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Frontiersmen Are The “Real Men” In Trump’S America: Hegemonic Masculinity At Work On U.S. Cable’S Version Of Blue-Collar Reality, Shannon Eileen Marie O'Sullivan Jan 2017

Frontiersmen Are The “Real Men” In Trump’S America: Hegemonic Masculinity At Work On U.S. Cable’S Version Of Blue-Collar Reality, Shannon Eileen Marie O'Sullivan

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The emergence and popularity of the so-called “blue-collar reality shows” on U.S. cable networks in the past decade provide a critical point of entry for understanding the intersecting relationships between race, gender, social class, and hegemonic constructions of individualism and “authenticity” in U.S. culture and electoral politics. These series center on white, male, heteronormative, working-class subjects whose shared structural location in a class-stratified society remains sublimated in favor of narrative frameworks that emphasize their perceived status as “real men.” These subjects are not configured as raced, gendered, and classed, but as “neutral” or “normal” in relation to these ...


The Future Looks Awfully Familiar: Gendered Representations In Popular Dystopian Television, Amanda K. Leblanc Jan 2014

The Future Looks Awfully Familiar: Gendered Representations In Popular Dystopian Television, Amanda K. Leblanc

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This thesis examines gendered portrayals in AMC’s The Walking Dead and NBC’s Revolution, two popular, contemporary television programs. The shows’ location at the generic intersections of science fiction and post-apocalyptic drama potentially allows for them to tell fantastic stories about people, place, and politics that diverge from current cultural conventions of gender, ability, and power. This project utilizes a feminist rhetorical criticism to interrogate these texts in order to uncover the degrees to which Revolution and The Walking Dead put forth narratives that uphold hegemonic assumptions and “norms” about gender, power, and survival despite their futuristic settings, as ...


Investigating The Glass Handcuff: Gendered Discourses, Occupational Identities, And The Leave-Taking Practices Of Men In Technical Occupations, Sarah J. Blithe Jan 2012

Investigating The Glass Handcuff: Gendered Discourses, Occupational Identities, And The Leave-Taking Practices Of Men In Technical Occupations, Sarah J. Blithe

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The intersections of work and nonwork fuel Discourses that beget biases, inequalities, and complications. Discourses of balance and entrepreneurialism are particularly laden with inequalities and contribute to both structural inequalities and biases that inform the everyday practices of individuals. This study explores the ways men in technical occupations invoke these Discourses when making decisions about when and whether to take leaves of absence. Technical occupations are well known to be particularly rife with inequities and simultaneously face a shortage of workers. As such, increasing equality in these occupations would both improve the lives of those working in technical jobs and ...


Metafiction In The Last September: Self-Writing, Performativity, And Storytelling, Alison Teresa Corbett Jan 2011

Metafiction In The Last September: Self-Writing, Performativity, And Storytelling, Alison Teresa Corbett

English Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Elizabeth Bowen’s The Last September, set during the Irish War of Independence, draws insistent attention to the elaborate fiction of normalcy on which the Anglo-Irish Ascendancy has come to depend through its highly self conscious meta-text. The novel’s fictionality, and the fictionality of the lives of its characters, emerges as a result of the characters’ sense that language can be used to defer and shape reality. The palpable sense of performance that pervades the novel, in addition to its insistence of the formative role of text, stories, and conversations in shaping character, prefigures the Ascendancy’s end long ...