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Beauty, brains, and bylines: Comparing the female journalist in the fiction of Sherryl Woods and Sarah Shankman


2009 2009

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This work examines the image of the female journalist in two series of novels by authors Sherryl Woods and Sarah Shankman. Tracing the image of the female journalist from its historical roots to its appearance in late twentieth-century fiction, this study uses the two main protagonists as a guide. Focusing on major stereotypes like the sob sister, stunt reporter, victim, and "one of the boys," this work contextualizes her image alongside her real-life popular culture counterparts. Close examinations of the characters' relationships with men, newsgathering ethics, and publicity they experience as successful female reporters working in a predominately male profession are crucial to the larger picture to which these images contribute. The authors' attempts at reproducing accurate representations of females within the newsroom and portraying progressive, liberated representations of womanhood are also considered. The final chapter analyzes the series' raceless Southern settings as both a historical impossibility and the creation of a utopian society that propagates racism without "racists."

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Subject
Modern literature;
Journalism;
Womens studies;
American literature
Classification
0298: Modern literature
0391: Journalism
0453: Womens studies
0591: American literature
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Social sciences; Language, literature and linguistics; Female journalists; Gender stereotypes; Investigative reporting and ethics; Mythologies of womanhood; Racism and the South; Reporter fiction
Title
Beauty, brains, and bylines: Comparing the female journalist in the fiction of Sherryl Woods and Sarah Shankman
Author
Rossie, Amanda Marie
Number of pages
94
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
0208
Source
MAI 47/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109140170
Advisor
Saltzman, Joe
Committee member
Banet-Weiser, Sarah; Castaneda, Laura
University/institution
University of Southern California
Department
Journalism(Online Journalism)
University location
United States -- California
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1464294
ProQuest document ID
304997486
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304997486
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