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

dc.contributorBagley, Meredith M.
dc.contributorOhl, Jessy J.
dc.contributorBennett, Beth S.
dc.contributorTekobbe, Cindy
dc.contributor.advisorBagley, Meredith M.
dc.contributor.advisorOhl, Jessy J.
dc.contributor.authorBrown, Christina Marie
dc.contributor.otherUniversity of Alabama Tuscaloosa
dc.date.accessioned2020-09-30T17:23:52Z
dc.date.available2020-09-30T17:23:52Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.descriptionElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.description.abstractWitches 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.en_US
dc.format.extent112 p.
dc.format.mediumelectronic
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.otheru0015_0000001_0003584
dc.identifier.otherBrown_alatus_0004M_14167
dc.identifier.urihttp://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/6983
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.hasversionborn digital
dc.relation.ispartofThe University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartofThe University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.rightsAll rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.en_US
dc.subjectRhetoric
dc.titleCasting a spell on feminism: a rhetorical analysis of Sabrina Spellman and the dialectic of feminist liberation and patriarchal controlen_US
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etdms.degree.departmentUniversity of Alabama. College of Communication
etdms.degree.disciplineCommunication Studies
etdms.degree.grantorThe University of Alabama
etdms.degree.levelmaster's
etdms.degree.nameM.A.
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