Smart Chicks On Screen: Representing Women's Intellect In Film And Television by Laura Mattoon D'amoreSmart Chicks On Screen: Representing Women's Intellect In Film And Television by Laura Mattoon D'amore

Smart Chicks On Screen: Representing Women's Intellect In Film And Television

EditorLaura Mattoon D'amore

Paperback | July 19, 2016

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In Smart Chicks on Screen: Representing Women's Intellect in Film and Television, Laura Mattoon D'Amore brings together an impressive array of scholarship that interrogates the portrayal of females on TV and in movies. Among the questions that the volume seeks to answer are: in what ways are women in film and television limited, or ostracized, by their intelligence? How do female roles reinforce standards of beauty, submissiveness, and silence, over intellect, problem solving, and leadership? Are there women in film and television who are intelligent without also being objectified?The thirteen essays by international, interdisciplinary scholars offer a wide range of perspectives, examining the connections-and disconnections-between beauty and brains in film and television. Smart Chicks on Screen will be of interest not only to scholars of film and television, but women's studies, reception studies, and cultural history, as well.

About The Author

Laura Mattoon D'Amore is assistant professor of American studies at Roger Williams University. She is the editor of Bound by Love: Familial Bonding in Film and Television Since 1950 (2009) and co-editor of We Are What We Remember: The American Past through Commemoration (2012).

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Title:Smart Chicks On Screen: Representing Women's Intellect In Film And TelevisionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.77 × 6.01 × 0.72 inPublished:July 19, 2016Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442275626

ISBN - 13:9781442275621

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Table of Contents

Introduction, Laura Mattoon D'AmoreChapter One: Not Just Born Yesterday: July Holliday, the Red Scare, and the (Mis-)Uses of Hollywood's "Dumb Blonde" ImageStephen R. DuncanChapter Two: The Fuzzy End of the Lollipop: Protofeminism and Collective Subjectivity in Some Like it HotMelissa MeadeChapter Three: Brainy Broads: Images of Women's Intellect in Film NoirSheri Chinen BiesenChapter Four: Troubling Binaries: Women Scientists in 1950s B-MoviesLinda LevittChapter Five: "The High Priestess of the Desert": Female Intellect and Subjectivity in ContactAllison WhitneyChapter Six: Mad Men's Peggy Olsen: A Pre-Feminist Champion in a Post-Feminist TV LandscapeStefania MarghituChapter Seven: A Deeper Cut: Enlightened Sexism and Grey's AnatomyMikaela FeroliChapter Eight: "There is no genius": Dr. Joan Watson and the Re-writing of Gender and Intelligence on CBS' ElementaryHelen Kang and Natasha PattersonChapter Nine: .Stories Worth Telling: How Kerry Washington Balances Brains, Beauty, and Power in HollywoodDe Anna J. ReeseChapter Ten: Post-Feminism, Sexuality and the Question of Millenial Identity on HBO's GirlsMargaret J. TallyChapter Eleven: I Can't Believe I Fell for Muppet Man! Female Nerds and the Order of DiscourseRaewyn CampbellChapter Twelve: Brains, Beauty, and Feminist Television: The Women of The Big Bang Theory Amanda StoneChapter Thirteen: Too Smart for Their Own Good? Images of Young Jewish Women in Television and FilmRachel Shaina BernsteinAbout the EditorAbout the ContributorsIndex

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Taken individually, these essays are quite interesting. They all analyze outstanding female characters that fight against stereotypes of women in general, as well as on the small screen, where physical appearance often takes precedence over intellectual capacity. (Translated from French)