Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, c2014.
Call No: 626:396SMA
Author: Duncan, Stephen R.; Meade, Melissa; Chinen Biesen, Sheri; Levitt, Linda; Whitney, Allison; Feroli, Mikaela; Reese, De Anna J.; Tally, Margaret; Campbell, Raewyn; Stone, Amanda; Berstein, Rachel S.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
PhysDes: 245 pages ; 23 cm
Series: Film and History
Subject: WOMEN IN FILMS; WOMEN ON TV; FEMININITY IN FILMS; FEMINISM AND THE CINEMA; HOLLIDAY, JUDY; CONTACT (AT, Bentley Dean & Martin Butler, 2009); MAD MEN [TV] (US, 2007); GREY'S ANATOMY [TV] (US, 2005-); GIRLS [TV] (US, 2012); SOME LIKE IT HOT (US, Billy Wilder, 1959); BORN YESTERDAY (US, George Cukor, 1950); BIG BANG THEORY, THE [TV] (US, 2007-); ELEMENTARY [TV] (US, 2012-)
Summary: While women have long been featured in leading roles in film and television, the intellectual depictions of female characters in these mediums are out of line with reality. Women continue to be marginalized for their choices, overshadowed by men, and judged by their bodies. In fact, the intelligence of women is rarely the focus of television or film narratives, and on the rare occasion when smart women are showcased, their portrayals are undermined by socially awkward behavior or their intimate relationships are doomed to perpetual failure. While Hollywood claims to offer a different, more evolved look at women, these movies and shows often just repackage old character types that still downplay the intelligence and savvy of women.
In Smart Chicks on Screen: Representing Women’s Intellect in Film and Television, Laura Mattoon D’Amore brings together an impressive array of scholarship that interrogates the portrayal of females on television and in movies. Among the questions that the volume seeks to answer are: In what ways are women in film and television limited, or ostracized, by their intelligence? How do female roles reinforce standards of beauty, submissiveness, and silence over intellect, problem solving, and leadership? Are there women in film and television who are intelligent without also being objectified?
The thirteen essays by international, interdisciplinary scholars offer a wide range of perspectives, examining the connections—and disconnections—between beauty and brains in film and television. Smart Chicks on Screen will be of interest to scholars not only of film and television but of women’s studies, reception studies, and cultural history, as well. -- [Extract taken from the back of book]
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: 1.Not Just Born Yesterday: Judy Holliday, the Red Scare, and the (Miss-)Uses of Hollywood's Dumb Blonde Image / Stephen R. Duncan -- 2.The Fuzzy End of the Lollypop: Protofeminism and Collective Subjectivity in Some Like It Hot / Melissa Meade -- 3.Brainy Broads: Images of Women's Intellect in Film Noir / Sheri Chinen Biesen -- 4.Troubling Binaries: Women Scientists in 1950s B-Movies / Linda Levitt -- 5."The High Priestess of the Desert": Female Intellect and Subjectivity in Contact / Allison Whitney -- 6.Mad Men's Peggy Olson: A Prefeminist Champion in a Postfeminist TV Landscape / Stefania Marghitu -- 7.A Deeper Cut: Enlightened Sexism and Grey's Anatomy / Mikaela Feroli -- 8."There Is No Genius": Dr. Joan Watson and the Rewriting of Gender and Intelligence on CBS's Elementary / Natasha Patterson -- 9.Stories Worth Telling: How Kerry Washington Balances Brains, Beauty, and Power in Hollywood / De Anna J. Reese -- 10. Postfeminism, Sexuality, and the Question of Millennial Identity on HBO's Girls / Margaret J. Tally -- 11. I Can't Believe I Fell for Muppet Man!: Female Nerds and the Order of Discourse / Raewyn Campbell -- 12.Brains, Beauty, and Feminist Television: The Women of The Big Bang Theory / Amanda Stone -- 13.Too Smart for Their Own Good?: Images of Young Jewish Women in Television and Film / Rachel S. Bernstein