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A pentadic analysis of Alaskan reality television : tracking the changes within America's frontier myth

Author: Dana-Jean C Smith
Publisher: [Long Beach, California] : California State University, Long Beach, 2013.
Dissertation: M.A. California State University, Long Beach 2013
Series: California State University, Long Beach.; Master's thesis collection, Dept. of Communication Studies.
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Document : Thesis/dissertation   Computer File : English
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Abstract: Utilizing Kenneth Burke's dramatistic pentad, I argue that the rhetoric of Alaskan reality television produces a new strain of the American frontier myth wherein agents struggle to live within an omnipotent scene. After tracing the evolution of the pentadic elements in literature and film embodying the eastern and western variations of the myth, I analyze Deadliest Catch, Flying Wild Alaska, and Gold Rush  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Academic theses
Case studies
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Kenneth Burke
Material Type: Document, Thesis/dissertation, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Dana-Jean C Smith
ISBN: 9781303796272 1303796279
OCLC Number: 1015533519
Description: vi, 165 leaves
Series Title: California State University, Long Beach.; Master's thesis collection, Dept. of Communication Studies.
Responsibility: by Dana-Jean C. Smith.

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Abstract: Utilizing Kenneth Burke's dramatistic pentad, I argue that the rhetoric of Alaskan reality television produces a new strain of the American frontier myth wherein agents struggle to live within an omnipotent scene. After tracing the evolution of the pentadic elements in literature and film embodying the eastern and western variations of the myth, I analyze Deadliest Catch, Flying Wild Alaska, and Gold Rush and thereby discover that the discourse does not revive older versions, but instead formulates a contemporary iteration that diminishes tension between the dialectical values of individualism and community. As the United States faces daunting exigencies concerning the economy, technology, and the environment in the new millennium, the myth of the Alaskan frontier offers ways for people to cope with their anxieties. This thesis concludes with a discussion of implications and ideas for future research.

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