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Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts


Photography and Film

First Advisor

Sasha Waters Freyer

Second Advisor

Paul Thulin

Third Advisor

Sonali Gulati


Through the lens of the horror film and the fairy tale, this thesis explores the notion of the grotesque as a boundary phenomenon—a negotiation of what is self and what is other. As such, it locates the function that the monstrous and the grotesque have in the formation of a personal and social identity. In asking why we take pleasure in the perverse, I explore how permutations of guilt, victimhood, and desire can be actively rewritten, in order to construct a stable sense of self.


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