publication . Master thesis . 2017

Framing Mass Shootings: Fictional Depictions of Real-life Gun Massacres in American Cinema

Tryggeseid, Ane Johannessen;
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  • Published: 29 Jun 2017
  • Publisher: The University of Bergen
  • Country: Norway
Abstract
This thesis examines the concept of real-life mass shootings and its depiction in American fictional cinema. The issue of mass shootings is a highly controversial subject of discussion, both within the public and political sphere, as it necessarily touches upon rigid perceptions of civil liberties – specifically those of the Second Amendment – which further permeates the field of fictional cinema. As opposed to assessing the issue of mass shootings as a product of a prevailing culture of guns, it is to a significant extent reduced to political leverage, a rhetorical weapon aimed to legitimize prevailing attitudes on a political battlefield on which opponents and...
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free text keywords: våpenpolitikk, American politics, Dark Night, film analysis, film, medieestetikk, mass shootings, Tim Sutton, Lynne Ramsay, filmanalyse, Elephant, American studies, Gus Van Sant, media aesthetics, gun politics, filmstudier, amerikansk politikk, We Need to Talk About Kevin, masseskyting, Mastergrad, 735116
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