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A rhetorical analysis of hegemonic and counterhegemonic performances in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)

Author: David Blond Ohlsen
Publisher: [Long Beach, California] : California State University, Long Beach, 2017.
Dissertation: M.A. California State University, Long Beach 2017
Series: California State University, Long Beach.; Master's thesis collection, Department of Communication Studies.
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Document : Thesis/dissertation : eBook   Computer File : English
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Abstract: A global entertainment powerhouse with millions of fans, WWE produces and archives thousands of hours of content every year that is often dismissed as low brow, incomprehensible, base, and/or harmless. However, WWE content is guilty of propitiating heteronormativity, binary gender construction, and the exploitation, repression, and erasure of LGBTQ+ culture.
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Genre/Form: Academic theses
Named Person: Chris Jericho; Chris Jericho
Material Type: Document, Thesis/dissertation, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Blond Ohlsen
ISBN: 9780355252316 0355252317
OCLC Number: 1012611984
Description: 1 online resource (iv, 89 pages)
Series Title: California State University, Long Beach.; Master's thesis collection, Department of Communication Studies.
Responsibility: by David Blond Ohlsen.

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Abstract: A global entertainment powerhouse with millions of fans, WWE produces and archives thousands of hours of content every year that is often dismissed as low brow, incomprehensible, base, and/or harmless. However, WWE content is guilty of propitiating heteronormativity, binary gender construction, and the exploitation, repression, and erasure of LGBTQ+ culture.

I argue that the pro wrestling personae that perform in the fictional WWE universe are perfect embodiments of Judith Butler's theory of performativity, as evidenced in how the gender and sexuality of these often fluid and paradoxical personae are discursively constructed. This thesis also analyzes ironic and transcendent counterhegemonic performances by personae that can be read as rupturing WWE's repressive, heteronormative hegemony, as informed by Kenneth Burke. This thesis is an analysis of the counterhegemonic personae Nia Jax, Tyler Breeze, Bayley, and Chris Jericho based on their appearances in primary WWE content between 2 January, 2017 and 25 April, 2017.

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