Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2024

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Courtnie Wolfgang

Second Advisor

Shana Cinquemani


This thesis explores the pedagogical value of cosplay through a focused case study and autoethnography, highlighting its influence on identity formation and community engagement among youth. The autoethnographic component provides a personal perspective, enriching the empirical data collected from participants in a cosplay workshop. The case study delves into how cosplay encourages skill development, creativity, and emotional resilience, facilitating a supportive and dynamic learning environment for young adults. Insights from this research demonstrate the significant benefits of integrating cosplay into art education, suggesting it can greatly enhance student engagement and promote diverse educational experiences. This study contributes to the understanding of non-traditional learning methods in fostering personal and communal growth in educational settings.



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