101 to Understanding "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema" and A Perspective of Women's Role in Current Animation
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Animation
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Animation
Includes bibliographical references (pages 40-49).
"This thesis is an investigation of how Laura Mulvey’s canonical 1975 essay 'Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema' is often misread and misused by first time college readers when studying the text for film, cultural, or feminist theory. Further, the thesis will analyze three animated feature films to explore the current representation of the female form in animation. First, the three main factors that lead to first time readers' misunderstanding of 'Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema' will be studied. They are as follows: the feminist context, the language context, and the psychoanalytical context. The thesis visual, a stop motion film 'We’re All Just People,' will step through how Mulvey can be misused. Lastly, the thesis will examine animated films release in the past five years which have a female lead to explore female representation. The findings will display a shift in the presentation of female roles in animation from the past and shed light on a hopeful future with equal representation on the horizon." --Abstract
CHAIR: Simon, Christoph
PDF (49 pages) + 1 mp4 film (approximately 2 min., sound, color)