Reading Deadwood:

  A Western to Swear By

 

Edited by David Lavery

Table of Contents

 

Deadwood on the HBO WebsiteDeadwood Episode Guide | Deadwood Episodes by Title | Deadwood Episodes by Writer | Deadwood Episodes by Director

Reading Deadwood: A Western to Swear By, edited by David Lavery, will be published in 2006 by I. B. Tauris in the "Reading Contemporary Television" series edited by Janet McCabe and Kim Akass. The deadline has now passed for submitting proposal. Go here to open and print a PDF version of the CFP. To be placed on an e-mail list for news about the book, send an e-mail to david.lavery@gmail.com. Be sure to put "Deadwood e-mail list" in the subject line.

 

 

Table of Contents

 

"They’s developments that need interpretatin’ on every front.”

Dan Dority in “Complications” (2.5)

"We’ll hire some great minds to do the heavy lifting."

Maddie in "A Lie Agreed Upon," Part II (2.2)

 

David Lavery (Middle Tennessee State University, USA). Introduction. Deadwood, David Milch, and Television Creativity


Characters

Al Swearengen:

  • Jason Jacobs (Griffith U, AUS). Al Swearengen, Philosopher King

  • Kim Akass (U North London, UK). You Motherfucker: Al Swearengen's Oedipal Dilemma

Shawn McIntosh (Rutgers U, USA). Six Shooters and the Fourth Estate: A.W. Merrick and Deadwood's Information Society

Douglas Howard (SUNY Suffolk, USA). Why Wild Bill Hickok Had to Die


The Women of Deadwood

Janet McCabe (Manchester Metropolitan U, UK). Myth Maketh the Woman: Calamity Jane and the Myth of the West

Kathleen E. R. Smith (Northwestern State U of Louisiana, USA). Whores, Ladies, and Calamity Jane: Western Gender Roles and the Women of HBO’s Deadwood

 


Deadwood and Genre

Amanda Klein (U Pittsburgh, USA). “The Horse Doesn’t Get a Credit”: The Foregrounding of Generic Syntax in Deadwood’s Opening Credits 

Joseph Millichap (Western Kentucky U, USA). David Milch, Robert Penn Warren, and the Literary Contexts of Deadwood

Sean O’Sullivan (Clemson U, USA). Old, New, Borrowed, Blue: Deadwood and Serial Fiction

 


Politics, Language, Race

David Drysdale (U Northern British Columbia, CAN). “Laws and Every other Damn Thing”: Authority, Bad Faith, and the Unlikely Success of Deadwood 

Paul Wright & Hai Lin Zhou (Villanova U, USA). Divining the “Celestials”: The Chinese Subculture of Deadwood

G. Christopher Williams (U Wisconsin Stevens Point, USA). Pimp and Whore: The Necessity of Perverse Domestication in the Development of the Western


The Body in Deadwood

Erin Hill (UCLA, USA). "What's Afflictin' You?": Corporeality, Body Crises and the Body Politic in Deadwood

David Scott Diffrient (University of Michigan, USA). Deadwood Dick: The Western (Phallus) Reinvented


Appendix A: Deadwood Episode Guide

Appendix B: Deadwood Cast List

Appendix C: A Deadwood Encyclopedia

Notes

Bibliography

Index

 

 

 

Deadwood Episode Guide

#

Season #

Air Date

Title

Writer

Director

1

1001

3|21|04

Deadwood

David Milch

Walter Hill

2

1002

3|28|05

Deep Water

Malcolm MacRury

Davis Guggenheim

3

1003

4|4|04

Reconnoitering the Rim

Jody Worth

Davis Guggenheim

4

1004

4|11|04

Here was a Man

Elizabeth Sarnoff

Alan Taylor

5

1005

4|18|04

The Trial of Jack McCall

John Belluso

Ed Bianchi

6

1006

4|25|04

Plague

Malcolm MacRury

Davis Guggenheim

7

1007

5|2|04

Bullock Returns to the Camp

Jody Worth

Michael Engler

8

1008

6|9|04

Suffer the Little Children

Elizabeth Sarnoff

Dan Minahan

9

1009

5|16|04

No Other Sons or Daughters

George Putnam

Ed Bianchi

10

1010

5|23|04

Mr. Wu

Bryan McDonald

Dan Minahan

11

1011

6|6|04

Jewell's Boot is Made for Walking

Ricky Jay

Steve Shill

12

1012

6|13|04

Sold Under Sin

Ted Mann

Davis Guggenheim

13

2001

3|6|05

A Lie Agreed Upon

David Milch

Ed Bianchi

14

2002

3|13|05

A Lie Agreed Upon (2)

Jody Worth

Ed Bianchi

15

2003

3|20|05

New Money

Elizabeth Sarnoff

Steve Shill

16

2004

3|27|05

Requiem for a Gleet

Ted Mann

Alan Taylor

17

2005

4|3|05

Complications

Victoria Morrow

Gregg Fienberg

18

2006

4|10|05

Something Very Expensive

Steve Shill

Steve Shill

19

2007

4|17|05

E. B. Was Left Out

Jody Worth

Michael Almereyda

20

2008

4|24|05

Childish Things

Regina Corrado

Timothy Van Patten

21

2009

5|1|05

Amalgamation and Capital

Elizabeth Sarnoff

Ed Bianchi

22

2010

5|8|05

Advances, None Miraculous

Sara Hess

Dan Minahan

23

2011

5|15|05

The Whores Can Come

Bryan McDonald

Gregg Fienberg

24

2012

5|22|05

Boy the Earth Talks To

Ted Mann

Ed Bianchi

 

Deadwood Episodes by Title

# | Season # | Air Date | Title | Writer | Director

13 | 2001 | 3|6|2005 | A Lie Agreed Upon | David Milch | Ed Bianchi

14 | 2002 | 3|13|2005 | A Lie Agreed Upon (2) | Jody Worth | Ed Bianchi

22 | 2010 | 5|8|2005 | Advances, None Miraculous | Sara Hess | Dan Minahan

21 | 2009 | 5|1|2005 | Amalgamation and Capital | Elizabeth Sarnoff | Ed Bianchi

24 | 2012 | 5|22|2005 | Boy the Earth Talks To | Ted Mann | Ed Bianchi

7 | 1007 | 5|2|2004 | Bullock Returns to the Camp | Jody Worth | Michael Engler

20 | 2008 | 4|24|05 | Childish Things | Regina Corrado | Timothy Van Patten

17 | 2005 | 4|3|2005 | Complications | Victoria Morrow | Gregg Fienberg

1 | 1001 | 3|21|04 | Deadwood | David Milch | Walter Hill

2 | 1002 | 3|28|05 | Deep Water | Malcolm MacRury | Davis Guggenheim

19 | 2007 | 4|17|2005 | E.B. Was Left Out | Jody Worth | Michael Almereyda

4 | 1004 | 4|11|2004 | Here was a Man | Elizabeth Sarnoff | Alan Taylor

11 | 1011 | 6|6|2004 | Jewell's Boot is Made for Walking | Ricky Jay | Steve Shill

10 | 1010 | 5|23|2004 | Mr. Wu | Bryan McDonald | Dan Minahan

15 | 2003 | 3|20|2005 | New Money | Elizabeth Sarnoff | Steve Shill

9 | 1009 | 5|16|2004 | No Other Sons or Daughters | George Putnam | Ed Bianchi

6 | 1006 | 4|25|2004 | Plague | Malcolm MacRury | Davis Guggenheim

3 | 1003 | 4|4|2004 | Reconnoitering the Rim | Jody Worth | Davis Guggenheim

16 | 2004 | 3|27|2005 | Requiem for a Gleet | Ted Mann | Alan Taylor

12 | 1012 | 6|13|2004 | Sold Under Sin | Ted Mann | Davis Guggenheim

18 | 2006 | 4|10|2005 | Something Very Expensive | Steve Shill | Steve Shill

8 | 1008 | 6|9|2004 | Suffer the Little Children | Elizabeth Sarnoff | Dan Minahan

5 | 1005 | 4|18|2004 | The Trial of Jack McCall | John Belluso | Ed Bianchi

23 | 2011 | 5|15|2005 | The Whores Can Come | Bryan McDonald | Gregg Fienberg

 

Deadwood Writers and Directors

Deadwood Writers

# | Season # | Air Date | Title | Director

 

John Belluso

5 | 1005 | 4|18|2004 | The Trial of Jack McCall | Ed Bianchi

Regina Corrado

20 | 2008 | 4|24|05 | Childish Things | Timothy Van Patten

Sara Hess

22 | 2010 | 5|8|2005 | Advances, None Miraculous | Dan Minahan

Ricky Jay

11 | 1011 | 6|6|2004 | Jewell's Boot is Made for Walking | Steve Shill

Malcolm MacRury

2 | 1002 | 3|28|05 | Deep Water | Davis Guggenheim

6 | 1006 | 4|25|2004 | Plague | Davis Guggenheim

Ted Mann

12 | 1012 | 6|13|2004 | Sold Under Sin | Davis Guggenheim

16 | 2004 | 3|27|2005 | Requiem for a Gleet | Alan Taylor

24 | 2012 | 5|22|2005 | Boy the Earth Talks To | Ed Bianchi

Bryan McDonald

10 | 1010 | 5|23|2004 | Mr. Wu | Dan Minahan

23 | 2011 | 5|15|2005 | The Whores Can Come | Gregg Fienberg

David Milch

1 | 1001 | 3|21|04 | Deadwood

13 | 2001 | 3|6|2005 | A Lie Agreed Upon

Victoria Morrow

17 | 2005 | 4|3|2005 | Complications | Gregg Fienberg

George Putnam

9 | 1009 | 5|16|2004 | No Other Sons or Daughters | Ed Bianchi

Elizabeth Sarnoff

4 | 1004 | 4|11|2004 | Here was a Man | Alan Taylor

8 | 1008 | 6|9|2004 | Suffer the Little Children | Dan Minahan

15 | 2003 | 3|20|2005 | New Money | Steve Shill

21 | 2009 | 5|1|2005 | Amalgamation and Capital | Ed Bianchi

Steve Shill

18 | 2006 | 4|10|2005 | Something Very Expensive | Steve Shill

Jody Worth

3 | 1003 | 4|4|2004 | Reconnoitering the Rim | Davis Guggenheim

7 | 1007 | 5|2|2004 | Bullock Returns to the Camp | Michael Engler

14 | 2002 | 3|13|2005 | A Lie Agreed Upon (2) | Ed Bianchi

19 | 2007 | 4|17|2005 | E.B. Was Left Out | Michael Almereyda

Deadwood Directors

# | Season # | Air Date | Title | Writer

 

Michael Almereyda

19 | 2007 | 4|17|2005 | E.B. Was Left Out | Jody Worth

Ed Bianchi

5 | 1005 | 4|18|2004 | The Trial of Jack McCall | John Belluso

9 | 1009 | 5|16|2004 | No Other Sons or Daughters | George Putnam

13 | 2001 | 3|6|2005 | A Lie Agreed Upon | David Milch

14 | 2002 | 3|13|2005 | A Lie Agreed Upon (2) | Jody Worth

21 | 2009 | 5|1|2005 | Amalgamation and Capital | Elizabeth Sarnoff

24 | 2012 | 5|22|2005 | Boy the Earth Talks To | Ted Mann

Michael Engler

7 | 1007 | 5|2|2004 | Bullock Returns to the Camp | Jody Worth

Gregg Fienberg

17 | 2005 | 4|3|2005 | Complications | Victoria Morrow

23 | 2011 | 5|15|2005 | The Whores Can Come | Bryan McDonald

Davis Guggenheim

2 | 1002 | 3|28|05 | Deep Water | Malcolm MacRury

3 | 1003 | 4|4|2004 | Reconnoitering the Rim | Jody Worth

6 | 1006 | 4|25|2004 | Plague | Malcolm MacRury

12 | 1012 | 6|13|2004 | Sold Under Sin | Ted Mann

Walter Hill

1 | 1001 | 3|21|04 | Deadwood | David Milch

Dan Minahan

8 | 1008 | 6|9|2004 | Suffer the Little Children | Elizabeth Sarnoff

10 | 1010 | 5|23|2004 | Mr. Wu | Bryan McDonald

22 | 2010 | 5|8|2005 | Advances, None Miraculous | Sara Hess

Steve Shill

11 | 1011 | 6|6|2004 | Jewell's Boot is Made for Walking | Ricky Jay

15 | 2003 | 3|20|2005 | New Money | Elizabeth Sarnoff

18 | 2006 | 4|10|2005 | Something Very Expensive | Steve Shill

Alan Taylor

4 | 1004 | 4|11|2004 | Here was a Man | Elizabeth Sarnoff

16 | 2004 | 3|27|2005 | Requiem for a Gleet | Ted Mann

Timothy Van Patten

20 | 2008 | 4|24|05 | Childish Things | Regina Corrado

 

 

David Lavery is the author of over a hundred published essays and reviews and author/co-author/editor/co-editor of eleven books: Late for the Sky: The Mentality of the Space Age (Southern Illinois U P, 1992), Full of Secrets: Critical Approaches to Twin Peaks (Wayne State U P, 1994), ‘Deny All Knowledge’: Reading The X-Files (Syracuse U P, 1996), Fighting the Forces: What’s at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002), Teleparody: Predicting/Preventing the TV Discourse of Tomorrow (Wallflower, Columbia U P, 2002), This Thing of Ours: Investigating The Sopranos (Wallflower, Columbia U P, 2002), Unlocking the Meaning of Lost: An Unauthorized Guide (Sourcebooks, 2006), Reading Deadwood: A Western to Swear By and Reading The Sopranos: Hit TV from HBO (both forthcoming in the Reading Contemporary Television Series, IB Tauris, 2006), Dear Angela: Remembering My So Called Life (forthcoming from Lexington Books, 2006), and Seinfeld, Master of Its Domain: Revisiting Television's Greatest Sitcom (forthcoming from Continuum Publishing, 2006). He is also at work on Wonder Boy: The Imagination of Joss Whedon, co-edits the e-journal Slayage: The Online International Journal of Buffy Studies, was the organizer of a major international conference on Buffy held in Nashville in May 2004, is one of the founding editors of the new journal Critical Studies in Television: Scholarly Studies of Small Screen Fictions, and will soon become the editor of Studies in Popular Culture. A guest on the BBC, National Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Scotland, VH1, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and a source for The New York Times, The Tennessean, Stitch, The Florida Times, The Hartford Courant, A Folha de Sao Paulo, and other publications, he has lectured around the world on the subject of television: invited talks at the Myths of Creativity and Dead Bodies. Presentation and Representation symposia at the University of Heidelberg (2001, 2005), at the Blood, Text, and Fears conference at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, and at the University of Cardiff, Wales; keynote addresses at the Sonic Synergies and Creative Cultures and Staking a Claim: Exploring the Global Reach of Buffy at the University of South Australia in Adelaide and at the Contemporary American Quality Television International Conference at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. To learn more about him, visit his home page at http://davidlavery.net/. His C.V (in PDF format) is available here.

 

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