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

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

by Ritch Calvin
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McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

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

This work examines the 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 look at series’ 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786437276
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 05/01/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 229
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Introduction—“Where You Lead”:Gilmore Girls and the Politics of Identity

Ritch Calvin 1

1. Welcome to Stars Hollow: Gilmore Girls, Utopia, and the Hyperreal

Erin K. Johns and Kristin L. Smith 23

2. Rory Gilmore and Faux Feminism: An Ivy League Education and Intellectual Banter Does Not a Feminist Make

Molly McCaffrey 35

3. Reinventing the Bitch: The Dynamicism of Paris Geller

Angela Ridinger-Dotterman 50

4. Drats! Foiled Again: A Contrast in Definitions

Anne K. Burke Erickson 63

5. Good Girls, Bad Girls, and Motorcycles: Negotiating Feminism

Alicia Skipper 80

6. Got MILF? Losing Lorelai in Season Seven

Tiffany Aldrich MacBain and Mita Mahato 96

7. Wheat Balls, Gravlax, Pop Tarts: Mothering and Power

Melanie Haupt 114

8. Generation Gap? Mothers, Daughters, and Music

Faye Woods 127

9. Like Mother-Daughter, Like Daughter-Mother: Constructs of Motherhood in Three Generations

Stacia M. Fleegal 143

10. Gender Lies in Stars Hollow

Brenda Boyle and Olivia Combe 159

11. Food Fights: Food and Its Consumption as a Narrative Device

Lindsay Coleman 175

12. Still More Gilmore: How Internet Fan Communities Remediate Gilmore Girls

Daniel Smith-Rowsey 193

Appendix: Episode Guide 205

Notes on Contributors 213

Character Index 217

General Index 219

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