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Whitney Crothers Dilley

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167734

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167734.001.0001

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Race, Gender, Class, and Social Identity in Ride with the Devil

Race, Gender, Class, and Social Identity in Ride with the Devil

(p.107) Eight Race, Gender, Class, and Social Identity in Ride with the Devil
The Cinema of Ang Lee

Whitney Crothers Dilley

Columbia University Press

This chapter explores the themes of race, gender, class, and social identity in Ride with the Devil (1999). Based on Daniel Woodrell's novel Woe to Live On (1987), Ride with the Devil marks Lee's initial foray into the genre of Civil War epic. Set in the border states of Kansas and Missouri, the film explores the nature of lawlessness and violence of war fought on the periphery through the eyes and thoughts of a sixteen-year-old lad. Lee stays true to the period by working with a script rife with the metaphors and allusions of the American Civil War, creating a film with daring poetic style. In addition to racial tension, class issues, and gender and sexuality, the film tackles love and marriage as well as the fragmentary nature of the narrative, globalization/cultural identity, etc. One of the most compelling aspects of Ride with the Devil for the viewer is its intricate use of language. The film is very compelling, and the band of young protagonists continues to hold its appeal.

Keywords:   race, gender, class, social identity, Ride with the Devil, Daniel Woodrell, Woe to Live On, American Civil War

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