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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.


Graduate/Professional category recipient of the Library's Maria Dittman Award, Spring 2014. This paper was written for COMM 6100: Qualitative Research Methods. © Angie Michel.

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