Hating Hannah: Or Learning to Love (Post)Feminist Entitlement

Imelda Whelehan

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    In this book, leading and emerging scholars consider the mixed critical responses to Lena Dunhams TV series Girls and reflect on its significance to contemporary debates about postfeminist popular cultures in a post-recession context. The series features both familiar and innovative depictions of young women and men in contemporary America that invite comparisons with Sex and the City. It aims for a refreshed, authentic expression of postfeminist femininity that eschews the glamour and aspirational fantasies spawned by its predecessor. This volume reviews the contemporary scholarship on Girls, from its representation of post-millennial gender politics to depictions of the messiness and imperfections of sex, embodiment, and social interactions. Topics covered include Dunhams privileged role as author/auteur/actor, sexuality, body consciousness, millennial gender identities, the politics of representation, neoliberalism, and post-recession society. This book provides diverse and provocative critical responses to the show and to wider social and media contexts, and contributes to a new generation of feminist scholarship with a powerful concluding reflection from Rosalind Gill. It will appeal to those interested in feminist theory, identity politics, popular culture, and media.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationReading Lena Dunham's Girls: Feminism, postfeminism, authenticity, and gendered performance in contemporary television
    EditorsMeredith Nash and Imelda Whelehan
    Place of PublicationSwitzerland
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    ISBN (Print)9783319529707
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


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