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Third Wave Feminism and Television: Jane Puts It in a Box / Edition 1

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The sexual politics of television culture is the territory covered by this ground-breaking book - the first to demonstrate the ways in which third wave feminist television studies approaches and illuminates mainstream TV. Leading voices in third wave feminism focus on innovative US television shows, including The Sopranos, Oz, Six Feet Under, The L Word and the reality-TV show The Bachelor to take a closer look at the contradictions and reciprocities between feminism and television, engaging as they go in theoretical and critical conversations about media culture, third wave feminism, feminist spectatorship, the sex wars, and the politics of visual pleasure.

The book offers an exuberant and accessible discussion of what television has to offer today's feminist fan. It also sets a new tone for future debate, turning away from a sober, near-pessimistic trend in much feminist media studies to reconnect with the roots of third wave feminism in riot girl culture, sex radical feminism, and black feminism, tracing too the narratives provided by queer theory in which pleasure has a less contested place.

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Editorial Reviews

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"If you know a sucker for any of the following -- Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, vampires -- then you may want to pick up this awesome anthology for them. Johnson…brings together a range of totally intriguing and theoretically rigorous essays on the intersection between popular television and new feminisms.'

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845112462
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/20/2007
  • Series: Reading Contemporary Television Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.57 (w) x 8.57 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Merri Lisa Johnson has published widely on representations of female sexuality in literature and popular culture. She is Editor of Jane Sexes It Up (2001) and of two online collections: a special issue of Women Writers on "Autobiographical Literary Criticism" and a special issue of The Scholar and Feminist on "Feminist Television Studies: The Case of HBO". She is Director of the Center for Women's Studies at the University of Carolina-Upstate.

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Table of Contents

Foreword -- Rhonda Hammer and Douglas Kellner
• Introduction: Ladies Love Your Box: The Rhetoric of Pleasure and Danger in Feminist Television Studies - Merri Lisa Johnson
• Gangster Feminism: The Feminist Cultural Work of HBO's 'The Sopranos'
• Female Heterosexual Sadism: The Final Feminist Taboo in 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series -- Carol Seigel
• Primetime Harem Fantasies: Marriage, Monogamy, and a Bit of Feminist Fanfiction on ABC's 'The Bachelor' -- Katherine Frank
• Getting Wet: The Heteroflexibility of Showtime's 'The L Word' -- Candace Moore
• Queer as Box: Boi Spectators and Boy Culture on Showtime's 'Queer as Folk' -- J. Bobby Noble
• Rape and Reality on HBO's 'Oz': An Advocate's Perspective -- Lara Stemple
• "The Room" as "Heterosexual Closet": The Life and Death of Alternative Relationalities on HBO's 'Six Feet Under' -- Leslie Heywood

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