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dc.contributor.advisorReynolds, Ann Morrisen
dc.creatorEdwards, Thomas Pearsonen
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-15T20:28:03Z
dc.date.available2016-08-15T20:28:03Z
dc.date.issued2016-05
dc.date.submittedMay 2016
dc.identifierdoi:10.15781/T2J09W47Cen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/39446en
dc.description.abstractIn his 1947 film, Fireworks, young Kenneth Anger – both director and star actor – enacts a sexual rite of passage, using film techniques, theoretical methods, and visual tropes that descend from the avant-garde—favoring especially Surrealism and its penchant for psychoanalysis. Through the popularization of psychoanalysis in the United States and the influx of European avant-garde culture in Los Angeles in the 1940s, this thesis explores how Anger used these channels of influence to characterize his own fantastic sexual coming of age. The thesis reads select shots from the film to propose moments where form, Anger’s acting, and composition create meaning specific to an avant-garde, Surrealist context. In doing so, the paper identifies Anger’s filmic and ideological influences, allowing a historically and socially positioned viewing of Fireworks. Finally, the thesis addresses the implications of the growing trend in the 1940s for filmmakers and actors to exhibit their intimate, often sexual dreams and fantasies in the form of avant-garde, psychoanalytic work. The project’s supporting research includes mainly primary source material from little magazines, relevant avant-garde works preceding Anger’s film, film theory and criticism by Parker Tyler, and psychoanalytic texts by Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung.en
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dc.subjectAvant-garde filmen
dc.subjectSurrealismen
dc.subjectLos Angelesen
dc.subject1940sen
dc.subjectSexualityen
dc.subjectFantasyen
dc.subjectPsychoanalysisen
dc.subjectMass cultureen
dc.subjectDreamsen
dc.titleYours truly : Fireworks and its psychosexual passageen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.date.updated2016-08-15T20:28:03Z
dc.contributor.committeeMemberFlaherty, Georgeen
dc.description.departmentArt Historyen
thesis.degree.departmentArt Historyen
thesis.degree.disciplineArt historyen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen
dc.creator.orcid0000-0001-5164-9772en
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