College of Communication Master of Arts Theses

Date of Award

Spring 6-2015

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Media and Cinema Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Michael DeAngelis

Second Advisor

Dr. Amy Tyson


Kenneth Anger’s Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969), Emile de Antonio’s In the Year of the Pig (1968), Jonas Mekas’s Diaries, Notes, and Sketches: Also Known as Walden (1969) and Haskell Wexler’s Medium Cool (1969) constitute historical artifacts as well as discursive interventions intended to shape a vision of the nation. Therein emerged varying imbrications of ideology and the volatility of the era, along with palpable disharmony that scholars have identified between the youth movement’s cultural and political camps.1 In each case, the film’s avant-garde status did not, in and of itself, confer liberatory ideology. While all but Medium Cool are officially avant-garde, Wexler’s positioning of his subjects, and his shattering the fourth wall to confront the sociopolitical status quo and the mass-communications industry at a time of extraordinary ferment, renders his film among, if not the most, contestatory.

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