Watching Rape Film and Television in Postfeminist Culture

ISBN-10: 0814766900
ISBN-13: 9780814766903
Edition: 2001
Authors: Sarah Projansky
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Description: Looking at popular culture from 1980 to the present, feminism appears to be "over": that is, according to popular critics we are in an era of "postfeminism" in which feminism has supposedly already achieved equality for women. Not so, says Sarah  More...

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List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 8/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Looking at popular culture from 1980 to the present, feminism appears to be "over": that is, according to popular critics we are in an era of "postfeminism" in which feminism has supposedly already achieved equality for women. Not so, says Sarah Projansky. In Watching Rape , Projansky undermines this complacent view in her fascinating and thorough analysis of depictions of rape in U.S. film, television, and independent video. Through a cultural studies analysis of such films as Thelma and Louise , Daughters of the Dust , and She's Gotta Have It , and television shows like ER , Ally McBeal , Beverly Hills 90210 , and various made-for-tv movies, Projansky challenges us to see popular culture as a part of our everyday lives and practices, and to view that culture critically. How have media defined rape and feminism differently over time? How do popular narratives about rape also communicate ideas about gender, race, class, nationality, and sexuality? And, what is the future of feminist politics, theory, and criticism with regard to issues of sexual violence, postfeminism, and popular media? The first study to address the relationship between rape and postfeminism, and one of the most detailed and thorough analyses of rape in 25 years, Watching Rape is a crucial contribution to contemporary feminism.

Sarah Projansky is Professor of Film and Media Arts and of Gender Studies at the University of Utah.  She is author of Watching Rape: Film and Television in Postfeminist Culture (also available from New York University Press) and co-editor of Enterprise Zones: Critical Positions on Star Trek .

Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
A Feminist History of Rape in U.S. Film, 1903-1979p. 26
The Postfeminist Context: Popular Redefinitions of Feminism, 1980-Presentp. 66
Film and Television Narratives at the Intersection of Rape and Postfeminismp. 90
Feminism and the Popular: Readings of Rape and Postfeminism in Thelma and Louisep. 121
Persistently Displaced: Black Women in Rape Narrativesp. 154
Talking Back to Postfeminism? Rape Prevention and Education Films and Videosp. 196
Conclusionp. 231
Notesp. 239
Works Citedp. 275
Index of Film and Television Titlesp. 297
General Indexp. 305
About the Authorp. 311
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

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