And all that jazz ... : a study into the representations of female archetypes and nostalgia in 21st Century musicals

Martin, Avive Mikhaela (2015) And all that jazz ... : a study into the representations of female archetypes and nostalgia in 21st Century musicals. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Archetypes have long been a significant part of Hollywood film making due to their recognisable traits and characteristics. This dissertation analyses a selection of female archetypes, including the femme fatale, girl-next-door and the mother, comparing and contrasting their representations within three 21 '1 Century Hollywood musicals. Additionally , there is a focus on the affects that nostalgia has had upon each archetype and the why musicals encourage audiences to feel submerged in escapist qualities. This subject will expand into suggesting reasoning for the production of nostalgic musicals in a modern society proposing the impending recession and al­Qaeda terrorist attack as the central cause. These topics will be discussed using multiple theories including post-feminism, the male gaze and queer theory. Furthermore these archetypes will be studied in socio-historical, cultural and mythological context to enable a ·well-rounded evaluation of each of these familiar and paradigmatic characters and their prevalence upon contemporary culture, The reoccurrence of these figures within modern musical blockbusters, such as Frozen, indicates the significance of archetypal characters to audiences. With their appearance within children's films highlighting that they will remain iconic as introducing repetitive traits and tropes to young children will impress their significance and ensure that these characteristics are replicated. Ultimately this disser1ation suggests an evolution of archetypes into figures that are an amalgamation of multiple stereotypes in an attempt to create multidimensional characters that appeal to a broader spectatorship.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2016 14:34
    Last Modified: 30 Nov 2016 14:34
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22713

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