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The relationship between feminism and domesticity has recently come in for renewed interest in popular culture. This collection makes an intervention into the debates surrounding feminism’s contentious relationship with domesticity and domestic femininities in popular culture. It offers an understanding of the place of domesticity in contemporary popular culture whilst considering how these domesticities might be understood from a feminist perspective. All the essays contribute to a more complex understanding of ...

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Overview

The relationship between feminism and domesticity has recently come in for renewed interest in popular culture. This collection makes an intervention into the debates surrounding feminism’s contentious relationship with domesticity and domestic femininities in popular culture. It offers an understanding of the place of domesticity in contemporary popular culture whilst considering how these domesticities might be understood from a feminist perspective. All the essays contribute to a more complex understanding of the relationships between feminism, femininity and domesticity, developing new ways of theorizing these relationships that have marked much of feminist history. Essay topics include Marguerite Patten, reality television shows like How Clean is Your House?, the figure of the maid in contemporary American cinema, aging or widowed domestic femininities, and the relationship between domesticity and motherhood.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135894269
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/7/2008
  • Series: Routledge Advances in Sociology
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 186
  • File size: 280 KB

Meet the Author

Stacy Gillis is Lecturer in English at Newcastle University, UK. Her research interests are in feminist theory, detective fiction and cybertheory. The editor of The Matrix Trilogy: Cyberpunk Reloaded (2005) and co-editor of Third Wave Feminism (Rev. ed., 2007), her current work includes a book on the corpse in popular culture.

Joanne Hollows is Reader in Media and Cultural Studies at Nottingham Trent University, UK. She is the author of Feminism, Femininity and Popular Culture (2000) and Domestic Cultures (2008) and co-author of Food and Cultural Studies (2004). She has also co-edited a number of collections, including Feminism in Popular Culture (2006).

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Table of Contents

Introduction Stacy Gillis Gillis, Stacy Joanne Hollows Hollows, Joanne 1

Pt. I Feminism, Postfeminism and Domestic Femininity

1 Marguerite Patten, Television Cookery and Postwar British Femininity Rachel Moseley Moseley, Rachel 17

2 Feminism and the Critique of Consumer Culture, 1950-1970 Lydia Martens Martens, Lydia 33

3 "I Am Not a Housewife, but ...": Postfeminism and the Revival of Domesticity Stephanie Genz Genz, Stephanie 49

Pt. II Figures of Domestic Femininity

4 Shall I Be Mother?: Motherhood and Domesticity in Popular Culture Wendy Parkins Parkins, Wendy 65

5 The Husbandless Home: Domesticity and the Young Widow in the Contemporary Novel Sarah Gamble Gamble, Sarah 79

6 Domestic Desire: Older Women in Six Feet Under and Brothers & Sisters Kristyn Gorton Gorton, Kristyn 93

7 Ready-Maid Postfeminism?: The American 'Domestic' in Popular Culture Suzanne Leonard Leonard, Suzanne 107

Pt. III Domestic Femininity in Reality and Lifestyle Television

8 Domestic Dystopias: Big Brother, Wife Swap and How Clean is Your House? Anna Hunt Hunt, Anna 123

9 "It's Just Sad": Affect, Judgement and Emotional Labour in 'Reality' Television Viewing Helen Wood Wood, Helen Beverley Skeggs Skeggs, Beverley Nancy Thumim Thumim, Nancy 135

10 Consuming Nigella Lise Shapiro Sanders Sanders, Lise Shapiro 151

Contributors 165

Index 169

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