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Open Access Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts


Media Studies

Reader 1

Thomas Connelly

Reader 2

Carlin Wing

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This paper explores the way that “truth” is constructed in a fictional sphere through visual and narrative references. I draw upon Caetlin Benson-Allott’s Paranormal Spectatorship, and Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin’s Remediation to inform my analysis of these constructions. I look specifically at Roanoke, the sixth season of American Horror Story, to provide examples of the way faux footage horror’s unique use of the subjective shot constructs the spectator as both a witness and an interrogator, and creates an aesthetic language of truth. While being immersed in the story, viewers are simultaneously invited to consider how the narrative is being constructed, and by whom. This parallactic viewing experience suggests a future for the unique challenge of serialized televisual horror.