"Gilmore Girls" and the Politics of Identity: Essays on Family and Feminism in the Television Series
By: Ritch Calvin (editor)Paperback
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This work examines the television series "Gilmore Girls" from a post-feminist perspective, evaluating how the show's main female characters and supporting cast fit into the classic portrayal of feminine identity on popular television. The book begins by placing "Gilmore Girls" in the context of the history of feminism and feminist television shows such as "Mary Tyler Moore" and "One Day at a Time". The remainder of the essays examine the series from a number of perspectives, looking at its portrayal of traditional and non-traditional gender identities and familial relationships.The topics include the hyper-real utopia represented by "Gilmore Girls'" fictional Stars Hollow; the faux-feminist perspective offered by Rory Gilmore's unfulfilling (and often masochistic) romantic relationships; the ways in which "mean girl" Paris Geller both adheres to and departs from the traditional archetype of female power and aggression; and the role of Lorelai Gilmore's oft-criticized marriage in destroying the show's central theme of single motherhood during its seventh season.
The work also studies the role of food and its consumption as a narrative device throughout the show's development, evaluating the ways in which food negotiates, defines, and upholds the characters' gendered and class performances. The work also includes a complete episode guide listing the air date, title, writer, and director of every episode in the series.
Ritch Calvin teaches in the women's studies program at SUNY Stony Brook in New York.
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