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Prime-Time Feminism: Television, Media Culture, and the Women's Movement Since 1970
     

Prime-Time Feminism: Television, Media Culture, and the Women's Movement Since 1970

by Bonnie J. Dow
 

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Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title

Dow discusses a wide variety of television programming and provides specific case studies of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, One Day at a Time, Designing Women, Murphy Brown, and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. She juxtaposes analyses of genre, plot, character development, and narrative structure with the

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Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title

Dow discusses a wide variety of television programming and provides specific case studies of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, One Day at a Time, Designing Women, Murphy Brown, and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. She juxtaposes analyses of genre, plot, character development, and narrative structure with the larger debates over feminism that took place at the time the programs originally aired. Dow emphasizes the power of the relationships among television entertainment, news media, women's magazines, publicity, and celebrity biographies and interviews in creating a framework through which television viewers "make sense" of both the medium's portrayal of feminism and the nature of feminism itself.

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"Dow's critical insights are inventive, ranging wisely across several disciplines, particularly the history of the U.S. women's movement."—Journal of Communication

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812215540
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/1996
Series:
Feminist Cultural Studies, the Media, and Political Culture Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Meet the Author

Bonnie J. Dow is Assistant Professor of Communication at North Dakota State University.

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