Third Wave Feminism and Television: Jane Puts It in a Box

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Merri Lisa Johnson
I.B.Tauris, Apr 15, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 226 pages
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The sexual politics of television culture is the territory covered by this ground-breaking book - the first to demonstrate the ways in which third wave feminist television studies approaches and illuminates mainstream TV. Leading voices in third wave feminism focus on innovative US television shows, including The Sopranos, Oz, Six Feet Under, The L Word and the reality-TV show The Bachelor to take a closer look at the contradictions and reciprocities between feminism and television, engaging as they go in theoretical and critical conversations about media culture, third wave feminism, feminist spectatorship, the sex wars, and the politics of visual pleasure. 
 
The book offers an exuberant and accessible discussion of what television has to offer today's feminist fan.  It also sets a new tone for future debate, turning away from a sober, near-pessimistic trend in much feminist media studies to reconnect with the roots of third wave feminism in riot girl culture, sex radical feminism, and black feminism, tracing too the narratives provided by queer theory in which pleasure has a less contested place.
 
  

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For all Buffy fans, this book has an entirely different take on the kickass-ness (or lack of) in the Buffy character. Read full review

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I really liked reading this one, although I don't buy all of the assumptions the authors make about the shows. Yes, The Bachelor is nothing more than misogynist crap. No, I don't really see a feminist ... Read full review

Contents

THE RHETORIC
1
THE FEMINIST CULTURAL WORK
28
THE FINAL FEMINIST
56
MARRIAGE MONOGAMY
91
THE HETEROFLEXIBlLITY OF SHOWTIMES
119
BOI SPECTATORS AND BOY CULTURE
147
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
218
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About the author (2007)

Merri Lisa Johnson  has published widely on representations of female sexuality in literature and popular culture.  She is Editor of Jane Sexes It Up (2001) and of two online collections: a special issue of Women Writers on  "Autobiographical Literary Criticism" and a special issue of The Scholar and Feminist on "Feminist Television  Studies:  The Case of HBO".  She is Director of the Center for Women's Studies at the University of Carolina-Upstate.

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