Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Theory and Criticism


This thesis investigates the transformation of the notion of identity from the height of Romantic subjectivity to the lowest common denominator, the figure of the mass-man. Through examination of pronominal linguistic constructions to consideration of the function of grey in visual art, this project explores a concept of the average that is easily shaped into notions of the generic and the mediocre. The crowd and the cloud are related topoi with respect to the concept of the typology in social and aesthetic realms. This project highlights the consequence of third-personality as a basis of artistic expression as authorial indifference and impassivity to subjectivity, exceptionality, and, ultimately, to the artist’s abdication of authorship.



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