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In 2001, Neil Gaiman published American Gods, a novel of American life and mythology. As a British author living in the United States, Gaiman has a powerful vantage point from which to critique American culture, landscape, and ideology. Rich with re-invented deities, legends, mythic creatures, and folk heroes cast in a decidedly American mold, American Gods examines the American character, evaluating the myths and beliefs of the culture from the vantage point of an outsider. By examining the characterâ€™s allegiance to particular cultural legacies (Wednesday as the American con artist, Shadow as the cowboy), I intend to assess this outsiderâ€™s understanding of what it means to be an American.
Hill, Mark, "Neil Gaiman's American Gods: An Outsider's Critique of American Culture" (2005). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. Paper 282.