Open Access Honors Program Thesis
Film noir; Noir fiction; Graphic novels;
In movies, there are certain conventions that identify a film with a particular genre: a typical western has cowboys; a superhero movie may star a gifted protagonist; or an adventure film could feature exotic locations. Such is also the case with film noir, a movement characterized by storylines featuring criminal elements and their tensions with the police, stylized black-and-white cinematography, and a seedy, nightmarish cityscape. But just as an audience can easily identify genres like these, an author can also demythologize a genre by providing original themes within a familiar setting or inverting those themes that currently exist within the genre to create something entirely different. Demythologization defamiliarizes an audience with a familiar genre; what was once predictable becomes unexpected, and if successful, captures an audience’s attention with a unique perspective. With Carpe Noctum, my intention is to provide a creative work that demythologizes the genre of noir by authoring and illustrating a unique literary and visual approach in the form of an original graphic novel.
Date of Award
University Honors Designation
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors
© 2008 Mark Andrew Turnage
Turnage, Mark Andrew, "Carpe noctum" (2008). Honors Program Theses. 45.