Award Date

1-1-1996

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

Number of Pages

85

Abstract

Popular culture consists of the events and artifacts of which everyday life is composed. In McTeague: A Story of San Francisco, the popular culture of 1890's working class San Franciscans is reported by Frank Norris with scrupulous accuracy. In twentieth century versions of McTeague, popular culture continues to be employed in innovative ways. Erich von Stroheim in Greed expands on Norris's use of popular culture in an attempt to create on film a mirror reflection of life. In the opera McTeague, William Bolcom and Robert Altman combine popular culture with elite culture in unconventional ways to bring the story to the musical stage. Finally, on television, in The Real McTeague, unconventional techniques are employed by Robert Altman to tell a multimedia tale with a moral.

Keywords

Bolcom; Culture; Erich Von Stroheim; Opera; Popular; Robert Altman Stroheim; Television; William Bolcom; Opera; Television

Controlled Subject

American literature; Motion pictures--Study and teaching; Music; Mass media

File Format

pdf

File Size

1781.76 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/ye6a-teps


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