Year of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Department or School/College
Department of Communication Studies
Michelle Obama, Signifyin[g], Feminine Style, Post-Identity
University of Montana
African American Studies | American Politics | Critical and Cultural Studies | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Communication | Speech and Rhetorical Studies
This thesis examines the public discourse of the first African American first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. I argue that Michelle Obama uses the double-voiced discourses of feminine style and African American Signifyin[g] to negate post-race and post-gender mythologies that suggest that American society is “beyond identity”. Looking at three of Obama’s speeches: Michelle Obama's 2008 Democratic National Convention Speech, The Remarks by the First Lady at Memorial Service for Dr. Maya Angelou, and Remarks by the First Lady at Tuskegee University Commencement Address this thesis argues that Michelle Obama performativity interrogates and questions gender and race relations in the United States.
Valgento, Tracy, "Knowledge and Resistance: Feminine Style and Signifyin[g] in Michelle Obama’s Public Address" (2016). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 10692.
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