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"The Monstrous Side of Humanity": A Generic, Narrative, and Audience Reception Analysis of "True Blood"

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"The Monstrous Side of Humanity": A Generic, Narrative, and Audience Reception Analysis of "True Blood"

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dc.contributor.author Overholt, Stacey M.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-02T21:54:03Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-02T21:54:03Z
dc.date.issued 2012-07-02
dc.date.submitted May 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/20777
dc.description.abstract HBO’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.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Genre en_US
dc.subject Narrative en_US
dc.subject Audience Reception en_US
dc.subject "True Blood" en_US
dc.subject.lcsh True blood (Television program)
dc.subject.lcsh Vampire films
dc.subject.lcsh Gothic fiction (Literary genre)
dc.title "The Monstrous Side of Humanity": A Generic, Narrative, and Audience Reception Analysis of "True Blood" en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Communication en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of Communication and Journalism en_US
dc.description.advisor Schuetz, Janice
dc.description.committee-member Balas, Glenda
dc.description.committee-member Shlossberg, Pavel


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