Date of Award

Fall 1-6-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art & Art History

First Advisor

Harper Montgomery

Second Advisor

Kyle Gann

Academic Program Adviser

Lynda Klich


Robert Ashley defined the majority of his works as “television operas”—spoken narrative music for television broadcast. Analyzing Ashley’s works through their cross-disciplinarity, this thesis addresses the development of Ashley’s chosen medium; assesses his use of visual, linguistic, and musical structures; and interprets their basis in American cultural identity.



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