Year of Publication
Master of Arts in Linguistic Theory and Typology (MALTT)
Arts and Sciences
Dr. Edward Barrett
Margaret Cho is a comedic goddess who, in her mockery, serves flaming hot social commentary about race, body image, and fatness. Within this thesis, I used critical discourse analysis to understand how Margaret Cho embodies Asianness, whiteness, and the body types and images prescribed respectively. While working on data analysis, I came across a common media trope of fat women: the use of indexically Southern (United States), Appalachian, and Working class indexicals in speech and lexical items. I connected the ideologies surrounding Southern and Appalachian language to the inequalities that fat women face. This voicing had not previously been written about and I have chosen to call it, “fat voice.”
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Cox, Julia, "A FAT IMPOSTER: THE EMBODIED INTERSECTION BETWEEN RACE, BODY TYPE AND FATNESS IN MARGARET CHO’S COMEDY" (2021). Theses and Dissertations--Linguistics. 42.
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