Document Type



Bachelor of Arts in English


Margaret Case, Ph.D.


In 2007, Universal Studios released the movie musical, Across The Universe, which pays tribute to the Beatles and culture of the 1960s. Many protested that the movie’s popular culture form was degrading the legendary work of the Beatles. This negative reaction, however, may have been a result of American society operating under the misunderstanding of the role of popular culture. This thesis argues first that Across the Universe is a relevant and appropriate medium for a tribute to the Beatles. It then uses this argument as a case study that attempts to shatter the mistaken ideology that analyzing popular culture has no academic value.