Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Ernesto Acevedo-Muñoz

Second Advisor

Melinda Barlow

Third Advisor

Suranjan Ganguly

Abstract

Animation has been regarded as a marginalized medium, one that can carry nonnormative messages. The queerness of animation can be found in its form, style, and narrative techniques. By analyzing the works of Japanese anime director, Satoshi Kon, specific queer strategies and aesthetics can be teased out and explored. In particular, Kon’s use of reflexive cinematic devices to disorient, disrupt, and resist historical conventions create uniquely queer works. By examining how these techniques lend themselves to queering normative codes, we begin to understand how queer aesthetics are ones marked by resistance, creativity and transformation.

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