What a Girl Wants?: Fantasizing the Reclamation of Self in Postfeminism

What a Girl Wants?: Fantasizing the Reclamation of Self in Postfeminism

By: Diane Negra (author)Paperback

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From domestic goddess to desperate housewife, What a Girl Wants? explores the importance and centrality of postfeminism in contemporary popular culture. Focusing on a diverse range of media forms, including film, TV, advertising and journalism, Diane Negra holds up a mirror to the contemporary female subject who finds herself centralized in commodity culture to a largely unprecedented degree at a time when Hollywood romantic comedies, chick-lit, and female-centred primetime TV dramas all compete for her attention and spending power. The models and anti-role models analyzed in the book include the chick flick heroines of princess films, makeover movies and time travel dramas, celebrity brides and bravura mothers, `Runaway Bride' sensation Jennifer Wilbanks, the sex workers, flight attendants and nannies who maintain such a high profile in postfeminist popular culture, the authors of postfeminist panic literature on dating, marriage and motherhood and the domestic gurus who propound luxury lifestyling as a showcase for the `achieved' female self.

About Author

Diane Negra is Professor of Film Studies and Screen Culture at University College Dublin. She is author of Off-White Hollywood: American Culture and Ethnic Female Stardom, editor of The Irish in Us: Irishness, Performativity and Popular Culture and co-editor of A Feminist Reader in Early Cinema and Interrogating Postfeminism: Gender and the Politics of Popular Culture.

Contents

1: Introduction 2: Postfeminism, Family Values, and the Social Fantasy of the Hometown 3: Time Crisis and the New Postfeminist Life Cycle 4: Postfeminist Working Girls: New Archetypes of the Female Labor Market 5: Hyperdomesticity, Self-Care and the Well-Lived Life in Postfeminism

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780415452281
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 182
  • ID: 9780415452281
  • weight: 318
  • ISBN10: 0415452287

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