and legends of two of the most iconic women of the Old West, Annie Oakley and Calamity Jane. The focus of this study is not biography, however, rather a look at how they fit into the classic myth of the West, as envisioned by Henry Nash Smith. A review of the major literature on all three topics is followed by biographical information on both women, including the evolution of their legend. The final section of the paper analyzes how Oakley and Calamity Jane fit into and embody various aspects of the myth, Oakley representing the Garden of the World, while Calamity Jane is the Desert. This study opens the way for future work in gender in the West that examines the way some women challenged the existing power structure and male domination in the West.
Graduation Date: May 2011
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/12825


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