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dc.contributor.authorOverholt, Stacey M.
dc.date.accessioned2012-07-02T21:54:03Z
dc.date.available2012-07-02T21:54:03Z
dc.date.issued2012-07-02
dc.date.submittedMay 2012
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1928/20777
dc.description.abstractHBO’s drama series "True Blood" has been considered a unique and polysemic text since its debut in 2008.This thesis examined the series through the theoretical lenses of genre, narrative, and audience reception. Specifically, this study examined the series’ adherence to the gothic vampire subgenre, the way the series functions as an allegorical narrative, and the audience reception principles demonstrated by viewers of the series. Through my analysis of episodes from all four aired seasons, I established the gothic vampire subgenre, a television genre from literary and film genres, and determined that the series adheres to the substantive, stylistic, and situational elements of the genre. I also approached the series as an allegorical narrative and posited that it functions as an allegory for societal opposition and political oppression. Finally, I analyzed online audience responses to the series from the Racialicious website using Hall’s encoding-decoding, Fiske’s concept of pleasure, and Fisher’s narrative paradigm. I determined that oppositional readings are pleasurable for these viewers and that narrative coherence and fidelity are of prime importance to them.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectGenreen_US
dc.subjectNarrativeen_US
dc.subjectAudience Receptionen_US
dc.subject"True Blood"en_US
dc.subject.lcshTrue blood (Television program)
dc.subject.lcshVampire films
dc.subject.lcshGothic fiction (Literary genre)
dc.title"The Monstrous Side of Humanity": A Generic, Narrative, and Audience Reception Analysis of "True Blood"en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeCommunicationen_US
dc.description.levelMastersen_US
dc.description.departmentUniversity of New Mexico. Dept. of Communication and Journalismen_US
dc.description.advisorSchuetz, Janice
dc.description.committee-memberBalas, Glenda
dc.description.committee-memberShlossberg, Pavel


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