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Dr Pete Falconer

BA(Warw.), MA(Warw.), PHD(Warw.)

  • BS8 1LN


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Research interests

My research interests revolve around the forms and genres of popular cinema, particularly Hollywood cinema.  The genre on which I have worked most extensively is the Western, but I have also written on horror films and other areas of popular culture, including country music.  My ongoing emphasis on film criticism and aesthetics is reflected on my published pieces on individual Westerns (Winchester ’73, The Wonderful Country and Appaloosa), which variously develop my PhD work on melancholy in studio-era Hollywood Westerns and my interests in film violence, film style, popular music and the treatment and inflection of recurrent conventions across different movies.  My interest on melancholy and violence in Westerns is also an important context for my journal article, 'The night-time town as an alternative space in the Western genre’.

My current focus is on the “afterlife” of the Hollywood Western: the period since the genre ceased to be a regular feature of mainstream American filmmaking and the implications of this changed context for what remains of the genre.  I am writing a monograph which explores this topic in relation to a number of Westerns and Western-related works released since 1985.  I have also extended my discussion of the “afterlife” of the Western into other generic and historical contexts in my chapters for collections on Spaghetti Westerns and on time-travel in popular media.  This work has developed my interests in intertextuality and rhetoric in genre movies, which also form an important part of my monograph.

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Research Output

  • 6 Chapter in a book
  • 3 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 1 Authored book
  • 1 Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

The Afterlife of the Hollywood Western

Falconer, P., 22 Apr 2020, London: Palgrave Macmillan. 224 p.

Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book

  • Rio Bravo: Dude Walks Into a Saloon

    Falconer, P., 15 May 2017, In : Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism. 7, p. 10-17 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
    148 Downloads (Pure)

    A Solitary Theme Song from a Twenty-First Century Western

    Falconer, P., 15 Oct 2016, Critical Perspectives on the Western: From A Fistful of Dollars to Django Unchained. Broughton, L. (ed.). Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, p. 121-135 15 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

    Open Access
  • 14 Downloads (Pure)


    • 5 Festival, exhibition, performance
    • 4 Public talk, debate, discussion
    • 1 Invited talk


    Pete Falconer (Host)

    25 Mar 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesFestival, exhibition, performance


    Pete Falconer (Participant)

    2 Aug 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic talk, debate, discussion

    The Big Lebowski

    Pete Falconer (Host)

    24 Sep 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesFestival, exhibition, performance