Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Dr. Christine Sprengler


This thesis will examine representations of Coney Island in photography and short films from the turn o f the twentieth century and in narrative films from the 1920s. I will consider how Coney Island was represented and examine the polysémie functions ofthe. representations. The photographs and films that I have selected as case studies in this investigation are those I believe best illustrate the capacity of these media to show and recreate Coney Island experiences. Representing Coney Island saved economic, national, individual, social, cultural, and artistic ends. Situating this selection o f representations in the contexts that they were produced in and considering their formal components will demonstrate the importance and role that Coney Island representations played in its history and evolution, encompassing the impact that Coney Island and Coney Island representations in the mass media had on American culture and entertainment



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