Advisor(s) - Committee Chair
Jeffrey Rice (Director), Ted Hovet, David LeNoir
Department of English
Master of Arts
This thesis opens discussion on American alien invasion films of the 90s as a self-critique, a reaction to being an imperial power at the end of the Cold War. The alien menace in these films is not the "other" but rather the U.S. itself being the colonizer or conqueror looking to expand its sphere of influence. Furthermore, it discusses how Presidential rhetoric in the films play a role in this postcolonial reading. Specific works studied are: Independence Day (1996), Mars Attacks! (1996), Babylon 5: In the Beginning (1998), and The Puppet Masters (1994).
American Film Studies | American Literature | Comparative Literature | Creative Writing | Fiction
Hudspeth, Logan Matthew, "Rulers, Rhetoric, and Ray-Guns: A Post Colonial Look at 90's Alien Invasion Media" (2014). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 1439.