Date of Award
Dissertation (Access Restricted)
Doctor of Philosophy
This project explores three films as the primary texts for analysis: Candyman (2021), AGWHAAN, and Okja. Through each film, I articulate the ways in which monstrosity is shaped by cultural anxieties surrounding race, gender, and sexuality. Furthermore, I contend that each film’s monstrous rhetoric is deeply embedded in a politics of liberation, which seek to eliminate the over-articulation of white humanity and form universal humanism which radically includes marginalized peoples. Though each film approaches liberation differently, the liberatory rhetoric of monstrosity highlights how Otherized communities (re)negotiate humanity to include non-white, non-Western onto-epistemologies.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to ProQuest
Tabrizi, Hannah, "Black ghosts, Brown vampires, and queer pigs: Race, gender, sexuality, and rhetorics of liberatory monstrosity" (2023). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2984.