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Title:Post-Cold War kids: changing representations of Russia and the Cold War in American children's film, 1992-2001
Author(s):Celmer, Samantha Marie
Advisor(s):Cooper, David; Buckley, Cynthia
Department / Program:Russian,E European,Eurasn Ctr
Discipline:Russian, E Eur, Eurasian St
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Cold War
United States
American Cinema
Children's Media
Abstract:This thesis is a study of representations of Russia and the Cold War in American children's films from the 1990s. By analyzing nine movies, this work explores the question: what messages about Russia and the Cold War do nineties children's movies contain? This analysis explores the othering of Russian characters, the treatment of Cold War sentiments, such as toxic masculinity, and the recycling of tropes. It looks at the attempts, or failures, to move away from the negative messages about Russia that the American media used in the 1950s and through the 1980s, specifically in the context of children's media. This study finds that although some of the films only engage with Russia on a surface level and continue to use the tropes and techniques used during the Cold War to other Russia, a majority of the films engage with the topic on a deeper level. In such cases, Russian characters are more relatable and the sentiments of the Cold War are criticized.
Issue Date:2016-07-15
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 Samantha M. Celmer
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-11-10
Date Deposited:2016-08

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