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dc.contributor.authorKraft, Benjamin
dc.date.accessioned2021-12-17T17:57:01Z
dc.date.available2021-12-17T17:57:01Z
dc.date.issued2021-08
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11122/12623
dc.descriptionThesis (M.A.) University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2021en_US
dc.description.abstractUsing research from the history of the Victorian novel and recent media, I demonstrate the value in re-examining the critical importance of the antihero. Using a methodology of combining neo-Marxian analysis, adaptation studies, and a re-thinking of what constitutes novels and television serials, I explore how antiheroes are defined and why those definitions are often not inclusive to controversial, but seemingly definitional antihero examples. As informed by a critique of how antiheroes are defined, I use my research to discuss the underlying characteristics of the antihero across genres. From a perspective of critiquing liberalism adopted from Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights and Vince Gilligan's Breaking Bad, I structure textual evidence in support of antiheroes being identified according to three traits: sympathy, violence, and radical speech. The literary and real-world impact of each trait is argued according to evidence qualified by a neo-Marxian methodology, using an original synthesis of Louis Althusser's aleatory politics and the Marxist cultural critiques of Raymond Williams. Finally, these three traits are strongly evinced in the real-world systemic critiques of liberalism represented in both Heathcliff and Walter White.en_US
dc.description.tableofcontentsIntroduction: Three Conventions of Antiheroes in Heathcliff -- Section I: Raymond Williams and the 'Liberal Order' -- Section II: A Neo-Marxian Literary Perspective of Deradicalization in Adaptation -- Section III: Adaptation Barriers & Contemporary Media Antiheroism -- Gender Dual-Hierarchy in Breaking Bad -- Radical Content of Breaking Bad: Analyzing Skyler White & White Supremacy -- Conclusion -- Works cited.en_US
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dc.subjectAntiheroes in literatureen_US
dc.subjectAntiheroesen_US
dc.subjectHeathcliffen_US
dc.subjectWalter Whiteen_US
dc.subjectFilm adaptationsen_US
dc.subjectEmily Brontëen_US
dc.subjectVince Gilliganen_US
dc.subjectEnglish literatureen_US
dc.subjectBreaking Baden_US
dc.subject.otherMaster of Arts in Englishen_US
dc.titleLiberal deradicalization in the adaptation of novels to film: defining antiheroes, from Heathcliff to Walter Whiteen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.type.degreemaen_US
dc.identifier.departmentDepartment of Englishen_US
dc.contributor.chairCarr, Richard
dc.contributor.committeeHirsch, Alexander
dc.contributor.committeeHarney, Eileen
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