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Dirty Harry's America: "Clint Eastwood, Harry Callahan, and the Conservative Backlash"

Joe Street


This book positions the Dirty Harry film series as a key agent and index of the American conservative backlash against 1960s liberalism. The San Francisco–based series cemented Clint Eastwood and his character, Harry Callahan, as central figures in 1970s and 1980s Hollywood cinema. This is the first study to identify the series as an important source for understanding the culture and politics of the post-1960s era. Through close readings of the films and the contemporary political climate, it demonstrates how the series interacts with, critiques, and refracts the legacy of postwar liberalism. ... More

Keywords: Dirty Harry, Clint Eastwood, Conservative backlash, Liberalism, San Francisco, 1970s, 1980s

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780813061672
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813061672.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joe Street, author
Northumbria University