Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Thomas J. Slater, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Mike Sell, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Reena Dube, Ph.D.


This study is concerned with gender performances and how they are represented in Jordanian film. Three Jordanian films are studied in this thesis, Transit Cities (2010), When Monaliza Smiled (2012), and Captain Abu Raed (2008). These films introduce interesting characters who imply the embedded cultural and social construction of gender roles in the Jordanian society. By asking questions related to gender performance and representation the researcher aims at discussing the stereotypical gender images as well as gender performances in Jordanian film as it resonates in Jordanian society. Moreover, the theory of performance introduced by Richard Schechner as well as post-Jungian approaches to film studied by Greg Singh are utilized in this study to analyze the films in accordance with the textual analysis methodology.