Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Failing to succeed: "Wall-E" and "Up" as alternative imaginings of success, failure, and identity
by Nguyen, Ava Phuong Thao, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 133; 1528007
Abstract (Summary)

In this thesis, I examine how the films Wall-E and Up function from a Low Theoretical perspective. Drawing from Judith Halberstam's work, I argue that the films present failure as a type of subjugated knowledge the offers more fruitful rewards than typical success. I explore the ways in which the films' celebration of failure provides theoretical grounds for different imaginings of gender, success, and failure. My examination of these two films involves looking at how failure can be a site of invention and resistance against neoliberal notions of success of failure. I discuss the ways in which these children's films, through their celebration and exploration of failure, can function as queer cultural theory.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Asenas, Jennifer
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Communication, Personality psychology, Cognitive psychology, Film studies
Keywords: Disney, Low theory, Queer theory, Rhetoric, Up, Wall-e
Publication Number: 1528007
ISBN: 978-1-303-98531-7
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