Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA
"But, Whatever The Reason, His Heart or His Shoes, He Stood There on Christmas Eve, Hating the Whos": Dr. Seuss' The Grinch as The Racialized Other in American Culture
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Marci McMahon
Dr. Caroline Miles
Dr. Shawn Thomson
This thesis analyzes Dr. Seuss’ the Grinch as a modern myth in US society that provides an imaginary resolution to the perceived encroachment of racial and cultural heterogeneity in the various time periods in which the text has circulated. Each chapter closely reads three different versions of the story, including Dr. Seuss’ children’s book published in 1957, the 1966 animated TV special directed by Chuck Jones, and the 2000 film directed by Ron Howard and starring Jim Carrey. In each chapter, I consider the racial politics prevalent in each time period in order to elucidate my claim that various media representations of the Grinch reveal American culture’s attitude towards the racialized Other. Ultimately, I argue that the Grinch functions to represent an imagined racialized Other who in each text must become acculturated in the end, thereby paralleling US cultural attitudes toward the “other” who must conform to US dominant culture.
University of Texas-Pan American
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