Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2013

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Lisa Flores

Second Advisor

John Ackerman

Third Advisor

John Jackson


This MA thesis proposes a rhetorical analysis of Katie Orlinsky's photojournalism piece entitled "Mexico's Drug War, Feminized" that was published in the New York Times in 2011. The analysis of this text will explore rhetorical intersections between the visual, memory, nation, and narrative. More specifically, in this analysis I engage (visual) rhetorical criticism and narrative criticism to address (1) how this photojournalistic piece rhetorically constructions visual gendered narratives and (2) how these narratives participate in processes of collective memory and thus the theorizing of nation. I therefore use visual rhetoric scholarship and narrative criticism to not only analyze the text throughout this thesis, but also to situate it within larger sociocultural discourses, memory processes, and the theorizing of nation.

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