Defining Women Television and the Case of Cagney and Lacey

ISBN-10: 0807844411
ISBN-13: 9780807844410
Edition: 1994
Authors: Julie D'Acci
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Description: Defining Women explores the social and cultural construction of gender and the meanings of woman, women, and femininity as they were negotiated in the pioneering television series Cagney and Lacey, starring two women as New York City police  More...

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Book details

List price: $47.50
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 5/27/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 358
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Defining Women explores the social and cultural construction of gender and the meanings of woman, women, and femininity as they were negotiated in the pioneering television series Cagney and Lacey, starring two women as New York City police detectives. Julie D'Acci illuminates the tensions between the television industry, the series production team, the mainstream and feminist press, various interest groups, and television viewers over competing notions of what women could or could not benot only on television but in society at large. Cagney and Lacey, which aired from 1981 to 1988, was widely recognized as an innovative treatment of working women and developed a large and loyal following. While researching this book, D'Acci had unprecedented access to the set, to production meetings, and to the complete production files, including correspondence from network executives, publicity firms, and thousands of viewers. She traces the often heated debates surrounding the development of women characters and the representation of feminism on prime-time television, shows how the series was reconfigured as a 'woman's program,' and investigates questions of female spectatorship and feminist readings. Although she focuses on Cagney and Lacey, D'Acci discusses many other examples from the history of American television.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Women Characters and "Real World" Femininity
A Women's Audience
A Woman's Program
Negotiating Feminism
Female/Feminine/Feminist Audiences, Spectators, and Readings
Conclusion
Notes
Episode Script: "A Cry for Help"
Index

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