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MIDDLE EASTERN WOMEN'S ISSUES: AN ANALYSIS OF A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS AND THE NEW YORK TIMES

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   1 MIDDLE EASTERN WOMEN’S ISSUES: AN ANALYSIS OF  A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS  AND THE NEW YORK TIMES By LINDSAY B. SHAPIRO  A THESIS PRESENTEDTO THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF ARTS IN MASS COMMUNICATION UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA 2010   2 © 2010 Lindsay B. Shapiro   3  ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I thank everyone who helped me gather and organize the information needed to make my thesis meaningful and comprehensive. To my parents and sisters: thank you for always keeping me grounded and not letting me fly away on the tails of my tangents. I would like to especially thank Dr. Ronald Rodgers, my committee chair, who spent hours counseling me on the proper direction for this paper. I would also like to thank Dr. Johanna Cleary and Dr. Rasha Kamhawi, two committee members who took special care in keeping me on track and giving informed and valuable advice.   4 TABLE OF CONTENTS page  ACKNOWLEDGMENTS .................................................................................................. 3    ABSTRACT ..................................................................................................................... 6 CHAPTER 1 THE STUDY ............................................................................................................. 8   1.1   Introduction ...................................................................................................... 8   1.2 Context and Textual Implications ................................................................... 10   2 LITERATURE REVIEW .......................................................................................... 13   2.1   Setting the Agenda ......................................................................................... 13   2.2   Middle Eastern Women’s Issues .................................................................... 17   2.3   Depiction of Middle Eastern Women in Media ................................................ 23   2.4   Research Question ......................................................................................... 24   3 METHOD ................................................................................................................ 26   3.1 Textual Analysis ............................................................................................. 26   3.2   Qualitative Content Analysis .......................................................................... 27   4 RESULTS ............................................................................................................... 30   4.1   Summary of  A Thousand Splendid Suns  ........................................................ 30   4.2   Themes Presented in  A Thousand Splendid Suns  ......................................... 32   4.3 New York Times  Articles Thematically Related to  A Thousand Splendid Suns  ............................................................................................................... 34   4.3.1 Male Domination .................................................................................. 34   4.3.2 Sexual Abuse, Childbearing, Attempts at Rebellion ............................ 34   4.3.3 Educational Oppression ...................................................................... 35   4.3.4 Male Domination, Physical and Mental Abuse, Attempts at Rebellion ............................................................................................. 35   4.3.5 Male Domination, Restriction, Female Bonding ................................... 36   4.3.6 Male Domination .................................................................................. 36   4.3.7 Educational Oppression, Male Domination, Physical and Mental  Abuse .................................................................................................. 36   4.3.8 Body Coverings, Restriction, Attempts at Rebellion ............................ 37   4.3.9 Male Domination, Body Coverings ...................................................... 37   5 DISCUSSION ......................................................................................................... 39    APPENDIX: THEME CATEGORIES ............................................................................. 44     5 LIST OF REFERENCES ............................................................................................... 46   BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH ............................................................................................ 52  
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