Gilmore Girls and the Politics of Identity: Essays on Family and Feminism in the Television Series

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This work examines the television series Gilmore Girls from a post-feminist perspective, evaluating how the show's main female characters and supporting cast fit into the classic portrayal of feminine identity on popular television. The book begins by placing Gilmore Girls in the context of the history of feminism and feminist television shows such as Mary Tyler Moore and One Day at a Time. The remainder of the essays examine the series from a number of perspectives, looking at its portrayal of traditional and non-traditional gender identities and familial relationships.
Topics include the hyper-real utopia represented by Gilmore Girls' fictional Stars Hollow; the faux-feminist perspective offered by Rory Gilmore's unfulfilling (and often masochistic) romantic relationships; the ways in which "mean girl" Paris Geller both adheres to and departs from the traditional archetype of female power and aggression; and the role of Lorelai Gilmore's oft-criticized marriage in destroying the show's central theme of single motherhood during its seventh season. The work also studies the role of food and its consumption as a narrative device throughout the show's development, evaluating the ways in which food negotiates, defines, and upholds the characters' gendered and class performances. The work also includes a complete episode guide listing the air date, title, writer, and director of every episode in the series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786437276
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 229
  • Sales rank: 828,621
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ritch Calvin teaches in the women's studies program at SUNY Stony Brook in New York.

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Table of Contents

Introduction "Where You Lead": Gilmore Girls and the Politics of Identity Ritch Calvin Calvin, Ritch 1

Welcome to Stars Hollow: Gilmore Girls, Utopia, and the Hyperreal Erin K. Johns Johns, Erin K. Kristin L. Smith Smith, Kristin L. 23

Rory Gilmore and Faux Feminism: An Ivy League Education and Intellectual Banter Does Not a Feminist Make Molly McCaffrey McCaffrey, Molly 35

Reinventing the Bitch: The Dynamicism of Paris Geller Angela Ridinger-Dotterman Ridinger-Dotterman, Angela 50

Drats! Foiled Again: A Contrast in Definitions Anne K. Burke Erickson Erickson, Anne K. Burke 63

Good Girls, Bad Girls, and Motorcycles: Negotiating Feminism Alicia Skipper Skipper, Alicia 80

Got MILF? Losing Lorelai in Season Seven Tiffany Aldrich MacBain MacBain, Tiffany Aldrich Mita Mahato Mahato, Mita 96

Wheat Balls, Gravlax, Pop Tarts: Mothering and Power Melanie Haupt Haupt, Melanie 114

Generation Gap? Mothers, Daughters, and Music Faye Woods Woods, Faye 127

Like Mother-Daughter, Like Daughter-Mother: Constructs of Motherhood in Three Generations Stacia M. Fleegal Fleegal, Stacia M. 143

Gender Lies in Stars Hollow Brenda Boyle Boyle, Brenda Olivia Combe Combe, Olivia 159

Food Fights: Food and Its Consumption as a Narrative Device Lindsay Coleman Coleman, Lindsay 175

Still More Gilmore: How Internet Fan Communities Remediate Gilmore Girls Daniel Smith-Rowsey Smith-Rowsey, Daniel 193

App Episode Guide 205

Notes on Contributors 213

Character Index 217

General Index 219

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