Feminist Television Criticism / Edition 2by Charlotte Brunsdon, Lynn Spigel
Pub. Date: 12/28/2007
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
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.
Contributors: Ien Ang, Jane Arthurs , Sarah Banet-Weiser ,Karen Boyle, Marsha F. Cassidy, Geok-lian Chua ,Bonnie J. Dow, Joanne Hollows, Deborah Jermyn , Annette Kuhn, Elizabeth MacLachlan, Purnima Mankekar, Tania Modleski, Laurie Ouellette, Yeidy M. Rivero, Lee Ann Roripaugh, Beretta E. Smith-Shomade, Kimberly Springer, Ksenija Vidmar-Horvat, Susan J. Wolfe.
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Table of Contents
Introduction to the second edition 1
Programmes and Heroines 21
The Search for Tomorrow in Today's Soap Operas: Notes on a feminine narrative form Tania Modleski 29
Sex and the City and Consumer Culture: Remediating postfeminist drama Jane Arthurs 41
Women with a Mission: Lynda La Plante, DCI Jane Tennison and the reconfiguration of TV crime drama Deborah Jermyn 57
Divas, Evil Black Bitches, and Bitter Black Women: African-American women in postfeminist and post-civil rights popular culture Kimberly Springer 72
Ellen, Television and the Politics of Gay and Lesbian Visibility Bonnie J. Dow 93
You'd Better Recognize: Oprah the iconic and television talk Beretta E. Smith-Shomade 111
"Take Responsibility for Yourself": Judge Judy and the neoliberal citizen Laurie Ouellette 139
Feeling Like a Domestic Goddess: Postfeminism and cooking Joanne Hollows 154
Feminism Without Men: feminist media studies in a post-feminist age Karen Boyle 174
Girls Rule! Gender, feminism, and Nickelodeon Sarah Banet-Weiser 191
The (In)visible Lesbian: Anxieties of representation in The L Word Susan J.Wolfe Lee Ann Roripaugh 211
Audiences, Reception Contexts and Spectatorship 219
Women's Genres: Melodrama, soap opera, and theory Annette Kuhn 225
Melodromatic Identifications: Television fiction and women's fantasy Ien Ang 235
National Texts and Gendered Lives: An ethnography of television viewers in a North Indian City Purnima Mankekar 247
Defining Asian Femininity: Chinese viewers of Japanese TV dramas in Singapore Elizabeth MacLachlan Geok-lian Chua 273
The Globalization of Gender: Ally McBeal in post-socialist Slovenia Ksenija Vidmar-Horvat 288
The Performance and Reception of Televisual "Ugliness" in Yo soy Betty la fea Yeidy M. Rivero 302
Sob Stories, Merriment, and Surprises: The 1950s audience participation show on network television and women's daytime reception Marsha F. Cassidy 320
Select Bibliography 341
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