Date of Award
College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences
Kate Willink, Ph.D.
Ann Dobyns, Ph.D.
Richie Niel Hao
Fashion, Identity, Culture, Rhetorical communication, Feminism
This thesis project will examine cultural and rhetorical communication studies to determine how these modes of analysis can be compared with interdisciplinary literature to better understand the role fashion plays within everyday performances and the shaping of identity. Criticisms by second-wave feminist scholars have focused on the fashion industry's overarching male influence; in more recent scholarship, feminist academics have often considered an affinity for fashion to be un-feminist and oppressive. I argue that fashion can instead be viewed as a tool for female agency and expressing individuality, rather than just a mode for reinforcing gendered norms. Using feminist rhetorical analysis and visual content analysis, this project examines imagery found on three popular fashion blogs to a determine how fashion is viewed by scholars, especially as a communicative tool in relation to identity, as well as how an interdisciplinary approach enriches the study of fashion and communication.
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Received from ProQuest
Neumann, Jessica L., "Fashioning the Self: Performance, Identity and Difference" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 475.