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Media Representations of Gender and Torture Post-9/11 (Routledge Studies in Rhetoric and Communication) [Kindle Edition]

Marita Gronnvoll

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In this timely book, Gronnvoll offers a feminist rhetorical examination of gender and torture, looking at the media coverage of Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay, as well as recent popular entertainment television serials where torture appears as a plot device (including 24). In exposing news media coverage to such scrutiny, she finds that cases of American personnel engaging in torture achieved notoriety chiefly because of the fact that women were perpetrators. The language of commentators suggests at least as much social outrage over the gender performance of the women as over the fact of torture being committed by Americans. At the same time, political and social discourses sketch a portrait of an intractable enemy in the form of the Muslim "Other" and betray a longing for a savior warrior hero who is capable of prevailing over this perceived "evil." Yet, news coverage of Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay suggests women warriors are socially perceived as lacking the necessary qualifications to be such saviors. This finding provides a transition into an examination of popular entertainment television programs that feature male and female heroes as government agents engaged in fighting the war on terrorism. Ultimately, Gronnvoll's analysis suggests that a Western cultural longing for a savior is partially fulfilled through fictional programming portrayals of masculine warriors who engage in torture and remain heroic.

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About the Author

Marita Gronnvoll is an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric in the Department of Communication Studies at Eastern Illinois University.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2705 KB
  • Print Length: 187 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (10 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003PJ7EBQ
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and insightful 8 Jan. 2014
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I selected this book per my interest in U.S. military-service personnel, particularly female military-service personnel and Gronnvoll's research provides quite a different view than other scholars on the topic.

I appreciated the range of source material she draws from to justify her claims and the insightful (and inventive) connections she makes in her analyses.

Highly recommended to anyone studying visual rhetoric, gender, the U.S. military, U.S. Military-service personnel.
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