Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The elephant in the room: Examining visual metaphors of Chris Christie in political cartoons
by Lopez, Alixandria Gabriela, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 124; 1591634
Abstract (Summary)

New Jersey governor Chris Christie has gained widespread media attention for his aggressive public persona, his involvement in the Bridgegate scandal, and for weighing almost 400 pounds at the beginning of his political career. In this thesis, I conduct a metaphor analysis on political cartoons featuring Christie. By alternately focusing on his weight and his Italian heritage, cartoons utilize body-centric attacks to transform Christie into monsters, inanimate objects, manual laborers, women, and other entities, inextricably tying Christie's politics to his physicality. I argue that Christie's body is heavily gendered throughout the cartoons, reinforcing the conservative masculinist script and hegemonic masculinity. Thus, I end this thesis by exploring how the denigration of Christie's body could prove damaging to Christie's career and aid in the construction of non-normative bodies in the public sphere.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Heyse, Amy L.
Commitee: Downey, Sharon D., Smith, Craig R.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Communication Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Communication, Rhetoric
Keywords: Christie, Chris, Gender studies, Metaphor, Political cartoons, Political rhetoric, Rhetoric
Publication Number: 1591634
ISBN: 9781321834406
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