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ERIC Number: ED565906
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 669
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3036-9255-0
"The Connoisseur of Pain: A Novel", and "A New and Sharper Vision": Sensuous Aesthetics as Theological Immersion in Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life", Thomas Kinkade's Landscapes, and Ron Hansen's "Mariette in Ecstasy"
Busk, Michael Reid
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California
Creative Dissertation: "The Connoisseur of Pain" is a comic noir set in Hollywood in 1962, and its central conceit is that cartoons are real, live-action films starring anthropomorphic animals that cartoonists later replicate frame by frame in order to make the violent content palatable to children. The book's protagonist and narrator is Tom Grimalkin, Tom of Tom and Jerry, who begins sleuthing around Hollywood after a series of talking animal actors are murdered; simultaneously he stars in an all-animal staging of Hamlet at the Hollywood Bowl. Taken together, "The Connoisseur of Pain" is a mix of "The Public Burning," "The Big Sleep," and "Kiss Me, Kate." Critical Dissertation: This dissertation analyzes the theological consequences of the formal aesthetic choices in Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life," Ron Hansen's "Mariette in Ecstasy," and the landscape paintings of Thomas Kinkade. My contention is that these works attempt to convey ecstatic religious experience formally, through beauty and sublimity. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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