Reality gendervision : sexuality & gender on transatlantic reality television / Brenda R. Weber, editor
- Durham ; London : Duke University Press, 2014.
- Physical Description:
- xiii, 380 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Additional Creators:
- Weber, Brenda R., 1964-
- Trash talk: the gender politics of reality television / Brenda R. Weber -- The pleasures and perils in being seen -- The "pig", "the older woman" and the "catfight": -- Gender, celebrity, and controversy in a decade of British reality TV / Su Holmes and Deborah Jermyn -- Reality TV and the gendered politics of flaunting / Misha Kavka -- Keeping up with the aspirations: commercial family values and the Kardashian brand / Maria Pramaggiore and Diane Negra -- When America's queen of talk saved Britain's duchess of pork: finding Sarah, Oprah Winfrey, and the transatlantic politics of self-making / Brenda R. Weber -- Wrecked: programming celesbian reality / Dana Heller -- Citizenship, ethnicity, and (trans)national identity -- Abject femininity and compulsory masculinity on Jersey shore / Amanda Ann Klein -- Supersizing the family: nation, gender, and recession on reality TV / Rebecca Stephens -- "Get more action" on gladiatorial television: simulation and masculinity on deadliest warrior / Lindsay Steenberg -- Jade Goody's preemptive hagiography: neoliberal citizenship and reality TV celebrity / Kimberly Springer -- Mediated freak shows and cautionary tales it's not TV, it's birth control: reality TV and the "problem" of teenage pregnancy / Laurie Ouellette -- Intimating disaster: choices, women, and hoarding shows / Susan Lepselter -- Freaky five-year-olds and mental mommies: narratives of gender, race, and class in tlc's toddlers & tiaras / Kirsten Pike -- Legitimate targets: reality television and large people / Gareth Palmer -- Spectral men: femininity, race, and traumatic manhood in the RTV ghost-hunter genre / David Greven.
- This essay collection focuses on the gendered dimensions of reality television in both the United States and Great Britain. Through close readings of a wide range of reality programming, from Finding Sarah and Sister Wives to Ghost Adventures and Deadliest Warrior, the contributors think through questions of femininity and masculinity, as they relate to the intersections of gender, race, class, and sexuality. They connect the genre's combination of real people and surreal experiences, of authenticity and artifice, to the production of identity and norms of citizenship, the commodification of selfhood, and the naturalization of regimes of power. Whether assessing the Kardashian family brand, portrayals of hoarders, or big-family programs such as 19 Kids and Counting, the contributors analyze reality television as a relevant site for the production and performance of gender. In the process, they illuminate the larger neoliberal and postfeminist contexts in which reality TV is produced, promoted, watched, and experienced.
- 9780822356691 (cloth : alk. paper)
0822356694 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780822356820 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0822356821 (pbk. : alk. paper)
- Includes videography (pages 361-367).
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 342-360) and index.
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