Texas Tech University

Alumni College Fellow

Alicia Miklos


"Melodrama and Myth in Nicaraguan Crime Reporting on Gender Violence"

This talk explores the mythic archetypes and melodramatic framing that characterize crime journalism about gender violence in contemporary Nicaragua. Primarily, I analyze reporting and photography for cases of femicide, which feminist scholars define as the murder of women because they are women. By looking at several well publicized cases from 2012, I explain how mythic characterizations of victims and perpetrators play on archaic notions about women's proper place and role in society. My main concern is how this style of reporting ignores changing gender norms and presents an outdated, polarized vision of gender relations in Nicaragua today.

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Humanities Center