Subverting suburbia: black comedy in the films of Todd Solondz

Woodward, Jon (2007) Subverting suburbia: black comedy in the films of Todd Solondz. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation is a study of the use of comedy within the films of Todd Solondz, acclaimed director of Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995), Happiness (1998), Storytelling (2001) and most recently Palindromes (2004) It sets out to discover the ways in which Solondz uses scathing black comedy and controversial subject matter in the construction of his films and where it leaves us as a spectator to his work. I argue that there is a definable Solondzian style of narrative structure that pervades his work, and that this helps fans of cult cinema to engage with the films, as well as with Solondz's sometimes strange sense of humour. Analysing various theories on the nature of laughter and comedy, I suggest ways in which Solondz has either utilised or subverted existing models of comedic thought and the way that people subsequently interact with them, from thoughts on the nature of audience reception and cult fandom to surrealism and the ethical and moral implications of depicting the taboo in everyday life.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13

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