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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Serge, Evan John
Author's Email Address ejserge@gmail.com
URN etd-05112009-143230
Title O Captain, My Captain! U.S Newspaper Framing of the Death of Captain America
Degree Master of Arts
Department Communication Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Ivory, James D. Committee Chair
Tedesco, John C. Committee Member
Waggenspack, Beth M. Committee Member
  • Framing
  • News Media
  • Entertainment News
  • Captain America
  • Comic Books
Date of Defense 2009-05-05
Availability unrestricted
This thesis explores how U.S. newspapers framed the death of Captain America. Specifically, the presence of various frames and their classifications was determined via a content analysis of 139 newspaper articles. Additionally, this thesis explores relationships between frame substance and other frame classifications. Generic/recurring frames were more prevalent than issue-specific/recurring frames. Frames tended to be episodic more often than thematic. Frames were also most likely to be neutral in valence, though differences from this overall trend emerged in some individual frames. Frames tended to be ambiguous rather than substantive. No relationship emerged between frame substance and the classification of generic/issue-specific frames, nor did one emerge between frame substance and the episodic/thematic frame classification. However, frames possessing negative valence were more likely to be ambiguous than frames possessing positive valence. Implications for framing theory and the news coverage’s treatment of Captain America’s death as an indicator of post-9/11 American identity are also discussed. Limitations of this study and opportunities for future research are acknowledged.
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