Napoleon Dynamite By Me

Adkins, Kirsten ORCID: 0000-0002-9907-6691 (2020) Napoleon Dynamite By Me. [Film / Video] (Submitted)

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Abstract

A US soldier who claims he was bored one day, memorises and performs the dance from the cult film Napoleon Dynamite in a mess tent somewhere in Iraq during the war. Napoleon Dynamite by Me is my intervention which explores themes of narcissism, masculinities and state-controlled violence. The soldier’s movements are both aggressive and playful as he parodies a caricatured effeminacy. His gestures may appear sexualised or threatening, or silly and even vulnerable within his dance sequence. Black and white imagery of the dancing soldier is juxtaposed with broken images from a staged terrorism alert which took place in central London and was broadcast across news media in the UK. Female victims scream as they are supported by male paramedics. Terrorism it would appear is stereotypically gendered.

Item Type: Film / Video
Additional Information: This was a film screening and performed paper that was presented at the AHRC funded Mascnet: Masculinity, Sexuality and Popular Culture in Berlin on January 17 2020 https://mascnet.org/events/berlin/
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1995.9.DN Documentary Films
T Technology > TR Photography
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Industries > Film and Television
Research Priority Areas: Creative Practice and Theory
Depositing User: Kirsten Adkins
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2022 16:54
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2022 16:54
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/10586

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