Download and read online Television and Women s Culture in PDF and EPUB In this book an international team of contributors examines critically the relationship between television and women's culture. Although they recognize that television frequently distorts and oppresses women's experience, the authors avoid a simplistic manipulative view of the media. Instead they show how and why such different genres as game shows, police fiction and soap opera offer women opportunities for negotiation of their own meanings and their own aesthetic appreciation. Not for sale in Australia or New Zealand.
Download and read online Television Culture and Women s Lives in PDF and EPUB Contemporary cultural theory, feminist criticism, and ethnography converge in this provocative study of the construction of meaning in mass culture. Television Culture and Women's Lives explores the complex relationship between the gender conflicts played out in the scripts of the popular television show thirtysomething and the real-life conflicts experienced by "baby-boomer" women viewers. Women viewers often reinterpreted the program's conservative view on gender roles, seeing it instead as a protest against real dilemmas women face as they try to integrate career and family priorities. Heide's study confirms women viewers' close identifications with thirtysomething characters and positions audience responses against the backdrop of changes in the lives of women in the 1980s and 1990s. Television Culture and Women's Lives accessibly treats fascinating issues related to cultural criticism, the relationship between mass media, and audiences, and the struggles faced by women in late twentieth-century America.
Download and read online Prime Time Feminism in PDF and EPUB Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title for 1997 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.
Download and read online Inventing Television Culture in PDF and EPUB During the fertile decade 1955-65 the television institution emerged in a form which would be familiar for the next half century: this book attends to two aspects of its formation. The first entails the production strategies, programmes, schedules, and emergent generic modes as these were invented through a process of trial and error, allied to a close attention to building the mass audience - in short the question of how television invented itself. The second aspect concerns the place of women and the concept 'feminine' in the new institution. Television offered women access to the public sphere in ways that were potentially disruptive of the order prevailing in mid-1950s Britain. Apart from new employment opportunities, images of women and definitions of the feminine were purveyed nightly to an heterogeneous audience of millions, an audience that was itself under construction throughout the period. Through close attention to three discrete areas of programming (women's programmes, news and current affairs, and popular drama), the book aims to convey a sense of the excitement entailed in establishing the institution and to ask where and how it may have posed challenges to the prevailing patriarchal hegemony. Hence the productive interplay of two terms, television and the feminine, both of which were evolving rapidly during the period, is explored in the context of the contemporary discursive climate.
Download and read online Television History and American Culture in PDF and EPUB A collection of essays exemplifying feminist approaches to television history.
Download and read online Black Women s Portrayals on Reality Television in PDF and EPUB This book critically analyzes the portrayals of Black women in current reality television. Audiences are presented with a multitude of images of Black women fighting, arguing, and cursing at one another in this manufactured world of reality television. This perpetuation of negative, insidious racial and gender stereotypes influences how the U.S. views Black women. This stereotyping disrupts the process in which people are able to appreciate cultural and gender difference. Instead of celebrating the diverse symbols and meaning making that accompanies Black women's discourse and identities, reality television scripts an artificial or plastic image of Black women that reinforces extant stereotypes. This collection's contributors seek to uncover examples in reality television shows where instantiations of Black women's gendered, racial, and cultural difference is signified and made sinister.
Download and read online Athena s Daughters in PDF and EPUB A critical inquiry into the new woman warrior's appropriation of violence and the Western war narrative. It delves into the meaning of that appropriation for alternative storytelling, and provides a forum to recognize women's increasing role in popular culture as they are cast as action heroes.
Download and read online Watching Rape in PDF and EPUB In "Watching Rape", Sarah Projansky undermines the complacent view - that equality for women has already been achieved - in her analysis of depictions of rape in US film, televsion, and independent video. This study addresses the relationship between rape and postfeminism.
Download and read online Women Watching Television in PDF and EPUB Women's inclinations to identify with television characters varies with their assessment of the realism of these characters and their social world.
Download and read online Periods in Pop Culture in PDF and EPUB Periods in Pop Culture: Menstruation in Film and Television, by Lauren Rosewarne, investigates the portrayals of menstruation in film and television, spotlighting a paradox of a common bodily occurrence still causing controversy, fear, and offense. This is the first book to focus exclusively on media representations of menstruation and to undertake a comprehensive analysis of its depictions.
Download and read online Violent Femmes in PDF and EPUB The female spy has long exerted a strong grip on the popular imagination. With reference to popular fiction, film and television Violent Femmes examines the figure of the female spy as a nexus of contradictory ideas about femininity, power, sexuality and national identity. Fictional representations of women as spies have recurrently traced the dynamic of women’s changing roles in British and American culture. Employing the central trope of women who work as spies, Rosie White examines cultural shifts during the twentieth century regarding the role of women in the professional workplace. Violent Femmes examines the female spy as a figure in popular discourse which simultaneously conforms to cultural stereotypes and raises questions about women's roles in British and American culture, in terms of gender, sexuality and national identity. Immensely useful for a wide range of courses such as film and television studies, English, cultural studies, women’s studies, gender studies, media studies, communications and history, this book will appeal to students from undergraduate level upwards.
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Download and read online Soap opera and women s talk in PDF and EPUB "This book contains a good mix of original research and theorizing with a comprehensive survey of the literature in the field. Its aim--to get us to rethink and reevaluate the positive and progressive contribution of female soap opera fans to women's culture and through that to the broader culture of late capitalism--runs clearly throughout the book and is gratifyingly well achieved. I expect the book will make a significant contribution to television studies, cultural studies, and women's studies. This is a good book that will make a significant, original, and provocative contribution to the field. I expect it to be widely read and cited." --John Fiske, University of Wisconsin-Madison How can such an apparently trivial or even exploitative genre as soap opera be associated with empowerment for its viewers? The answer, states Mary Ellen Brown, is that soap operas create and support a social network in which talk becomes a form of resistive pleasure. Undertaken as an ethnographic study in which the author is a member of the group, a fan, and also a researcher, Soap Opera and Women's Talk demonstrates how the enjoyment of and engagement with soap operas create the opening for women to serve as wedges in the dominant culture. Brown explores how the hegemonic notions of femininity and womanhood are developed at one cultural site and how they can be accepted, resisted, and negotiated in the processes of consumption. This pivotal work on the relationships between feminism, cultural studies, and the media is essential reading for all students and scholars studying and working in these areas.
Download and read online Redesigning Women in PDF and EPUB In the 1990s, American televison audiences witnessed anunprecedented rise in programming devoted explicitly to women. Cablenetworks such as Oxygen Media, Women's Entertainment Network, and Lifetime targeted a female audience, and prime_time dramaticseries such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Judging Amy, Gilmore Girls, Sex and the City, and Ally McBeal empowered heroines, single careerwomen, and professionals struggling with family commitments andoccupational demands. After establishing this phenomenon'ssignificance, Amanda D. Lotz explores the audience profile, the types ofnarrative and characters that recur, and changes to the industrylandscape in the wake of media consolidation and a profusion ofchannel
Download and read online Women Television and Everyday Life in Korea in PDF and EPUB Fusing audience research and ethnography, the book presents a compelling account of women’s changing lives and identities in relation to the impact of the most popular media culture in everyday life: television. Within the historically-specific social conditions of Korean modernity, Youna Kim analyzes how Korean women of varying age and class group cope with the new environment of changing economical structure and social relations. The book argues that television is an important resource for women, stimulating them to research their own lives and identities. Youna Kim reveals Korean women as creative, energetic and critical audiences in their responses to evolving modernity and the impact of the West. Based on original empirical research, the book explores the hopes, aspirations, frustrations and dilemmas of Korean women as they try to cope with life beyond traditional grounds. Going beyond the traditional Anglo-American view of media and culture, this text will appeal to students and scholars of both Korean area studies and media and communications studies.