Feminist Theory and Pop Culture
“This excellent anthology grounds feminism as articulated through four waves and features feminists responding to pop culture, while recognizing that popular culture has responded in complicated ways to feminisms. Contributors proffer lucid and engaging critiques of topics ranging from belly dancing through Fifty Shades of Grey, Scandal and Orange is the New Black. This book is a good read as well as an excellent text to enliven and inform in the classroom.” Jane Caputi, Ph.D., Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Communication & Multimedia at Florida Atlantic University
Feminist Theory & Pop Culture synthesizes feminist theory with modern portrayals of gender in media culture. This comprehensive and interdisciplinary text includes an introductory chapter written by the editor as well as nine contributor chapters of original content. Included in the text:
· Historical illustration of feminist theory
· Application of feminist research methods for the study of gender
· Feminist theoretical perspectives such as the male gaze, feminist standpoint theory, Black feminist thought, queer theory, masculinity theory, theories of feminist activism and postfeminism
· Contributor chapters cover a range of topics from Western perspectives on Belly Dance classes to television shows such as GIRLS, Scandal and Orange is the New Black, as well as chapters which discuss gendered media forms like “chick lit”, comic books and Western perspectives of non-Western culture in film
· Feminist theory as represented in the different waves of feminism, including a discussion of a forth wave
· Pedagogical features
· Suggestions for further reading on topics covered
· Discussion questions for classroom use
Feminist Theory & Pop Culture was designed for classroom use and has been written with an eye toward engaging students in discussion. The book’s polished perspective on feminist theory juxtaposes popular culture with theoretical perspectives which have served as a foundation for the study of gender. This interdisciplinary text can serve as a primary or supplemental reading in undergraduate or graduate courses which focus on gender, pop culture, feminist theory or media studies.
More Praise for Feminist Theory and Pop Culture
“Feminist Theory and Popular Culture is destined to be as popular as the culture it critiques. The text plays up the paradoxes of contemporary feminism and requires its readers to ask difficult questions about how and why the popular bring us pleasure. It is a contemporary collection that captures this moment in feminist time with diverse analyses of women’s representations across an impressive swath of popular culture. Feminist Theory and Popular Culture is the kind of text that makes me want to redesign my pop culture course. Again.” Ebony A. Utley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication at California State University-Long Beach, author of Rap and Religion.
"As a woman who tries to bring a feminist perspective to conversations with people who might never have considered how feminist histories and theories affect them, I have been waiting for a collection like this!" Emily Lindin, Founder of The UnSlut Project, author of UnSlut: A Diary and a Memoir, and creator of "Slut: A Documentary Film."
"Feminist Theory & Pop Culture offers some excellent material for undergraduate teaching. I’m especially excited by the contemporary and highly relevant analyses of Olivia Pope from Scandal (Griffin) and the newly fashionable return of belly dancing (Moe). By providing readers with concrete and familiar examples from popular culture media and practices, Trier-Blank’s collection facilitates students’ grasp of theoretical materials. Feminist analysis of Black stereotypes acquire an urgency and clarity for undergraduates when linked to and explicated through Scandal, one of the few shows a majority of my students watch. Likewise, Moe’s arguments about the male gaze in belly dance provide leverage for discussions of contemporary hyper-sexualization as expressed through practices such as middle-class pole classes and adolescent girls’ clothing extremes. The chapters provide a wide range of specific contexts and are highly engaging for classes on culture, pop culture, gender, feminist theory and representation." Sarah Corse, PhD. Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Virginia
Table of Contents
Unveiling the Gaze: Belly Dance as a Site of Refuge, Re-Envisioning and Resistance
Angela M. Moe
Girls, Grrrls, GIRLS: Lena Dunham, Girls and the Contradictions of Fourth Wave Feminism
April Kalogeropoulos Householder
Olivia Pope as Problematic and Paradoxical: A Black Feminist Critique of Scandal’s “Mammification”
Rachel Alicia Griffin
The “Un-Quiet Queen”: An Analysis of Rapper Nicki Minaj in the Fame Comic Book
Melvin Williams and Tia Tyree
Queerness (Un)Shackled: Theorizing Orange is the New Black
Lauren J. DeCarvalho and Nicole B. Cox
Warning! Social Construction Zone!: Exploring Masculinities, Femininities and Gender Roles in Cop Shows.
Carrie L. Buist and Jean-Anne Sutherland
Girl Rising and the Problematic ‘Other’: Celebritizing Third-World Girlhoods
Paradoxes of Postfeminism: Coercion and Consent in Fifty Shades of Grey
From Street to Tweet: Popular Culture and Feminist Activism
Jenn Brandt and Sam Kizer