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dc.contributor.advisorAakhus, Patricia
dc.contributor.advisorHart, Betty L.
dc.contributor.advisorWasserman, Elliot H.
dc.contributor.authorMoore, Adam E.
dc.date.accessioned2019-12-09T18:13:43Z
dc.date.available2019-12-09T18:13:43Z
dc.date.issued2011
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12419/348
dc.descriptionThesis available in Rice Library University Archives and Special Collection.
dc.description.abstractSigns and Wonders tells the story of Hershel Wallace, a photographer fresh from the battlefields of the American Civil War. Left a cynical, embittered man by his experiences, Hershel is reduced to the position of travelling carnival photographer, hawking war photographs to an unsympathetic public while attempting to care for his mute young brother Erland. Things change for the brothers when Agatha Douglas enters their lives with an offer of employment. A wealthy, recently widowed woman, Agatha wishes them to photograph the stately home where she and her husband, the renowned Spiritualist medium Addison Douglas, have lived in peaceful isolation from the war for the past several years. Upon arriving, though, Hershel and Erland discover the place bears a strange history as the site of an attempted Spiritualist communal farm of Addison's, and its current residents seem to harbor foreboding secrets about the behavior of the late head of the manor. Driven as much by bitterness as a desire to provide for himself and Erland, Hershel formulates a plan: he will take doctored "spirit photographs" of the house and present his mute brother as a latent medium, thus stretching out the brothers' stay at the home ( as well as their earnings). Soon, however, Hershel's plan takes on a life of its own, as Erland begins exhibiting strange behavior, particularly when around Agatha, whom the young man is obviously attracted to. Is Erland running a con scheme of his own? Or is genuinely possessed by the spirit of Addison Douglas? Hershel is thus thrown into a struggle for the soul of his brother, one that will cause him to question his previously held cynicism, as well as the nature of reality itself.
dc.titleSigns and wonders : an original screenplay
html.description.abstractSigns and Wonders tells the story of Hershel Wallace, a photographer fresh from the battlefields of the American Civil War. Left a cynical, embittered man by his experiences, Hershel is reduced to the position of travelling carnival photographer, hawking war photographs to an unsympathetic public while attempting to care for his mute young brother Erland. Things change for the brothers when Agatha Douglas enters their lives with an offer of employment. A wealthy, recently widowed woman, Agatha wishes them to photograph the stately home where she and her husband, the renowned Spiritualist medium Addison Douglas, have lived in peaceful isolation from the war for the past several years. Upon arriving, though, Hershel and Erland discover the place bears a strange history as the site of an attempted Spiritualist communal farm of Addison's, and its current residents seem to harbor foreboding secrets about the behavior of the late head of the manor. Driven as much by bitterness as a desire to provide for himself and Erland, Hershel formulates a plan: he will take doctored "spirit photographs" of the house and present his mute brother as a latent medium, thus stretching out the brothers' stay at the home ( as well as their earnings). Soon, however, Hershel's plan takes on a life of its own, as Erland begins exhibiting strange behavior, particularly when around Agatha, whom the young man is obviously attracted to. Is Erland running a con scheme of his own? Or is genuinely possessed by the spirit of Addison Douglas? Hershel is thus thrown into a struggle for the soul of his brother, one that will cause him to question his previously held cynicism, as well as the nature of reality itself.
dc.contributor.degreeMaster of Arts in Liberal Studies
dc.typeThesis (M.A.L.S.)--University of Southern Indiana, 2011


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