Feminist Television Criticism: A Reader / Edition 2

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The first edition of this book immediately became a defining text for feminist television criticism, with an influence extending across television, media and screen studies - and the second edition will be similarly agenda-setting. Completely revised and updated throughout, it takes into account the changes in the television industry, the academic field of television studies and the culture and politics of feminist movements.

With fifteen of the eighteen extracts being new to the second edition, the readings offer a detailed analysis of a wide range of case studies, topics and approaches, including genres, audiences, performers and programmes such as Sex and the City, Prime Suspect, Oprah and Buffy.

With a new introduction to the volume tracing developments in the field and introductions to each thematic section, the editors engage in a series of debates surrounding the main issues of feminist television scholarship. They explore how television represents feminism and consider how critics themselves have created feminism and post-feminism as historical categories and political identities. Readings consider women who are engaged in various aspects of television production on both sides of the camera and examine how television targets and imagines its female audience, as well as how women respond to and use television in their everyday lives. Feminist Television Criticism is inspiring reading for film, media, cultural and gender studies students.

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"Highly recommended for graduate studies and research in feminist, television, and cultural studies."--Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335225446
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Charlotte Brunsdon is Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick, UK. Her books include Screen Tastes: Soap Opera to Satellite Dishes and The Feminist (1997), the Housewife and the Soap Opera (2000).

Lynn Spigel is a professor and the Frances E Willard Chair of Screen Cultures at Northwestern University, Illinois, USA. She is author of Make Room for TV: Television and the Family Ideal in Postwar America (1992) and co-editor of Television after TV: Essays on a Medium In Transition (2004).

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Programmes and Heroines 21

1 The Search for Tomorrow in Today's Soap Operas: Notes on a feminine narrative form Tania Modleski Modleski, Tania 29

2 Sex and the City and Consumer Culture: Remediating postfeminist drama Jane Arthurs Arthurs, Jane 41

3 Women with a Mission: Lynda La Plante, DCI Jane Tennison and the reconfiguration of TV crime drama Deborah Jermyn Jermyn, Deborah 57

4 Divas, Evil Black Bitches, and Bitter Black Women: African-American women in postfeminist and post-civil rights popular culture Kimberly Springer Springer, Kimberly 72

5 Ellen, Television and the Politics of Gay and Lesbian Visibility Bonnie J. Dow Dow, Bonnie J. 93

6 You'd Better Recognize: Oprah the iconic and television talk Beretta E. Smith-Shomade Smith-Shomade, Beretta E. 111

7 "Take Responsibility for Yourself": Judge Judy and the neoliberal citizen Laurie Ouellette Ouellette, Laurie 139

8 Feeling Like a Domestic Goddess: Postfeminism and cooking Joanne Hollows Hollows, Joanne 154

9 Feminism Without Men: feminist media studies in a post-feminist age Karen Boyle Boyle, Karen 174

10 Girls Rule! Gender, feminism, and Nickelodeon Sarah Banet-Weiser Banet-Weiser, Sarah 191

11 The (In)visible Lesbian: Anxieties of representation in The L Word Susan J. Wolfe Wolfe, Susan J. Lee Ann Roripaugh Roripaugh, Lee Ann 211

Pt. 2 Audiences, Reception Contexts and Spectatorship 219

12 Women's Genres: Melodrama, soap opera, and theory Annette Kuhn Kuhn, Annette 225

13 Melodromatic Identifications: Television fiction and women's fantasy Ien Ang Ang, Ien 235

14 National Texts and Gendered Lives: An ethnography of television viewers in a NorthIndian City Purnima Mankekar Mankekar, Purnima 247

15 Defining Asian Femininity: Chinese viewers of Japanese TV dramas in Singapore Elizabeth MacLachlan MacLachlan, Elizabeth Geok-lian Chua Chua, Geok-lian 273

16 The Globalization of Gender: Ally McBeal in post-socialist Slovenia Ksenija Vidmar-Horvat Vidmar-Horvat, Ksenija 288

17 The Performance and Reception of Televisual "Ugliness" in Yo soy Betty la fea Yeidy M. Rivero Rivero, Yeidy M. 302

18 Sob Stories, Merriment, and Surprises: The 1950s audience participation show on network television and women's daytime reception Marsha F. Cassidy Cassidy, Marsha F. 320

Select Bibliography 341

Index 363

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