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The Feminist Spectator in Action

Feminist Criticism for the Stage and Screen

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Based on her award-winning blog, The Feminist Spectator, Jill Dolan presents a lively feminist perspective in reviews and essays on a variety of theatre productions, films and television series—from The Social Network and...

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Based on her award-winning blog, The Feminist Spectator, Jill Dolan presents a lively feminist perspective in reviews and essays on a variety of theatre productions, films and television series—from The Social Network and Homeland to Split Britches' Lost Lounge. Demonstrating the importance of critiquing mainstream culture through a feminist lens, Dolan also offers invaluable advice on how to develop feminist critical thinking and writing skills. This is an essential read for budding critics and any avid spectator of the stage and screen.

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Provides a feminist viewpoint on a wide range of contemporary stage and screen productions, from Homeland to The Hunger Games
Based on the popular and awardwinning Feminist Spectator blog; features an edited selection of original posts and new material
Shows how to do feminist criticism of the stage and screen for budding critics as well as theatre, film and TV lovers

Introduction.- PART I: ADVOCACY 1. Dynasty Handbag.- 2. The Kids are All Right.- 3. Dog and Pony Show.- 4. The Hurt Locker.- 5. Circumstance.- 6. Scandal.- 7. Young Adult.- 8. Girls and Tiny Furniture.- PART II: ACTIVISM 9. Mamma Mia!.- 10. Nurse Jackie.- 11. For Colored Girls.- 12. The Black Swan.- 13. The Social Network.- 14. The Hunger Games.- 15. Brave.- PART III: ARGUMENT 16. The Merchant of Venice.- 17. The Normal Heart.- 18. Children's Hour.- 19. Homeland.- 20. Porgy and Bess.- 21. Wit.- 22. Death of a Salesman.- 23. Clybourne Park.- 24. Tomboy.- PART IV: ARTISTRY 25. Friday Night Lights.- 26. Come Back, Little Sheba.- 27. Hair
28. Let Me Down Easy.- 29. Bridesmaids.- 30. Lost Lounge.- 31. Once.- 32. Jomama Jones.- 33. Midsummer Night's Dream.- 34. Your Sister's Sister.- PART V: HOW TO BE A FEMINIST CRITIC/SPECTATOR Suggestions for Further Reading.- Appendix.- Index.
“The Feminist Spectator is certainly a reader-friendly text. … The Feminist Spectator will make an engaging addition to any feminist classroom or scholarly bookshelf. Reminding us of feminist hope–both in theory and practice–this book is a call to action, as well as a touchstone, for twenty-first-century feminist teachers and learners.” (Corey Hickner-Johnson, Feminist Teacher, Vol. 26 (2-3), 2016)
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Jill Dolan is Annan Professor in English and Professor of Theatre at Princeton University, USA, where she is also Director of its programme in Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is the author of Utopia in Performance: Finding Hope at the Theatre and The Feminist Spectator as Critic, among other books. She writes The Feminist Spectator blog at www.feministspectator.blogspot.com.

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Jill Dolan is Annan Professor in English and Professor of Theatre at Princeton University, USA, where she is also Director of its programme in Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is the author of Utopia in Performance: Finding Hope at the Theatre and The Feminist Spectator as Critic, among other books. She writes The Feminist Spectator blog at www.feministspectator.blogspot.com.

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