The Absurd and Film: From the Existential Moment to Metaphysical Revolt

dc.contributor.authorArtrip, Ryan Edwarden
dc.contributor.committeechairLuke, Timothy W.en
dc.contributor.committeememberDaskal, Steven J.en
dc.contributor.committeememberNelson, Scott G.en
dc.contributor.departmentPolitical Scienceen
dc.date.accessioned2016-09-22T14:57:15Zen
dc.date.adate2010-05-26en
dc.date.available2016-09-22T14:57:15Zen
dc.date.issued2010-04-30en
dc.date.rdate2015-07-08en
dc.date.sdate2010-05-09en
dc.description.abstractIn recent cinematic history, films have often expressed through the experiences of characters an 'existential moment' in which fundamental assumptions about life are questioned and potentially rendered meaningless. The purpose of this project is to follow two accounts of this expressed moment in the 1999 films American Beauty and Fight Club, understanding them as such through particular readings of the philosophical articulations of Albert Camus. I analyze the social climates of liberalism and consumerism that might account for these expressions of discontent and anxiety at the same time I evaluate the validity of existential thought in the contemporary social world. Ultimately, I question what kinds of political qualms absurdity might render, using film experience as a venue to understand and evaluate these questions.en
dc.description.degreeMaster of Artsen
dc.identifier.otheretd-05092010-133949en
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-05092010-133949/en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/72989en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subjectAbsurden
dc.subjectCamusen
dc.subjectConsumerismen
dc.subjectExistentialismen
dc.subjectFilmen
dc.subjectLiberalismen
dc.subjectPolitical Theoryen
dc.titleThe Absurd and Film: From the Existential Moment to Metaphysical Revolten
dc.typeThesisen
dc.type.dcmitypeTexten
thesis.degree.disciplinePolitical Scienceen
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
thesis.degree.levelmastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen
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