Barbara L. Baker

Barbara L. Baker
University of Texas at Dallas | UTD · School of Arts and Humanities

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Barbara L. Baker currently works at the School of Arts and Humanities, University of Texas at Dallas. Barbara L. does research in Film Criticism, Communication. and Media. Their current project is 'Myth and Gender in Current Popular Film'.
Additional affiliations
August 2014 - June 2021
University of Texas at Dallas
Position
  • Senior Lecturer
Description
  • Teach various communication classes
December 2010 - December 2017
University of Central Missouri
Position
  • Professor Emeritus
Description
  • Emerita professor in Communication Studies; occasionally teach film classes on-line as emerita adjunct.
August 1988 - December 2011
University of Central Missouri
Position
  • Professor
Description
  • Full professor teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses in Communication; directed theses and other graduate research.
Education
August 1978 - August 1990
University of Southern California
Field of study
  • Communication & Film

Publications

Publications (9)
Conference Paper
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One of the more controversial films of 2006 was the highly anticipated The Da Vinci Code, based on Dan Brown's best-selling novel. Most criticism focused on the historical and religious problems in both the novel and subsequent film, leading some to claim that the storyline represented a type of " radical feminism " in its presumed secret marriage...
Conference Paper
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Although widely recognized as a type of mythic discourse, the popular film trilogy known as Star Wars also contains within it an ambiguous message about gender. Using a feminist/rhetorical methodology, the study argues that Star Wars employs androgynous representations as rhetorical strategies which function to purify and transform the nature of th...
Data
The abstract of the dissertation project, from August 1990
Article
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This paper discusses the merits and limitations of using both fiction and nonfiction films and videos to teach issues related to gender (especially issues of appearance, dieting, aging, abuse, rape, and power relationships between the sexes) in gender communication courses (and by extension, other communication courses, such as interpersonal commun...
Chapter
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Thesis
Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Southern California, 1990. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 354-386).

Projects

Projects (2)
Archived project
Project
To extend and update earlier work through scholarly critique of the current "Star Wars" films and possibly also "Wonder Woman." Ideally this will result in a conference presentation & then publication.