Modernizing the Greek Tragedy: Clint Eastwood's Impact on the Western

Date of Award


Author Requested Restriction

Open Access (no embargo, no restriction)

Work Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS)


Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

First Advisor

Claudia Gorbman

Second Advisor

E. Joseph Sharkey


A thesis on Clint Eastwood's impact on the Western Film Genre. It discusses how Eastwood's acting and directing relate to classical Greek literature. It compares and contrasts Eastwood's Western hero to classical Greek heores, in particular the Athenian Theseus. And it argues that the Western is not dead, but that it is immortal.