Resistance and Power
In situations of apparently stable, absolute power, it is sometimes difficult to imagine how and why resistance would emerge, yet somehow it almost always manages to. While the circumstances surrounding its origins and emergence can differ, and even how this ‘rage against the machine’ manifests, it doesn’t detract from the fact that where resistance exists, there lies a chink in the armor of power, making ‘absolute’ power a problematic term in itself.
Denise will attempt to investigate the similarities and differences for the source of motivation for resistance in the novel 1984 and the movie, V for Vendetta. Both set in England, but at different times; 1984 is set in 1984 while V for Vendetta is set in the 21st century. During both times, England is ruled by a totalitarian government. Fear and surveillance were the main tools of control. Her working thesis would be to conclude whether there is significant difference or similarity between the two sources, which have yet to be confirmed. The two secondary sources that she will use are Foucault’s "The Eye of Power" and The Truman Show. She will draw on the problems of the Panopticon that Foucault discusses and the sources of motivation that drive Truman to escape to clarify the relations between her two primary sources.
Mei Yi’s paper deals primarily with the films 1984 (directed by Michael Radford) and A Clockwork Orange, looking at how directors portray the acts of resistance and punishment as well as their use of cinematographic tools to create atmospheres complementing them within the films. A Clockwork Orange, directed by Stanley Kubrick, tells of a young man who roams the streets committing violent crimes with his gang before being caught and rehabilitated (brainwashed), following through to consequences that come from the highly experimental rehabilitation technique. Landscapes feature most prominently in her analysis as she examines how directors have chosen to link certain spaces (rooms, cities, natural landscapes) to certain behaviors (punishment, oppression, defiance, freedom) and what meanings these associations create for audiences about the greater frameworks of resistance and punishment as a whole.