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 approach and illuminate 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 grrrl culture, sex radical feminism and black feminism, tracing too the narratives provided by queer theory in which pleasure occupies a less contested place.
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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

Acknowledgements     vii
Foreword   Rhonda Hammer   Douglas Kellner     viii
Introduction Ladies Love Your Box: The Rhetoric of Pleasure and Danger in Feminist Television Studies   Merri Lisa Johnson     1
Gangster Feminism: The Feminist Cultural Work of HBO's the Sopranos   Merri Lisa Johnson     28
Female Heterosexual Sadism: The Final Feminist Taboo in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series   Carol Siegel     56
Primetime Harem Fantasies: Marriage, Monogamy, and a Bit of Feminist Fanfiction on ABC's the Bachelor   Katherine Frank     91
Getting Wet: The Heteroflexibility of Showtime's the L Word   Candace Moore     119
Queer as Box: BOI Spectators and Boy Culture on Showtime's Queer as Folk   Bobby Noble     147
HBO's OZ and the Fight Against Prisoner Rape: Chronicles from the Front Line   Lara Stemple     166
"The Room" as "Heterosexual Closet": The Life and Death of Alternative Relationalities on HBO's Six Feet Under   Leslie Heywood     189
About the Contributors     218
Index     221
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