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ERIC Number: EJ780285
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0275-7664
"Deadwood" and the English Language
Benz, Brad
Great Plains Quarterly, v27 n4 p239-251 Fall 2007
In "The New Language of the Old West," "Deadwood"'s creator and executive producer David Milch offers an extended exposition of the television show's language: "Language--both obscene and complicated--was one of the few resources of society that was available to these people.... It's very well documented that the obscenity of the West was striking, but the obscenity of mining camps was unbelievable, and there was a reason for that which had to do with the very fundamental quality of their behavior. They were raping the land. They weren't growing anything. They weren't respecting the cycles of nature. They were taking." The "obscene and complicated" vernaculars spoken on "Deadwood" have garnered much critical attention. Sean O'Sullivan characterizes "Deadwood"'s discourse as a "new style in which Milch fuses the mannered sentence structure of Victorian speech with the colloquialisms and "low" speech of the West."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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