Master of Arts (MA)
Number of Pages
This study examines two recent gay-themed films (Philadelphia and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar) using Fisher's Narrative Theory. The researcher wants to discover how the films gained success given their controversial themes. The films are analyzed based on the presence of Reich's cultural myths and Reike and Sillars' value systems. The purpose is to show how the presence of elements in the films, that Americans already accept as true, makes the newer, controversial elements more engaging. The study finds an overwhelming presence of cultural myths and value systems that qualifies both films as persuasive devices. Background on popular opinion toward homosexuals as well as homosexual themes in other forms of media is also included.
Apple; Baseball; Current; Drag; Element; Films; Gay; Persuasive; Pie; Queens; Themed
Motion pictures--Study and teaching
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
https://doi.org/10.25669/rbh4-fsz3 processed, response: 201
Higdon, Michael Jordan, "Apple pie, baseball and drag queens: The persuasive elements in current gay-themed films" (1996). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 3277.