Gilmore Girls and the Politics of Identity: Essays on Family and Feminism in the Television Series

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Ritch Calvin
McFarland, 21 nov. 2014 - 229 pages
This work examines the Gilmore Girls from a post-feminist perspective, evaluating how the show's main female characters and supporting cast fit into the classic portrayal of feminine identity on popular television. The book begins by placing Gilmore Girls in the context of the history of feminism and feminist television shows such as Mary Tyler Moore and One Day at a Time. The remainder of the essays look at series' portrayal of traditional and non-traditional gender identities and familial relationships. Topics include the hyper-real utopia represented by Gilmore Girls' fictional Stars Hollow; the faux-feminist perspective offered by Rory Gilmore's unfulfilling (and often masochistic) romantic relationships; the ways in which "mean girl" Paris Geller both adheres to and departs from the traditional archetype of female power and aggression; and the role of Lorelai Gilmore's oft-criticized marriage in destroying the show's central theme of single motherhood during its seventh season. The work also studies the role of food and its consumption as a narrative device throughout the show's development, evaluating the ways in which food negotiates, defines, and upholds the characters' gendered and class performances. The work also includes a complete episode guide listing the air date, title, writer, and director of every episode in the series.
 

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Gilmore Girls Utopia
23
An Ivy League Education
35
The Dynamicism of Paris Geller
50
A Contrast in Definitions
63
Negotiating Feminism
80
Got MILF? Losing Lorelai in Season Seven
96
Mothering and Power
114
Generation Gap? Mothers Daughters and Music
127
Constructs
143
Gender Lies in Stars Hollow
159
Food and Its Consumption as a Narrative Device
175
How Internet Fan Communities
193
Episode Guide
205
Notes on Contributors
213
General Index
219
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Ritch Calvin teaches in the women’s studies program at SUNY Stony Brook in New York.

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