In 2013 Angelina Jolie revealed in a New York Times editorial that she underwent a preventive double mastectomy earlier that year. This qualitative study examines the social meaning of that Times piece. Using fantasy theme analysis, I unearth the story the American media told about Jolie, her surgery and her editorial. I find that newspapers and magazines dramatized Jolie’s gender traits and portrayed her as an ultra-feminine hero protected from the physical and social threats of breast cancer.
Michel, Angie, "Beautiful Disease: The Story of Angelina Jolie’s Mastectomy in the American Media" (2014). Maria Dittman Library Research Competition: Student Award Winners. 14.
Angie Michel research process