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dc.contributor.advisorIrizarry-Rodríguez, José M.
dc.contributor.authorDoreste-Martín, Blanca
dc.description.abstractThis thesis explores the manner in which Ralph Waldo Emerson‘s nineteenth century transcendentalist thought as described in his essays, Nature, The American Scholar, and Self Reliance, is present and appropriated in Alan Ball‘s HBO series‘, Six Feet Under (SFU), and film, American Beauty (AB). The discussion demonstrates that a modernized version of Emersonian transcendentalism is part of Ball‘s two works, mainly through his exploration of death, and it is within this topic that the protagonists of AB and SFU are able to transcend and appreciate life. The thesis also explores the manner in which Alan Ball creates a space in AB and SFU for the critique and questioning of societal taboos and controversies. The methodology used consists of the literary analysis of specific SFU episodes and scenes in AB. The results demonstrate that Emersonian transcendentalism is clearly present in Ball‘s works and that most of his protagonists are indeed able to transcend as Emerson describes in Nature, The American Scholar, and Self Reliance.en_US
dc.subjectTranscendentalism in literatureen_US
dc.subjectOnline streaming service-seriesen_US
dc.subjectBall, Alanen_US
dc.subjectEmerson, Ralph Waldoen_US
dc.subject.lcshBall, Alan, 1957- American beauty.en_US
dc.subject.lcshBall, Alan, 1957- Six feet under.en_US
dc.subject.lcshBall, Alan, 1957- --Criticism and interpretation.en_US
dc.subject.lcshEmerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882--Criticism and interpretation.en_US
dc.subject.lcshTranscendentalism in literature.en_US
dc.titleThe role of Emersonian transcendentalism in Alan Ball’s American Beauty and Six Feet Underen_US
dc.rights.licenseAll rights reserveden_US
dc.rights.holder(c) 2011 Blanca Doreste-Martínen_US
dc.contributor.committeeVicente, Nancy
dc.contributor.committeeRodriguez Guglielmoni, Linda
dc.contributor.committeeCarroll, Kevin
dc.contributor.representativeAcosta, Maribel Educationen_US
dc.contributor.collegeCollege of Arts and Sciences - Artsen_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Englishen_US

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