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Screwball Television
Critical Perspectives on Gilmore Girls

Edited by David Scott Diffrient with David Lavery

Cloth $39.95s    |    978-0-8156-3239-9    |    2010

Bringing together seventeen original essays by scholars from around the world, Screwball Television offers a variety of international perspectives on Gilmore Girls (WB/CW, 2000–2007). Adored by fans and celebrated by critics for its sophisticated wordplay and compelling portrayal of a mother-daughter relationship, this contemporary American TV program finally gets its due as a cultural production unlike any other–one that is beholden to Hollywood’s screwball comedies of the 1930s, steeped in intertextual references, and framed as a "kinder, gentler kind of cult television series" in this tightly focused yet wide–ranging collection.

This volume makes a significant contribution to television studies, genre studies, and women’s studies, taking Gilmore Girls as its focus while adopting a panoramic critical approach sensitive to such topics as

  • serialized fiction
  • elite education
  • addiction as a social construct
  • food consumption and the disciplining of bodies
  • post-feminism and female desire
  • depictions of journalism in popular culture
  • the changing face of masculinity in contemporary U.S. society
  • liturgical and ritualistic structures in televisual narrative
  • Orientalism and Asian representations on American TV
  • Internet fan discourses
  • new genre theories attuned to the landscape of twenty-first-century media convergence

Screwball Television seeks to bring Gilmore Girls more fully into academic discourse not only as a topic worthy of critical scrutiny but also as an infinitely rewarding text capable of stimulating the imagination of students beyond the classroom.

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David Scott Diffrient is Professor of Film and Media Studies in the Department of Communication Studies at Colorado State University. His articles have been published in Cinema Journal, Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television, Journal of Film and Video, New Review of Film and Television Studies, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, and other journals. He is the author of Omnibus Films: Theorizing Transauthorial Cinema and the co-author of Movie Migrations: Transnational Genre Flows and South Korean Cinema.

David Lavery is professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University. He is the author, coauthor, editor, or coeditor of seventeen books, including Lost’s Buried Treasures, Reading Deadwood, and Deny All Knowledge: Reading The X-Files (published by Syracuse University Press).

6 x 9, 372 pages, notes, appendix, references, index

Screwball Television Critical Perspectives on Gilmore Girls

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