Letters to the Editors

Professor Stephen Tanner
I just got around to reading the latest Studies in the Western[vol. XXI, 2013]. I want to tell you how much I enjoyed your articles ... the depth of your resaerch is admirable ... I found myself saying "ride on" over and over again. I can't imagine two better articles to signal the 25th anniversary of the association. They epitomize the quality of work the organization stands for.

Marck Eickhoff,
ZDF Mainz
Ich wünsche Ihnen ... erkenntnisreiche Tage im Kreise der Westernliebhaber und freue mich auf die Berichte im nächsten Heft. Ich hoffe, dass Sie trotz der allgemein angespannten Lage ... die Forschungen fortsetzen können und so das Bewusstsein für den Western ... aufrechterhalten.

Professor Sanford E. Marovitz

It's gratifying to know that some of the essays that evolved from papers I delivered at those round-ups were revised and published in STUDIES IN THE WESTERN and that they're now being considered for reprinting in that durable annual.  In fact, it's more than gratifying; it's an honor to have the value of my research sustained and confirmed, and I'm very grateful to the editors for distinguishing it in that way.  Your reference to the photo taken at Erfurt reminded us of the pleasure we had at that memorable conference--not least that it was held in such a splendid old city.

The current Studies in the Western [vol. XXI, 2013] annual is a jim-dandy, and we're thrilled to have it.

I wish to commend the German Association for the Study of the Western, with its headquarters at the University of Muenster. I have been associated with this organization for eight years and have greatly benefited from the quality scholarship it encourages and publishes in Studies in the Western. This association fills a unique niche in the study of the American West. The Western Literature Association, to which I have belonged for some 35 years, did much in its early years to stimulate scholarly interest in the Western genre; but that organization and its journal, Western American Literature, have evolved in directions that have caused both the group and the journal to abandon a focus on Westerns. The German Association for the Study of the Western (GASW) is the only group actively furthering study of the Western, a genre that has worldwide significance beyond its importance as a manifestation of the American character. Some of the greatest expertise in this field of study is found in the GASW. Many of my American colleagues are surprised to discover this fact because of their expectation that Americans rather than Germans would be best informed in this area.
As a matter of fact, the GASW has done much to promote interaction and cooperation between American and German writers and scholars. I first met members of the GASW at an international symposium on the Western in Fort Worth, Texas in 1998. In 2004 I was pleased to host six members of the GASW at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah for a symposium on "The West in the European Imagination." This was done in cooperation with the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, an important research institution. I hope to see this kind of interchange increase.
Through the GASW I have become acquainted with students from the University of Muenster's English Seminar who have a special interest in the American West. I am impressed with the quality of their work. In visiting the library of Western materials in Muenster, I was surprised and pleased to find such a rich and unique collection of resource material for study of the Western. It is well worth preserving and augmenting.
In short, I hope the emphasis on and resources for study of the Western developed so ably in Muenster by Professor Peter Bischoff and his' associates will continue and expand.


Stephen L. Tanner, Ralph A. Britsch Humanities Professor of English Emeritus, Brigham Young University

I attended the recent conference of the German Association for the Study of the Western, "Die Apachen im Western", and would like to express my appreciation for the well chosen papers and the stimulating discussions as well as the excellent organization of the event. I attend several national and often international conferences every year but, over the years, I have found the annual meeting of the German Association for the Study of the Western outstanding.
The range of topics covered in this year's papers was especially outstanding and covered everything from literary theory to close readings of individual westerns. Each presentation was followed by a very lively discussion of the ideas presented, and the "Symposium" offered another venue to explore ideas about the portrayals of Apache Indians in westerns and other writings. The level of participation and enthusiasm was amazing to me. I came away with the resolve to do more scholarly research on the topic.
Permit me also to express my appreciation of the library and research center that you have created at the University of Muenster. The collection of westerns and related materials is truly amazing and will continue to serve literary scholars in their academic research in the future. You have some remarkable treasures in your collection. I especially appreciate that you will lend the books out on request. The University of Muenster is fortunate in housing such an interesting and important collection.
I would also like to take the opportunity to congratulate you on having GASW's journal as part of the Library of Congress collection. It certainly testifies to the superior quality of the journal. I am proud to have published in Studies in the Western.
Thank you again for the wonderful conference, and I am anticipating next year's meetings with great pleasure.

Professor Birgit Hans, Chair of Department of Indian Studies, University of North Dakota

The double issue of Studies in the Western is an impressive achievement. The special portion, examining western film and other representations, is as stimulating a collection of essays as I have read on the subject. Your essays on the Swiss and German painters (Peter B.) and the realities of Western film (Peter N.) were absorbing. I'm pleased to know the names of Friederich Kurz and Gustavus Sohon, and I applaud your discussion of the Western as an ecological genre; it is inseparable from time, landscape, and climate.
Your joint examination of The Missing gives helpful insights into a disturbing film, while Christian Krug's contemplation of the changing depiction of violence is truly revealing; I still recall flinching in the theater when Karl Maiden crushed Marlon Brando's hand with a rifle butt in One-Eyed Jacks. So: this is an issue of the annual you can be proud of, and it will go on my reference shelf for ready consultation.

Fred Erisman, Professor Emeritus, Texas Christian University