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dc.contributor.advisorJohnson, Rosser
dc.contributor.authorStephenson, Laura
dc.date.accessioned2012-11-27T20:54:52Z
dc.date.available2012-11-27T20:54:52Z
dc.date.copyright2011
dc.date.created2011
dc.date.issued2012-11-28
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10292/4783
dc.description.abstractThis thesis investigates how characters with non-traditional gender are depicted in contemporary Western cinema on the basis that this depiction illustrates society’s unease with individuals who do not easily confirm to the standard male-female gender binary. Through focussing on four Western feature films (each of which features non-traditionally gendered character in a leading role), the thesis will argue that, despite the surface appearance of accepting the progressive individual, each film actually reinforces traditional social mobilisations of gender. In order to understand how gender is socially mobilised each film will be closely read with a specific focus on camera, lighting, editing, dialogue, sound, costume and script function. The data will be analysed to assess how characters with non-traditional gender are portrayed on screen and how other characters and social structures respond to them. Although the analysis will reveal concepts of gender progression represented in relatively sophisticated ways, at a deeper level the preferred construction of each of these characters fits within either the male or female gender polarity. Ultimately the thesis will show that within these films the dominant social reaction to people who do not present as either male or female are feared, rejected and ostracised.en_NZ
dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.publisherAuckland University of Technology
dc.subjectGenderen_NZ
dc.subjectSexualityen_NZ
dc.subjectFeminismen_NZ
dc.subjectBodyen_NZ
dc.subjectAndrogynyen_NZ
dc.subjectTransgenderen_NZ
dc.subjectCinemaen_NZ
dc.subjectFilmen_NZ
dc.titleThe gender reflectionen_NZ
dc.typeThesis
thesis.degree.grantorAuckland University of Technology
thesis.degree.levelMasters Theses
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Communication Studiesen_NZ
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dc.rights.accessrightsOpenAccess
dc.date.updated2012-11-19T01:11:34Z


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