Veronica Mars and Pretty Little Liars: a study into the reincarnation of film-noir within American teen-noir

Smith, Sophie (2013) Veronica Mars and Pretty Little Liars: a study into the reincarnation of film-noir within American teen-noir. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Veronica Mars (2004-2007, The CW) and Pretty Little Liars (2010- , ABC Family) present a typical teen-angst drama but focused within a gritty noir setting. This study shall explore the representations of femininity and masculinity within contemporary American teen dramas of the teen-noir genre, while also exploring how the characters of Veronica Mars and Pretty Little Liars are depicted in response to popular culture and identity formation. Firstly, I shall begin by considering the origins of noir as both a style and a genre and its re-envision into a new medium. Essentially, by looking through the history of film-noir in relation to teen-noir to help further understand why and how noir has been rewritten for television and contemporary American television shows. Secondly, it determines how the noir style has transcended from film to television and subsequently changes our understanding of gendered roles. Women have been envisioned from secondary roles to become the primary protagonists and the main vehicle of the narrative. The development of the female characters within noir marks an important time for women on screen who are no longer positioned below their male counterparts. The purpose of this study is to explore and determine whether the roles of the teen girl figure within teen-noir are shown to be progressive or whether stereotypical gender roles are being re-established. Consequently, it explores the whole notion of the patriarchal society and how it has made an impact on how we understand women of today. Thirdly, Veronica Mars and the female characters of Pretty Little Liars have reversed traditional male/female roles and active/passive ideology of gender ideology by becoming more active figures within the narrative. In essence, it will examine how a role which was formally dominated by men have now created a space which depicts new images of teen girls of what it means to be powerful. It will also attempt to address by arguing that the blurring of gender lines is an emerging trend within society, since television has arguably seen a notable increase in the young heroine figure as a product of third-wave feminism. Consequently, a number of scholarly and academically debates will be drawn up in this study to help enhance the overall argument of this dissertation. In addition, I personally hope that this dissertation will be able to explore the contemporary teen-girl and compare its construction in terms of empowerment and/or objectification.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2014 13:36
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:40

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