Date of Award

Spring 5-4-2022

Degree Type

Closed Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Susan Talburt

Second Advisor

Dr. Megan Sinnott

Third Advisor

Dr. Juliana Kubala


This research aims to deconstruct mainstream Egyptian TV talk show representations of Arab LGBQ people through identifying and dissecting the strategies they deploy to manufacture anti-queer representations. The representation strategies I study are: the construction of the ideal viewer, advancing an “us” vs. “them” paradigm, reproducing queer people as the “Other,” fetishization, and the mobilization of false impartiality. The second aspect I explore is how power relations limit moments of resistance within the defined space of the interviews I analyze. Lastly, I interrogate how the growing social struggle in discourse has affected more recent mainstream representations, particularly in the years of 2017 and 2018. In my analysis, I refer to Norman Fairclough’s analysis of the use of language as inseparable from social structures, Teun van Dijk’s research concerning the common discursive means that media utilizes, and Stuart Hall’s investigation of the work of representation and the process of producing meaning.


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