Cuklanz, Lisa. Rape on Prime Time: Television, Masculinity, and Sexual Violence. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000.

Rape on Prime Time examines the changing depictions of rape on television and provides important insight into the social construction of rape in mainstream mass media since the inception of rape law reform in 1974.


Cuklanz, Lisa. Rape on Trial: How the Mass Media Construct Legal Reform and Social Change. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996.

Why has so much of the public discussion of rape focused on a few specific cases, and to what extent has this discussion incorporated the feminist perspective on rape? Rape on Trial explores these questions and provides answers based on a detailed examination of the mainstream news coverage of the John and Greta Rideout marital rape case, the Big Dan’s Tavern gang rape case, and the Webb-Dotson rape recantation case.


Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Cuklanz, Lisa, Rodriguez, Pilar, Pando, Maria Jesus, and Martin, Annabel. Significance of Gender Studies in the field of Communication Studies," submitted to Revista de Investigacion en Educacion, SPAIN, 2013.

Cuklanz, Lisa, and Moorti, Sujata. "Television's New Feminism: Prime Time Representations of Women and Victimization." Critical Studies in Media Communication 23.4 (October, 2006): 302-321.

Cuklanz, Lisa, and Wong, Wendy Siuyi. “Women Comic Artists in Hong Kong History.” Journal of Gender Studies (November 2002) 11.3: 253-266.

Cuklanz, Lisa, and Wong, Wendy Siuyi. “The Emerging Image of the Modern Woman in Hong Kong Comics of the 1960s and 1970s.” International Journal of Comic Art (Fall 2000): 33-53.

Cuklanz, Lisa. “The Masculine Ideal: Prime Time Representations of Rape, 1976-1978.” Critical Studies in Mass Communication 15 (December 1998): 423-448.

Cuklanz, Lisa. “Gender, Representation, and Social Control: An Interdisciplinary Course.” with Nicole Rafter. Women and Criminal Justice 8.4 (Winter 1997): 99-109.

Cuklanz, Lisa. “Opposing Verdicts in the Webb-Dotson Rape Case: Legal Versus News Constructions.” Communication Studies 46 (Spring 1995): 45-56.

Cuklanz, Lisa. “Shrill Squawk or Strategic Innovation: A Rhetorical Reassessment of Margaret Sanger’s Woman Rebel.” Communication Quarterly 43.1 (Winter 1995): 1-19.

Cuklanz, Lisa. “Public Expressions of ‘Progress’ in Discourses of the Big Dan’s Rape.” Women and Language 27.1 (Spring 1994): 1-11.

Cuklanz, Lisa. “Truth in Transition: Discursive Constructions of Character in the Rideout Rape in Marriage Case.” Women’s Studies in Communication 16.1 (Spring 1993): 74-101.

Book Chapters

Cuklanz, Lisa. "Mass Media Representation of Gendered Violence," in The Routledge Companion to Media and Gender, Edited by Linda Steiner, Lisa McLaughlin, and Cynthia Carter. New York: Routledge, pp. 32-41, (Chapter 2), 2013.

Cuklanz, Lisa and McIntosh, Heather. "Feminist Textual Analysis," in Feminist Reserach Practice: A Primer (2nd edition), Edited by Sharlene Hesse-Biber. Washington DC: Sage Publications, pp. 264-295, (Chapter 5), 2013.

Cuklanz, Lisa, and Moorti, Sujata. "Television's New Feminism: Prime Time Representations of Women and Victimization." Selected for reprint in Gender, Race, and Class in Media, Edited by Gail Dines and Jean Humez, pp. 115-126, (Chapter 14), 2010.

Cuklanz, Lisa. "Gendered Violence and Mass Media Representation," in The Sage Handbook of Gender and Communication, edited by Bonnie Dow and Julia T. Wood. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2006, pp. 335-354.

Cuklanz, Lisa, and Wendy Siuyi Wong. “Humor and Gender Politics: A Textual Analysis of the First Feminist Comic in Hong Kong.” Comics and Ideology, edited by Matthew P. McAllister, Edward Sewall, and Ian Gordon. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2001, pp. 69-98.

Cuklanz, Lisa. “Mainstream News Frames the Hill/ Thomas Hearings.” Outsiders Looking In: A Communication Perspective on the Hill/Thomas Hearing. Ed. P. Siegel. Communication and Law Series. New York: Hampton Press, 1996, pp. 167-182.

Cuklanz, Lisa. “News Coverage of Ethnic and Gender Issues in the Big Dan’s Rape Case.” Feminism, Multiculturalism, and the Media: Global Diversities. Ed. A. N. Valdivia. London: Sage Publications, 1995: 145-162.

Cuklanz, Lisa. “Male is to Female as _____ is to _____ : A Guided Tour of Five Feminist Frameworks for Communication Studies.” with Kathryn Cirksena. Women Making Meaning: New Feminist Directions in Communication. Ed. L. Rakow. New York: Routledge, Chapman and Hall, 1992: 18-44.


Cuklanz, Lisa. "Review of Framing Female Lawyers," in Political Communication 24.4 (October-December, 2007): 475-476.

Cuklanz, Lisa. "The Limitations of Mass Mediated Discourses on Rape." Review of Communication 3.4 (October 2003): 379-383.

Cuklanz, Lisa. “Review of Dinner Roles: American Women and Culinary Culture and Welcome to the Dreamhouse: Popular Media and Postwar Suburbs,” in National Women’s Studies Association Journal 15.2 (Summer 2003): 204-206.

Cuklanz, Lisa. The Color of Rape (Book). Women & Language 25.2 (Fall 2002): 32-33.

Cuklanz, Lisa. “Video Review of Barbie Nation: An Unauthorized Tour” in Feminist Media Studies 1.2 (Fall 2001): 261-263.