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dc.contributor.authorRay, Sara Elizabeth
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T20:33:37Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T20:33:37Z
dc.date.issued2012-05
dc.identifier.otherray_sara_e_201205_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/ray_sara_e_201205_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/28081
dc.description.abstractEven the earliest feminist critics expressed concern about the tendency of popular entertainment to reinforce negative gender stereotypes on impressionable young women. This paper examines the role of media in the construction of gender in today’s society through a comparative textual analysis of two similar yet different series targeted to young girls—Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Twilight Saga. Using feminist theory as a critical framework, this paper identifies a series of shared feminist themes that are prevalent within both narratives, and then analyzes the representation of gender roles inherent within these themes. These representations are further considered within the historical context of the feminist movement to determine whether feminism is currently experiencing a regression or progression in popular culture. This paper is informed by canon feminist literature, as well as recent academic discussion of Buffy and Twilight.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectFeminism
dc.subjectPostfeminism
dc.subjectMedia
dc.subjectPop Culture
dc.subjectBuffy the Vampire Slayer
dc.subjectThe Twilight Saga
dc.subjectPatriarchy
dc.subjectGender
dc.subjectSexuality
dc.titleFrom Buffy to Bella
dc.title.alternativefeminism, gender roles, and role models in popular culture
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMA
dc.description.departmentGrady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
dc.description.majorJournalism and Mass Communication
dc.description.advisorJennifer Smith
dc.description.committeeJennifer Smith
dc.description.committeeHorace Newcomb
dc.description.committeeCarolina Acosta-Alzuru


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