Award Date

1-1-1996

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Communication Studies

Number of Pages

74

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Apple; Baseball; Current; Drag; Element; Films; Gay; Persuasive; Pie; Queens; Themed

Controlled Subject

Motion pictures--Study and teaching

File Format

pdf

File Size

1720.32 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/rbh4-fsz3 processed, response: 201


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