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The new female antihero : the disruptive women of twenty-first-century US television  Cover Image Book Book

The new female antihero : the disruptive women of twenty-first-century US television / Sarah Hagelin and Gillian Silverman.


"The last ten years have presented television viewers with a host of female characters the likes of which we've never seen before. Selfish, vengeful, and often deeply unlikeable, they fly in the face of our expectations for women. In The New Female Antihero, Sarah Hagelin and Gillian Silverman probe the stories of female protagonists who eschew aspirations for a career, marriage, and children, swerving instead toward utter apathy, at one end of the spectrum, or unadulterated power at the other. From the bloodthirsty queens of Game of Thrones, The Americans, Scandal, and Homeland to the shrugging failures of Girls, Broad City, Insecure, and SMILF, female antiheroes register a deep ambivalence about the promises of liberal feminism in contemporary America. As Hagelin and Silverman show, their narratives of ruthlessness, insanity, hedonism, and precarity call into question both the possibility and the desirability of the "good life" their forebears achieved through entitlement, pluck, and leaning in"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780226816357
  • ISBN: 0226816354
  • ISBN: 9780226816401
  • ISBN: 0226816400
  • ISBN: 9780226816364
  • ISBN: 0226816362
  • Physical Description: xiii, 265 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2022.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: The new female antihero -- the what, the why, the how -- Ambition TV. The limits of the female antihero in Game of Thrones ; The impossibility of the marriage plot in The Americans ; Scandal and the failure of postracial fantasy ; Homeland and the rejection of the domestic plot -- Shame TV. Feminist anti-aspirationalism in Girls ; Liberation and whiteness in Broad City ; The difference that race makes in Insecure ; Working-class identity and matriarchal community in SMILF.
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Copyright ©2022 University of Chicago Press 2022 University of Chicago Press
Subject: Women antiheroes on television > 21st century.
Women on television > 21st century.
Characters and characteristics on television > 21st century.
Television programs > United States > 21st century.
Television programs > United States.
Émissions télévisées > États-Unis.
Femmes à la télévision > 21e siècle.
Personnages à la télévision > 21e siècle.
Émissions télévisées > États-Unis > 21e siècle.
Women antiheroes on television.
Television programs.
United States.
Genre: Television criticism and reviews.
Informational works.

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