Language and the Manipulation of Teen Women's Identity: Creating Deficiency, Subverting Agency and Devaluing Teen Women's Personhood on the Multiple Levels of Discourse in Teen Women's Magazines

Language and the Manipulation of Teen Women's Identity: Creating Deficiency, Subverting Agency and Devaluing Teen Women's Personhood on the Multiple Levels of Discourse in Teen Women's Magazines

by Addie Sayers China

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Abstract:

In this dissertation I analyze the linguistic construction of the imagined teen reader on the multiple levels of discourse in three teen magazines, Teen, Seventeen, and YM. More specifically, I explore how teen women readers are constructed morphologically, syntactically, semantically, and pragmatically throughout all text within magazine editorial control. I ultimately argue that teen magazine discourse in this project presents teen women as fundamentally lacking and undermines their agency; the magazine then uses discourse features to sell teen women solutions to the discursively-constructed problems they created.

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ISBN-13: 9780530005461
Publisher: Dissertation Discovery Company, LLC
Publication date: 09/26/2019
Pages: 414
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.02(h) x 0.85(d)

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