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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Brewer, Chad
URN etd-04092009-105427
Title The Stereotypic Portrayal of Women in Slasher Films: Then Versus Now
Degree Master of Mass Communication (M.M.C.)
Department Mass Communication
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Sanders, Meghan Committee Chair
DeFleur, Margaret Committee Member
Shipka, Danny Committee Member
  • stereotypes in slasher films
  • women in horror
  • slasher films
Date of Defense 2009-03-31
Availability unrestricted

In entertainment, the media often portray various social groups, including women, in certain negative ways and as having more negative qualities than other traditional social groups, such as white males. These portrayals provide viewers with ways of thinking about and acting towards members of a particular group, thus affecting communication and perception. This research seeks to analyze data on horror film stereotyping in a new way not by merely observing stereotypes of women in horror film, but by examining the content across time-periods and societal change. A textual analysis will compare 16 total films, 8 original films versus the later remakes of each film. This will help analyze the female stereotypes that exist within horror films as well as society. Even though the media says that stereotypic portrayals have changed over the last few decades, social stereotypes still exist today.

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