Serialised Gender. A Linguistic Analysis of Femininities in Contemporary TV Series and Media
di Daniela Francesca Virdis
Genova, Edizioni Culturali internazionali Genova, 2012
Collana “Lagado studi.” Collana di testi universitari diretta da Giuseppe Sertoli & Fabio Cleto, 7
Addressing the interdisciplinary area of language and gender as applied to television and media studies, this volume is focused on a number of extremely popular contemporary TV series, the film When Harry Met Sally … and the novel Bridget Jones’s Diary. With all their specificities, these TV series, film and novel share a reinvention of the codes of romance, by representing an up-to-date, somehow fashionable version of the traditional, and traditionally female, genre of romance geared to postfeminist consumer culture. This close linguistic and critical scrutiny results in laying bare the textual and discursive strategies by which feminism has switched to postfeminist romance, and in so doing has yielded to postfeminist backlash.
AIA (Associazione Italiana di Anglistica) Book Prize 2013 in English Language and Linguistics.
Daniela Francesca Virdis is a Lecturer in English Language at the University of Cagliari.