Title

Brazil and 12 Monkeys: Terry Gilliams' Foucauldian-Baudrillardian Dystopias

Document Type

Thesis

Publication Date

1999

Advisor

Wendy Sterba

Abstract

Terry Gilliam's films Brazil and 12 Monkeys are intricate dystopias with bizarre and eye-catching imagery. Using the theories of Michel Foucault and Jean Baudrillard, this thesis divides dystopian narrative into two distinct categories: Power and Technological. Once the boundaries for the categories are established, it becomes evident that Gilliam's masterpieces fit the specifications for both. In creating comprehensive dystopias that address both types of dystopia, Gilliam has opened up spaces for resistence to Baudrillard's hyperreality and even defies the irreversibility that Baudrillard claims is inevitable.

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