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dc.contributor.advisorPowell, Malea D.en
dc.contributor.advisorGrabill, Jeffreyen
dc.contributor.advisorMonberg, Terese Guinsataoen
dc.contributor.advisorHart-Davidson, Williamen
dc.contributor.advisorRehberger, Deanen
dc.contributor.authorSano-Franchini, Jenniferen
dc.date.accessioned2013-11-27T14:51:27Zen
dc.date.available2013-11-27T14:51:27Zen
dc.date.issued2013-05-01en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/24204en
dc.description.abstractIn The Rhetorical Making of the Asian/Asian American Face: Reading and Writing Asian Eyelids, I examine representations of East Asian blepharoplasty in online video in order to gain a sense of how cultural values change over time. Drawing on scholarship in and around rhetorical theory, cultural rhetorics, Asian American rhetoric, cultural studies, Asian American studies, and postcolonial theory alongside qualitative data analysis of approximately fifty videos and the numerous viewer comments that accompany them, this study is a rhetorical analysis of the discourse on East Asian blepharoplasty in online video. These videos--ranging from mass media excerpts and news reports, to journals of healing and recovery, to short lectures on surgeon techniques, to audience commentary--offer insight into how social time is negotiated in the cross-cultural public sphere of YouTube. I do my analysis in two steps, first looking at how rhetors rationalize the decision to get blepharoplasty, and second, examining the temporal logics that ground these rationalizations. As result, I've identified five tropes through which people rationalize double eyelid surgery: racialization, emotionologization, pragmatization, the split between nature and technology, and agency. Moreover, I've identified at least five temporal logics that ground these tropes: progress, hybridization, timelessness, efficiency, and desire. Using these two sets of findings I build a framework for the analysis, production and organization of multimodal representations of bodies.en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishingen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subjectAsian American rhetoricen
dc.subjectcultural rhetoricsen
dc.subjectdigital rhetoricen
dc.subjectAsian American studiesen
dc.subjectlanguageen
dc.subjectliterature and linguisticsen
dc.subjectsocial sciencesen
dc.subjectrhetorical theoryen
dc.subjectwritingen
dc.subjectmultimodal compositionen
dc.titleThe Rhetorical Making of the Asian/Asian American Face: Reading and Writing Asian Eyelidsen
dc.typeDissertationen
thesis.degree.namePhD in Rhetoric and Writingen
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen
thesis.degree.grantorMichigan State Universityen
thesis.degree.disciplineRhetoric and Compositionen


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