Casting a spell on feminism: a rhetorical analysis of Sabrina Spellman and the dialectic of feminist liberation and patriarchal control

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dc.contributor Bagley, Meredith M.
dc.contributor Ohl, Jessy J.
dc.contributor Bennett, Beth S.
dc.contributor Tekobbe, Cindy
dc.contributor.advisor Bagley, Meredith M.
dc.contributor.advisor Ohl, Jessy J.
dc.contributor.author Brown, Christina Marie
dc.date.accessioned 2020-09-30T17:23:52Z
dc.date.available 2020-09-30T17:23:52Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003584
dc.identifier.other Brown_alatus_0004M_14167
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/6983
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Witches have long captivated the public’s imagination as symbols of both the oppression and liberation of women. This tension between control and liberation is precisely why the witch is such a powerful symbol for feminism. This thesis explores how gendered representations of witches in popular culture index the status/strength/struggles of feminism at any given time. This thesis is a feminist rhetorical analysis of one witch in particular: Sabrina Spellman. Originally a 1962 Archie comic character, then the 1996 live-action series Sabrina the Teenage Witch starring Melissa Joan Hart, Sabrina returned again in the 2018 Netflix reboot the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina staring Kiernan Shipka. Due to Sabrina’s rich history and persistence, she serves as a reflection of feminism at different points in time. This thesis explores the rhetorical strategies through which Sabrina is depicted as a symbol for feminist liberation, but also the ways patriarchal control is enforced in each of these texts to limit her power.
dc.format.extent 112 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Rhetoric
dc.title Casting a spell on feminism: a rhetorical analysis of Sabrina Spellman and the dialectic of feminist liberation and patriarchal control
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. College of Communication
etdms.degree.discipline Communication Studies
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.A.


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