This book is the first volume in a major new series, Oxford Television Studies and provides a comprehensive anthology on all the major issues relating to feminism and the production and reception of television. The feminist critical engagement with television has transformed the understanding of the medium. The initial focus on the domestic and explorations of the feminine has had to keep pace with an increasingly complex relationship between television programming, society, and women as producers and audience, contemporary theory, and the late twentieth-century society. Feminist Television Criticism explores that complexity. Most of the pieces selected deal with genres and topics that have been the dominant subjects of feminist television analysis-soaps mini-series, serials, sitcoms, housewives, "new women" heterosexual and lesbian romances, female audiences, and domesticity. Throughout, the focus is on feminist genres and how feminist critical understanding has developed in a historical perspective. Feminist Television Criticism will be an important teaching and study resource for all students and scholars working in the field of television studies, media studies, gender studies, and cultural studies.
About 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).
Table of Contents
PART I: Housewives, Heroines, Feminists