Master of Arts (M.A.)
Degree Granting Department
Humanities and Cultural Studies
Scott Ferguson, Ph.D.
Amy Rust, Ph.D.
Andrew Berish, Ph.D.
adulthood, bromance, comedy, homosocial, Judd Apatow, neoliberalism
This thesis offers a critical examination of what I call the “Apatow aesthetic” in order to analyze the social processes of growing up in contemporary neoliberal network society. While doctors, psychologists and social scientists still proffer a model of mid- 20th century human development centered around a chronologically-determined life cycle, the Apatow aesthetic imagines a non-linear reality where traditional life events and social practices don’t always correspond to specific age groups. Specifically, I argue, the Apatow aesthetic subjects the spectator to the pleasures and pains of these life-cycle disruptions, and reveals the unfolding of a new cultural shift which challenges the legitimacy of mid-century heteronormative, adulthood.
Scholar Commons Citation
Rosen, Michael D., "The Apatow Aesthetic: Exploring New Temporalities of Human Development in 21st Century Network Society" (2016). Graduate Theses and Dissertations.