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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

Description
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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Authors
David Scott Diffrient is assistant professor of film and media studies at Colorado State University. His articles have appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals, including Journal of Popular Film and Television, Cinema Journal, Critical Studies in Television, and the Journal of Film and Video. He is the author of M*A*S*H.

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


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