Title

Zombie Apocalypse America: It’s a Man’s World

Date

5-30-2013 3:30 PM

Location

Health and Wellness Center (HWC) 205

Department

Communication Studies

Session Chair

Emily Plec

Session Title

Top Papers in Media & Rhetorical Criticism

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Molly Mayhead

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

In recent years, a new craze has taken over the media. This zombie obsession has been led by AMC’s television series, The Walking Dead. This presentation looks at the rhetorical discourse of the hit drama’s first season by approaching it through the application of feminist criticism. The primary research question for this paper was: In what ways does the television show, The Walking Dead, reinforce sexist stereotypes against women? This presentation tries to answer this question by addressing the verbal, nonverbal, and symbolic actions within the series which reinforce gender stereotypes and promote patriarchal standards in society.

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May 30th, 3:30 PM

Zombie Apocalypse America: It’s a Man’s World

Health and Wellness Center (HWC) 205

In recent years, a new craze has taken over the media. This zombie obsession has been led by AMC’s television series, The Walking Dead. This presentation looks at the rhetorical discourse of the hit drama’s first season by approaching it through the application of feminist criticism. The primary research question for this paper was: In what ways does the television show, The Walking Dead, reinforce sexist stereotypes against women? This presentation tries to answer this question by addressing the verbal, nonverbal, and symbolic actions within the series which reinforce gender stereotypes and promote patriarchal standards in society.