Surrogacy And The Reproduction Of Normative Family On Tv by Lulu Le VaySurrogacy And The Reproduction Of Normative Family On Tv by Lulu Le Vay

Surrogacy And The Reproduction Of Normative Family On Tv

byLulu Le Vay

Hardcover | June 3, 2019

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This book examines the proliferation of surrogacy storylines on TV, exploring themes of infertility, motherhood, parenting and family. It investigates how, despite reproductive technologies' ability to flex contours of family, the shows' narratives work to uphold the white, heterosexual, genetically-reproduced family as the ideal. In dialogue with responses from a range of female viewers, both mothers and non-mothers, the book scrutinises the construction of family ideology on television with studies includingCoronation Street(1960-present),Giuliana & Bill(2009-2014),Rules of Engagement(2007-2013),The New Normal(2012-2013),Top of the Lake: China Girl(2017)The Handmaid's Tale(2017-present) and filmBaby Mama(2008). These studies raise a number of questions; is homosexuality only acceptable when it echoes heterosexual norms? Are female characters only fulfilled when they are genetic mothers? Does heterosexual romance override technology in the cure for infertility? While the answers to these questions may suggest that television still conforms to heteronormative narratives, this book importantly demonstrates that audiences desire alternative happy endings that show infertile female characters more positively and recognise alternative kinship formations as meaningful.
Lulu Le Vay is a Visiting Lecturer and Module Leader for University of West London, Roehampton, and University of Westminster, UK. She is also a professional DJ and music consultant who performs regularly at art happenings and exclusive music events across the UK and globally.
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Title:Surrogacy And The Reproduction Of Normative Family On TvFormat:HardcoverDimensions:258 pagesPublished:June 3, 2019Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3030175693

ISBN - 13:9783030175696

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction.- Chapter 2: The reproduction of the family.- Chapter 3: Cultural narratives of the family.- Chapter 4: I want a baby!.- Chapter 5: Becoming ordinary.- Chapter 6: Infertile bodies.- Chapter 7: Queer futures.- Chapter 8: The Conclusion.