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Allison Schulnik’s Hobo Clown: grotesque resistance, storytelling metamorphosis and Franz Kafka

Fraser, William (2015) Allison Schulnik’s Hobo Clown: grotesque resistance, storytelling metamorphosis and Franz Kafka. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Fraser, William
Abstract:

Allison Schulnik’s Hobo Clown clay stop-motion film is analyzed using a rhetorical triangulation of persuasion. A hybrid method alternates Schulnik, reader and an imaginary Other for three points of view providing comparisons of story perspective. Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis provides an exemplary third person narrative style. A history of stop-motion animation, hobos and clowns, along with animation theory of metamorphosis contribute to a hypothetical null questioning of Schulnik’s grotesque as a constructive identity resisting expectation. Mise-en-scène of staging and music provide sensory, visual and auditory description along with primary source materials and theoretical insight for describing a reading of the film’s grotesque transformations. The argument for an in between space finds identity unresolved, yet yields features of contemporary grotesque for thinking about self(s). A singular meaning for contemporary grotesque is not determinable, however a contemporary anti-story of resistant through an anti-theory of open-ended subversion suggests perspectives for potential future research.

Date: April 2015
Uncontrolled Keywords: Allison Schulnik, Animation, Anti-Story, Grotesque, Metamorphosis, Stop-motion, Storytelling, Franz Kafka
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2015 16:27
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2016 06:40
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/268

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