AuthorLancaster, Sarah Helen
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AbstractThis thesis explores the characterization of evil matriarchs within quality television dramas. Contemporary serial dramas are often masculinized, which complicates the portrayals of female characters. The analysis focuses on motherhood, because mothers are simultaneously uplifted and disregarded by the male characters within these shows more so than other female characters. In contrast to the idealized depictions of motherhood found throughout television, this thesis focuses on matriarchs that resort to villainy in order to retain power for their families. The case studies examine Gemma Morrow from Sons of Anarchy and Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones, as these shows are strong representations of contemporary masculine dramas. The research reveals that evil matriarchs desire masculine freedom and the power attached to it; however, their maternal love for their children prevents them from successfully dismantling gender hierarchies.
Degree ProgramHonors College
Film and Television