Visual methodologies through a feminist lens: South African soap operas and the post-apartheid nation

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Abstract

Using a discussion of South African soap operas, I will place the idea of visuality in a discourse analysis that incorporates a feminist epistemological lens, or an epistemology that integrates reflexivity and an acknowledgment of the dialogic nature of visual media. Through this discussion, I will examine the possibilities that dialogism provides for unpacking and exploring the politics of imperfect translation between the visual and the textual. These methodological interventions, I argue, will help enrich discussions of the visual's role in the contested realm of geographic imaginations and move beyond the distanced position of the masculine gaze.

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