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The museum of American cancelled television shows: Manhattan and public memory
Aguila Reyes, Ana Margarita
Nerricio, William A.
Boyd, RichardWerry, Chris
The purpose of this paper is to explain the comic book project titled, “The Museum of American Cancelled Television Shows: Manhattan and Public Memory.” The paper will be divided into two sections: The research topic and the comic’s objective, which work together to accomplish the goal of reshaping public memory. Before I delve into the sections, I will briefly explain the project. The project is a comic book adaption of an academic research paper I wrote on the television show Manhattan and its reshaping of the Manhattan Project’s traditional pro-nuclear power public memory to a conservative and anti-nuclear power one where other possibilities existed besides dropping the atomic bomb on Japan. With the use of photographs and images from the television show, the nuclear attacks on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Manhattan Project’s scientists and their experiments, and the 1980s Peace March for nuclear disarmament, among other visual representations, I explore how Manhattan leads its audience toward moral questions on the invention of the first atomic bomb, casting doubt on its deployment and therefore, abandoning the traditional and infamous public memory of the Manhattan Project. The reason for the adaption is an educational one. After I wrote the academic research paper, Manhattan was cancelled due to low ratings. However, the cancelation did not mean the show did not accomplishing its task of reshaping public memory. It did accomplish it. Thus, it is for this reason that I chose to give Manhattan another life beyond television through a comic book available to a wider academic audience interested in the show’s educational premise.
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Arts and Letters
Master of Arts (M.A.) San Diego State University, 2018
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