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dc.contributor.authorElson, Kate Christieen_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-04T15:37:05Z
dc.date.available2015-08-04T15:37:05Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.date.submitted2013
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2144/12095
dc.descriptionThesis (M.F.A.)--Boston Universityen_US
dc.description.abstractThe goal of this thesis is to explore the subject of mental illness in current American comedy films. Its focus centers upon comedic depictions of two classes of diseases: those within the category of Anxiety Disorders and Clinical Depression and related illnesses. Further, I discuss differences between depictions ofthe two. This thesis also details the cultural importance of the comedic genre in America and the dissonance between the genre's rigid structure, the nature of mental illness and our current lifestyle. It also explains our nation's complex and at times contradictory relationship with mental illness as a cultural and social phenomenon and illustrates how these contradictions play out within the entertainment industry. Lastly, my focus centers upon the ways in which America's dominant ideologies clash with the reality experienced by mental illness sufferers and discusses film's role both in perpetrating pre-existing ideologies and in challenging them by creating new perspectives.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherBoston Universityen_US
dc.titleMental illness in American comedyen_US
dc.typeThesis/Dissertationen_US
etd.degree.nameMaster of Fine Artsen_US
etd.degree.levelmastersen_US
etd.degree.disciplineFilm and Television Studiesen_US
etd.degree.grantorBoston Universityen_US


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