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Why Girls? Why now?


Nash, M and Whelehan, I, Why Girls? Why now?, Reading Lena Dunham's Girls: feminism, postfeminism, authenticity and gendered performance in contemporary television, Springer International Publishing AG, M Nash and I Whelehan (ed), pp. 1-16. ISBN 9783319529707 (2017) [Other Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-52971-4_1


This chapter introduces readers to a range of scholarship and outlines the key reasons why the HBO TV series Girls has caused such controversy over its first five seasons, and why it is the show many feminists love to hate. The feminist content of this and other media productions, its relationship to a ‘postfeminist sensibility’, and the celebrity feminism of Lena Dunham are brought to the fore. This chapter reviews key critical scholarship in the area and highlights important new areas of investigation. With a helpful introduction to the work of each contributor, it responds to Girls as a millennial text with an important gendered message, whilst anticipating and foregrounding important criticisms of its blind spots, and the perils of putting feminism into popular culture.

Item Details

Item Type:Other Book Chapter
Keywords:girls, postfeminism, authenticity
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Nash, M (Associate Professor Meredith Nash)
UTAS Author:Whelehan, I (Professor Imelda Whelehan)
ID Code:117747
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-06-27
Last Modified:2018-12-14

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