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Women in Neoliberal Postfeminist Television Drama

Representing Gendered Experiences of the Second World War

Authors: Mahoney, Cat

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  • Demonstrates that postfeminism, far from being a spent force, remains a structuring need in representations of women’s history on television
  • Offers a new perspective to debates on representations of women’s experiences of the Second World War and moves the discussion beyond questions regarding historical accuracy
  • Elaborates on the relationship between television and cultural memory and the importance of television as a site of memory and identity construction for groups whose stories are marginalised in mainstream histories​
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“In this insightful book, Cat Mahoney offers a fascinating analysis of contemporary TV dramas such as Home Fires, Land Girls and The Bletchley Circle. Developing the idea that history is told through the preoccupations of the present, she argues compellingly that these are postfeminist dramas which work through troubling ideas about heteronormative romance, domesticity, beauty and whiteness, while reinforcing the idea that feminism as a political movement is not necessary. A bold and original contribution to television studies, gender studies and popular history.”

 

̶  Rosalind Gill, City, University of London, UK

 

By examining contemporary television drama set during and immediately after the Second World War, this book illustrates the ways in which postfeminism has shaped representations of women in contemporary culture. Mahoney offers a new perspective to debates that have previously been concerned with questions of historical accuracy. She argues that depictions of women from the past in modern television drama spawn from the neoliberal postfeminist media climate which originated in the 1990s. These depictions respond to a cultural need to naturalise and de-historicise a version of neoliberal postfeminist femininity that is compatible with the current media climate and far more reflective of the concerns of the present than any “real” or lived experience of women in the past. The result of this process of naturalisation is the assertion that postfeminist values are natural and eternal, rather than a product of the 1980s economic turn and the present political moment. By identifying and interrogating postfeminist norms within four television drama series produced since the 2008 financial crash, this book argues that postfeminism is a dominant structuring force in their depiction of female characters and of the past.




About the authors

Cat Mahoney is a Research and Impact Administrator at the University of Liverpool, UK. She has published on the representation of female participation in the Second World War in Frames Cinema Journal as well as the edited collection The Past in Visual Culture: Essays on Memory, Nostalgia and the Media of which she is co-editor.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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eBook $44.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-30449-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $59.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-30448-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Women in Neoliberal Postfeminist Television Drama
Book Subtitle
Representing Gendered Experiences of the Second World War
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-30449-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-30449-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-30448-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 134
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