Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department / School

Communication Studies and Theatre

First Advisor

Michael Schliessmann


This analysis examines the content and context within the popular culture film, Wayne's World, using the methodology and theories of Kenneth Burke. Specific research methods used in this research include the dramatistic pentad and the strategies of identification and ratio. Because there are several references to past popular culture in the film, this study further examines strategies of reflective popular culture as it is applied to the film's dialogue, properties or visual representation, and music. Elements of new semantic discourse which evolved from the film for a current generation of popular culture film audiences is also examined.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Popular culture -- United States
Comedy films -- History and criticism
Wayne's world (Motion picture)




South Dakota State University



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