Dancing dwarfs and talking fish : the narrative functions of television dreams /

dc.contributor.author Burkhead, Cynthia en_US
dc.contributor.department English en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2014-06-20T16:00:26Z
dc.date.available 2014-06-20T16:00:26Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_US
dc.description Adviser: David Lavery. en_US
dc.description.abstract This dissertation examines the functions of dreams in television narratives. From its beginning, television has been a storytelling medium. Whether delivered to a live audience or played out on a sound stage, narratives and those who write them have always been the crux of the television program. Also from its beginning, one of the standard tropes for presenting television narratives has been the dream sequence. While film can claim a long history of scholarly inquiry into the connection between film and dreams and the way that dreams function in movies, no comprehensive research exists on the subject of television dreams. Scholars have included dreams as examples in discussions of narrative complexity in television, or in discussions about technological improvements in television's visual presentation, but no studies have sought to analyze the purpose dream sequences have in the narratives that are arguably the most popular and frequently "read" stories in our culture. en_US
dc.description.abstract This project first looks at dream theory as it relates to film in order to show why that scholarship is not appropriate for an analysis of television dreams. Next, the dissertation analyzes the narrative functions of dreams using as its frame Carl Jung's narrative stages of the dream: exposition, development, culmination, and conclusion. While television dreams, both memorable and obscure, are analyzed throughout, case studies of the television programs The Sopranos and Buffy the Vampire Slayer are included to show in detail how dreams function throughout a television series. The dissertation concludes with an examination of television's own critique of its dreams which occurs notably in episodes of Moonlighting and Max Headroom. This project required a significant collection of data, specifically television episodes with dreams in their stories, and a compendium of that research which includes over 1000 television episodes is included in an appendix at the end of the dissertation. en_US
dc.description.degree Ph.D. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/handle/mtsu/3770
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Dreams en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Television en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Literature, Modern en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Cinema en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mass Communications en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Doctoral en_US
dc.title Dancing dwarfs and talking fish : the narrative functions of television dreams / en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
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