Material Girls: Making Sense of Feminist Cultural Theory (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 221 pages
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Madonna, Murphy Brown, Thelma and Louise: These much-discussed media icons are the starting points of Suzanna Walter's brilliant, much-needed introduction to feminist cultural theory. Accessible yet theoretically sophisticated, up-to-date and entertaining, "Material Girls" acquaints readers with the major theories, debates, and concepts in this new and exciting field. With numerous case studies and illustrations, Walters situates feminist cultural theory against the background of the women's movement and media studies. Using examples from film, television, advertising, and popular discourse, she looks at topics such as the "male gaze," narrative theory, and new work on female "ways of seeing" and spectatorship. Throughout, Walters provides a historically grounded account of representations of women in popular culture while critiquing the dominance of psychoanalytic and postmodern analyses. The first comprehensive guide to the approaches and debates that make up this growing field, "Material Girls" belongs on the shelf of every cultural critic and savvy student today.
  

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Contents

From Images of Women to Woman
29
On Gender
50
Gender Narrative
67
You Looking at Me? Seeing beyond
86
Toward a Feminist
143
Notes
161
Bibliography
179
Index
213
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Suzanna Danuta Walters is Assistant Professor of Sociology aSuzanna Danuta Walters is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, and author of "Lives Together/Worldt Georgetown University, and author of "Lives Together/Worlds Apart: Mothers and Daughters in Popular Culture" (Californs Apart: Mothers and Daughters in Popular Culture" (California, 1992). ia, 1992).

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