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Feminist television criticism

Feminist television criticism

Brunsdon, Charlotte; Spigel, Lynn

This second edition has been completely revised to take account of changes in the television industries, the academic field of television studies, and the culture and politics of feminist movements

Paperback, Hardback, Book. English.
2nd ed.
Published Maidenhead: Open University Press, 2007
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Statement of responsibility: Charlotte Brunsdon, Lynn Spigel, editors
ISBN: 0335225446, 0335225454, 9780335225446, 9780335225453
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 352 p.
Subject: Feminist criticism.; Television criticism.; Feminist criticism; Television criticism


  1. Introduction
  2. Introduction to Part One: Programmes and Heroines
  3. 1. The Search for Tomorrow in Today’s Soap Operas: Notes on a Feminine Narrative Form - Tania Modleski
  4. 2. “Sex and the City” and Consumer Culture: Remediating Postfeminist Drama – Jane Arthurs
  5. 3. Women with a Mission: Lynda La Plante, DCI Jane Tennison and the Reconfiguration of TV Crime Drama – Deborah Jermyn
  6. 4.Divas, Evil Black Bitches, and Bitter Black Women: African-American Women in Postfeminist and Post-Civil Rights Popular Culture – Kimberly Springer
  7. 5.“Ellen”, Television and the Politics of Gay and Lesbian Visibility – Bonnie J. Dow
  8. 6.You’d Better Recognize: Oprah the Iconic and Television Talk – Beretta E. Smith-Shomade
  9. 7.“Take Responsibility for Yourself” Judge Judy and the Neoliberal Citizen – Laurie Ouellette
  10. 8.Feeling Like a Domestic Goddess: Postfeminism and Cooking – Joanne Hollows
  11. 9.Feminism Without Men: Feminist Media Studies in a Post-Feminist Age – Karen Boyle
  12. 10.Girls Rule! Gender, Feminism, and Nickelodeon – Sarah Banet-Weiser
  13. 11.The (In)visible Lesbian: Anxieties of representation in the L word – Susan J. Wolfe and Lee Ann Roripaugh
  14. Introduction to Part Two: Audiences, Reception Contexts, and Spectatorship
  15. 12.Women’s Genres: Melodrama, Soap Opera, and Theory – Annette Kuhn
  16. 13. Melodromatic Identifications: Television Fiction and Women’s Fantasy – Ien Ang
  17. 14.National Texts and Gendered Lives: An Ethnography of Television Viewers in a North Indian City – Purnima Mankekar
  18. 15.Defining Asian Femininity: Chinese Viewers of Japanese TV Dramas in Singapore – Elizabeth MacLachlan and Geok-lian Chua
  19. 16.The Globalization of Gender: Ally McBeal in Post-Socialist Slovenia – Ksenija Vidmar-Horvat
  20. 17.The Performance and Reception of Televisual ‘Ugliness’ in “Yo soy Betty la Fea” – Yeidy M. Rivero
  21. 18.Sob Stories, Merriment, and Surprises: The 1950s Audience Participation Show on Network Television and Women’s Daytime Reception – Marsha F. Cassidy
  22. Bibliography

Author note

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).