Representational dynamics: the American liberal, conservative and transitional periods in selected new Hollywood film.

Smith, Guy J. (2008) Representational dynamics: the American liberal, conservative and transitional periods in selected new Hollywood film. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation comprised of an analysis of the representational dynamics afforded to authoritative institutions such as the police force, within New Hollywood films between the years 1967 and 1974. In particular, by focusing on the complexities of this representation and its relation to the socio-political context of each film, I attempted to illustrate that the films appropriation of authority changed in accordance with the political shift from left to right that occurred in American society at the time. Moreover, through the use of close textual analysis and the application of secondary critical material, I was able to observe that this representation aligned itself with a particular political ideology by setting itself in relation to other opposing ideological perspectives. In addition, through in-depth analysis of each of the chosen films, it became apparent that different ideological perspectives utilised different aspects of cinematic language in order convey a strong ideological vilification, which aligned well with the differing political strategies of liberal and conservative politics.

    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 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/549

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