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By J. Douglas Canfield

Twentieth-century authors and filmmakers have created a pantheon of mavericks―some macho, others angst-ridden―who usually pass a metaphorical boundary one of the literal ones of Anglo, local American, and Hispanic cultures. Douglas Canfield examines the concept that of borders, defining them because the area among states and cultures and ideologies, and makes a speciality of those border crossings as a key characteristic of novels and movies concerning the region.

Canfield starts within the previous Southwest of Faulkner's Mississippi, addressing the matter of slavery; travels west to North Texas and the notorious Gainesville putting of Unionists in the course of the Civil conflict; after which follows scalpers into the Southwest Borderlands. He then turns to the world of the Gadsden buy, identified for its outlaws and Indian wars, earlier than heading south of the border for the Yaqui persecution and the Mexican Revolution.

Alongside such famous works as Go Down Moses, The Wild Bunch, damaged Arrow, Gringo Viejo, and Blood Meridian, Canfield discusses novels and movies that inform both compelling tales of the sector. Protagonists face quite a few id crises as they try border crossings into different cultures or mindsets―some entire winning crossings, a few move local, and a few fail. He analyzes figures akin to Geronimo, document Holliday, and Billy the child along much less established mavericks as they fight for id, goal, and justice.

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