Master of Arts in Communication Studies
First Committee Member
David Henry, Co-Chair
Second Committee Member
Tara Emmers-Sommer, Co-Chair
Third Committee Member
Graduate Faculty Representative
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Gojira, commonly known as the "original" Godzilla movie, is a clear commentary on the horrors the Japanese people suffered during and after the dropping of nuclear bombs in their country at the end of World War II. The intent of this thesis is to demonstrate that Gojira is a rhetorical experience that permitted the Japanese to discuss the un-discussable--namely, the destruction of Japan caused by the awakening of the American "monster" of war and nuclear weapons. The thesis is argued in four chapters. Chapter one is the prospectus, chapter two provides historical context of the emergence of nuclear culture, chapter three examines the film thematically from a psychoanalytic and narrative framework within its historical context while explaining its rhetorical significance, and chapter four serves as a conclusion. It is hoped that this project will contribute to the body of rhetorical studies of film as well as communication research related to nuclear weapons research and use.
Atomic bomb victims; Film; Godzilla (Fictitious character); Godzilla films; Gojira; Hibakusha; Nuclear warfare – Social aspects; Rhetoric; Science-fiction films
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Stevens, Shannon Victoria, "The Rhetorical Significance of Gojira" (2010). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 371.
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