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An analytical framework of parody and satire: Mel Brooks and his world


2008 2008

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Parodic and satiric films hold great amusement potential, but as highly rhetorical texts, they also have great rhetorical power. As such, the enlightened viewer can and should be able to decipher the amount of parody versus satire that the film uses, and even more importantly, how the filmmaker uses satire to target the object of criticism. To that end, this study proposes a framework for analyzing parodic and satiric films using Kenneth Burke's poetic categories and Mikhail Bakhtin's idea of the carnival(esque). In using this framework, the study posits that satiric texts may operate either through a comic frame of acceptance, which makes them carnivalesque and ultimately as close to parody as satire, or through a burlesque frame of rejection, which makes them less parodic and more satiric and condemning of their target. The goal of this study is to empower viewers and critics with a set of tools for understanding how power and criticism is at work in otherwise funny films. As a case study, the framework is applied to four of filmmaker Mel Brooks' films. Two research methods are utilized. The first part of the study textually analyzes the films, applying the framework to understand how each film is operating. The second part of the study takes the framework to audiences, and attempts to understand if audiences view parodic and satiric films in the same way as the author, and/or if they may be taught to use the framework proposed.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Communication;
Mass communications;
Film studies
Classification
0459: Communication
0708: Mass communications
0900: Film studies
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Bakhtin, Mikhail; Brooks, Mel; Burke, Kenneth; Film; Parody; Satire
Title
An analytical framework of parody and satire: Mel Brooks and his world
Author
Bonnstetter, Beth Edith
Number of pages
165
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
0130
Source
DAI-A 69/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549669203
Advisor
Schiappa, Edward
University/institution
University of Minnesota
University location
United States -- Minnesota
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3318006
ProQuest document ID
304595778
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304595778
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