'A good body': the case of/for feminist media studies

Thornham, Sue (2003) 'A good body': the case of/for feminist media studies. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 6 (1). pp. 75-94. ISSN 1367-5494

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The figure of the embodied speaker has been central within feminist media and cultural studies and has been central theoretically to questions of how, when and where women can speak with authority. It has also been central to the feminist study of film and television representations in which women have been seen as simultaneously absent as subjects of discourse and overpresent as bodies/images. This article traces the connections between these issues and asks how we should view the recent emergence of the female professor investigator as a hero of popular film and television. It argues that these lecturer detectives are both figures of anxiety ¿ embodying concerns about a perceived feminization of the public sphere ¿ and transgressive figures. In their troubling and embarrassing tendency to evade containment and to speak from a position of embodied difference, they also offer an alter ego for the feminist academic.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Depositing User: Sue Thornham
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:18
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2012 09:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20033
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