Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

1009

Date

2013

Date of Award

12-4-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Major

Creative Writing

Committee Chair

Kristen Iversen

Committee Member

Sonja Livingston

Committee Member

Joseph Jones

Abstract

Growing Up Female: A Feminist Origin Story seeks to explore the connection between the depictions of women in popular culture and media, and how they have affected the speaker. This work combines the narrative of a memoir with cultural criticism. The popular culture criticized serves as a backdrop to illuminate both the sense of place that surrounded the author growing up, and what the depictions of women looked like for those in Generation Y. Television, Disney movies, Barbie, Film, Pornography, Advertisements, and the internet serve as a way for the author to answer the question of whether or not she is a feminist. Through memoir and analysis of common tropes and common ideas about women, the author comes of age and also comes to the realization that she is a feminist.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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