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“Arrested Development”/“Scrubs” Excursuses on the Use of Fiction


2010 2010

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This thesis investigates two episodic television shows, Arrested Development and Scrubs, and attempts to establish why one succeeded with audiences and the other failed. Following the work of genre theory, it is asserted that the two shows resonate with opposing narratives framing lived experience. The former presents the institutional (or restrictive) force of language to guide one's thoughts, mark disassociations between the self and others, and determine action. The latter appeals to the creative (or liberating) use of dialogue and narrative to inspire agency. In privileging the concrete situations in which interactions with others enable growth without restricting the will, and in which others are engaged in the same self-investigation, Scrubs calls for an acknowledgement of others. Arrested Development points to the metaphysical language and power systems that make such acknowledgements impossible. It is argued thereafter that both world-pictures have their place. The opposition between Arrested Development and Scrubs develops into a dual affirmation of how ordinary uses of language have the potential to create arbitrary limits between the self and others, but also how ordinary language in a state of emergence from the particular lives of a multiplicity of speakers enables us to meaningfully communicate in the first place and antagonizes the metaphysical pictures that hold us captive. This thesis concludes by exploring the way that fiction, as a series of propositions, occupies the middle space between an epistemological opening up and closing off of the self to others, allowing it to be used for either purpose, or for both at once.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Epistemology;
Ethics;
Literature
Classification
0393: Epistemology
0394: Ethics
0401: Literature
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology; Language, literature and linguistics; Arrested Development; Bakhtin, M. M. (Mikhail Mikhailovich); Genre theory; Scrubs; Television studies; Wittgenstein, Ludwig
Title
“Arrested Development”/“Scrubs” Excursuses on the Use of Fiction
Author
Siemer, Matt
Number of pages
59
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0066
Source
MAI 49/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124406787
Advisor
Bell, David F.
Committee member
Aravamudan, Srinivas; Hauerwas, Stanley
University/institution
Duke University
Department
Humanities
University location
United States -- North Carolina
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1484120
ProQuest document ID
840542151
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/840542151
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