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Postmodern puddles: A method for understanding the presence and meaning of bodily fluids in contemporary culture, and in artistic works of women, African-American, Latino and gay artists of the nineteen eighties and nineteen nineties.

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  • Fine Arts.
  • Art History.
  • Cinema.


The primary objectives of the dissertation are to document and explain the surfeit and significance of bodily fluids in contemporary culture and the arts in the last two decades. Since bodily fluids are not new in western culture, just newly conceived and significant, a postmodern method involves an examination of multiple frames of meaning that have been recognized through historical production and current postmodern adoption. Part of the dissertation is dedicated to recognizing and discussing the most obvious of those frames: Religion, Science, Politics, and Horror. The exploration of the persistence, combination, fracturing, and transformation of such frames from traditional, to modern, to postmodern usage is an important part of the analysis.

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