Mothers on Mothers: Maternal Readings of Popular Television

Mothers on Mothers: Maternal Readings of Popular Television

by Rebecca Feasey


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Mothers on Mothers: Maternal Readings of Popular Television by Rebecca Feasey

From Supernanny to Gilmore Girls, from Katie Price to Holly Willoughby, a wide range of examples of mothers and motherhood appear on television today. Drawing on questionnaires completed by mothers across the UK, this book sheds new light on the varied and diverse ways in which expectant, new and existing mothers make sense of popular representations of motherhood on television. The volume examines the ways in which these women find pleasure, empowerment, escapist fantasy, displeasure and frustration in popular depictions of motherhood. The research seeks to present the voice of the maternal audience and, as such, it takes as its starting point those maternal depictions and motherwork representations that are highlighted by this demographic, including figures such as Tess Daly and Katie Hopkins and programmes like TeenMom and Kirstie Allsopp’s œuvre.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783034318266
Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/21/2015
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

About the Author

Rebecca Feasey is Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Communications at Bath Spa University. She has published a range of work on the representation of gender in popular media culture, including book-length studies on masculinity and popular television and motherhood on the small screen.

Table of Contents

Contents: Media methods research: Finding audiences and giving a voice to mothers – Maternal preferences: From ordinary celebrity to the sitcom star – Emulation, not identification: Sartorial styles, domestic skills and maternal discipline – Bad mothers and poor role models: Maternal inadequacy and the problem of perfection – Conclusion: A call for maternal diversity.

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