Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Melanie Mills


Chapter I briefly discusses the development the AIDS Quilt, demonstrates the importance of the AIDS Quilt as a form of communication, provides an overview of the major academic works on the AIDS Quilt, and describes the methodology to be employed in this study. Chapter II discusses the history of quilting as a form of social culture and the history of the quilt as a form of activism. This study found that the use of the Burkean Pentad also requires a review of the major kinds of studies that historically and currently define the use of this framework within academic circles. Therefore, Chapter III provides an overview of the Burkean Pentadic Analysis literature. Chapter IV presents the analysis and findings. The thesis concludes in Chapter V with a summary of the findings presented here as well as a discussion of the potential implications of the findings. Finally, questions for future research and concerns are addressed.