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‘Period Sex’ : Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and the Feminist Politics of Offence

Title data

Horn, Katrin:
‘Period Sex’ : Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and the Feminist Politics of Offence.
In: Gräfer, Anne (ed.): Media and the Politics of Offence. - Basingstoke : Palgrave , 2019 . - pp. 127-145 . - 18
ISBN 978-3-030-17573-3
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-17574-0_7

Abstract in another language

This chapter untangles Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s (The CW 2015–2019) several strands of crudity and overall offensiveness to make the case for the show’s complex commentary on postfeminism and contemporary media culture. Rather than looking at its musical interludes or comic elements as clashing with the show’s exploration of feminist issues, the chapter positions these as essential to the biting critique that has made this portmanteau-hyphen television outlier—a female-lead dramedy-cringe-musical series—a critical, if not commercial success. It outlines the show’s critique of ‘abject postfeminism’, before tracing its rejection of the romanticizing of ‘crazy women’ in US-American popular culture. Exemplary readings of select scenes detail how the series employs different levels of offence to push the limits of female representation in contemporary television.

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Item Type: Article in a book
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: gender studies; musical; television; feminist media studies; offence
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Chair American Studies/ Anglophone Literatures and Cultures > Chair American Studies/ Anglophone Literatures and Cultures - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sylvia Mayer
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 700 Arts and recreation > 790 Sports, games, entertainment
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2019 09:26
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2019 09:26
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/53552