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Persepolis and Waltz with Bashir, an alternative perspective on the Middle East, a mirror for the West

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Date Issued:
2011
Summary:
This project presents a three-level analysis of Persepolis and Waltz with Bashir to elucidate the way these films deconstruct the image of the Middle East that the dominant Western media perpetuate. The thesis demonstrates that the combination of highly expressive and easily understandable animated form with an autobiographical storyline that endows the films with attractive authenticity, personification and intimacy, creates a palatable setting for the intellectual texts. Further, this project discloses the ways representation gives rise to stereotypes and illustrates how the films articulate an alternative to the dichotomous perception of West versus Middle East. The movies impersonate a unique, subjective insight into the past, emphasizing that history is an ongoing, non-linear process that depends on where and who is narrating it, and to whom. Understanding that public memory is shaped by media content, the thesis asserts the necessity for more cultural texts that deconstruct the norm and eliminate bias.
Title: Persepolis and Waltz with Bashir, an alternative perspective on the Middle East, a mirror for the West.
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Name(s): Dzmuranova, Kristyna.
Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
School of Communication and Multimedia Studies
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2011
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Physical Form: electronic
Extent: vi, 133, [1] p.
Language(s): English
Summary: This project presents a three-level analysis of Persepolis and Waltz with Bashir to elucidate the way these films deconstruct the image of the Middle East that the dominant Western media perpetuate. The thesis demonstrates that the combination of highly expressive and easily understandable animated form with an autobiographical storyline that endows the films with attractive authenticity, personification and intimacy, creates a palatable setting for the intellectual texts. Further, this project discloses the ways representation gives rise to stereotypes and illustrates how the films articulate an alternative to the dichotomous perception of West versus Middle East. The movies impersonate a unique, subjective insight into the past, emphasizing that history is an ongoing, non-linear process that depends on where and who is narrating it, and to whom. Understanding that public memory is shaped by media content, the thesis asserts the necessity for more cultural texts that deconstruct the norm and eliminate bias.
Identifier: 749935875 (oclc), 3175014 (digitool), FADT3175014 (IID), fau:3695 (fedora)
Note(s): by Kristyna Dzmuranova.
Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2011.
Includes bibliography.
Electronic reproduction. Boca Raton, Fla., 2011. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject(s): Documentary films -- Criticism and interpretation
Arab-Israeli conflict -- Motion pictures and the conflict
Moving pictures in propaganda
Motion pictures and history
Historical films -- Criticism and interpretation
Persepolis (Iran) -- History and criticism
Held by: FBoU FAUER
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/FAU/3175014
Use and Reproduction: http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
Host Institution: FAU