Interrogating Postfeminism: Gender and the Politics of Popular Culture (Console-ing Passions)

Interrogating Postfeminism: Gender and the Politics of Popular Culture (Console-ing Passions)

By: Yvonne Tasker (editor), Diane Negra (editor)Paperback

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This timely collection brings feminist critique to bear on contemporary postfeminist mass media culture, analyzing phenomena ranging from action films featuring violent heroines to the "girling" of aging women in productions such as the movie Something's Gotta Give and the British television series 10 Years Younger. Broadly defined, "postfeminism" encompasses a set of assumptions that feminism has accomplished its goals and is now a thing of the past. It presumes that women are unsatisfied with their (taken for granted) legal and social equality and can find fulfillment only through practices of transformation and empowerment. Postfeminism is defined by class, age, and racial exclusions; it is youth-obsessed and white and middle-class by default. Anchored in consumption as a strategy and leisure as a site for the production of the self, postfeminist mass media assumes that the pleasures and lifestyles with which it is associated are somehow universally shared and, perhaps more significantly, universally accessible.Essays by feminist film, media, and literature scholars based in the United States and United Kingdom provide an array of perspectives on the social and political implications of postfeminism. Examining magazines, mainstream and independent cinema, popular music, and broadcast genres from primetime drama to reality television, contributors consider how postfeminism informs self-fashioning through makeovers and cosmetic surgery, the "metrosexual" male, the "black chick flick," and more. Interrogating Postfeminism demonstrates not only the viability of, but also the necessity for, a powerful feminist critique of contemporary popular culture. Contributors. Sarah Banet-Weiser, Steven Cohan, Lisa Coulthard, Anna Feigenbaum, Suzanne Leonard, Angela McRobbie, Diane Negra, Sarah Projansky, Martin Roberts, Hannah E. Sanders, Kimberly Springer, Yvonne Tasker, Sadie Wearing

About Author

Yvonne Tasker is a professor of film and television studies at the University of East Anglia. She is the author of Working Girls: Gender and Sexuality in Popular Cinema and Spectacular Bodies: Gender, Genre, and the Action Cinema as well as the editor of Action and Adventure Cinema. Diane Negra is a professor of film and television studies at the University of East Anglia. She is the author of Off-White Hollywood: American Culture and Ethnic Female Stardom; the editor of The Irish in Us: Irishness, Performativity, and Popular Culture; and a coeditor of A Feminist Reader in Early Cinema, the latter two of which are both also published by Duke University Press.


Acknowledgments vii Introduction: Feminist Politics and Postfeminist Culture / Yvonne Tasker and Diane Negra 1 1. Postfeminism and Popular Culture: Bridget Jones and the New Gender Regime / Angela McRobbie 27 2. Mass Magazine Cover Girls: Some Reflections on Postfeminist Girls and Postfeminism's Daughters / Sarah Projansky 40 3. Living a Charmed Life: The Magic of Postfeminist Sisterhood / Hannah E. Sanders 73 4. "I Hate My Job, I Hate Everybody Here": Adultery, Boredom, and the "Working Girl" in Twenty-First Century American Cinema / Suzanne Leonard 100 5. Remapping the Resonances of Riot Grrrl: Feminisms, Postfeminisms, and "Processes" of Punk / Anna Feigenbaum 132 6. Killing Bill: Rethinking Feminism and Film Violence / Lisa Coulthard 153 7. Queer Eye for the Straight Guise: Camp, Posfeminism, and the Fab Five's Makeovers of Masculinity / Steven Cohan 176 8. What's Your Flava? Race and Postfeminism in Media Culture / Sarah Banet-Weiser 201 9. The Fashion Police: Governing the Self in What Not to Wear / Martin Roberts 227 10. Divas, Evil Black Bitches, and Bitter Black Women: African American Women in Postfeminist and Post-Civil-Rights Popular Culture / Kimberly Springer 249 11. Subjects of Rejuvenation: Aging in Postfeminist Culture / Sadie Wearing 277 Bibliography 311 Contributors 331 Index 355

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  • ISBN13: 9780822340324
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 360
  • ID: 9780822340324
  • ISBN10: 0822340321

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