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Feminist Television Criticism


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

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).

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