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Villains and Heroes: An Analysis of Outlander’s Portrayal of Sexual Violence

Abstract Using a critical textual approach and a feminist lens, this paper analyses the television adaptation, Outlander, and its depictions of sexual violence. The nature of adaptation and how the adaptation process can lead to incidental as well as intentional alterations in the storytelling are addressed throughout the paper. The analysis is done in two parts, the first exploring emergent themes such as the use of bodies’ geographic location, scars, and nudity to depict messages about power, the impact of the adaptation’s choice to promote Jamie’s perspective, and the use of cinematic techniques as narrative devices. The second half of the analysis covers how notable characters and events are framed by the show to promote a division between pure ... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Heath, Mary (Author) / Mean, Lindsey (Advisor) / Nadesan, Majia (Committee member) / Gruber, Diane (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Communication / Gender studies / Critical Studies / Outlander / Rape / Sexual Violence / Television
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 147 pages
Language English
Note Masters Thesis Communication 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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