Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Women's Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Peter Lindsay - Chair

Second Advisor

Dr. Marti Singer

Third Advisor

Dr. Susan Talburt


This project works to illuminate some of the main theoretical claims that writers of the third wave make in order to understand these claims as rhetorical devices used to make themselves visible and real. Being visible is a common theme in third wave texts and realness is a site that is both contested and embraced. Being Visible and being real work together to situate third wave actors in a U.S. feminist continuum that is sprinkled with contradiction and ambiguity. This thesis will examine the contextual development of third wave feminism, and then using examples of realness and visibility in the three third wave anthologies, Being Real, Third Wave Agenda, and Catching a Wave, this thesis will interrogate at the rhetorical significance of those themes.